WOW, it has been awhile since I've written in the SGA blog, but that is not to say that there hasn't been a lot of great things happening in the gym this month! Summer is a great time at the gym and we have a lot of programs for all ages! Our daily summer camps are jam-packed with activities like gymnastics lessons, swimming lessons, open gym and open swim, crafts, games, our brand new water slide, tie-dye Tuesdays (where each child can bring something to tie-dye), and so much more!our BRAND NEW water slide!
In addition to our daily summer camp, we also offer American Girl Doll Camp on Mondays 9-12, and our enormously popular Jedi Training Camp on Fridays from 9-12. In our American Girl camp, children can bring their favorite doll for a gymnastics lesson, craft, and themed games. This week's theme was "Christmas in July", where participants made Christmas ornaments and played a great game of "Put the scarf on the snowman!" Our Jedi Training Camp for boys and girls features gymnastics, obstacle courses, and light saber training, as well as a great light show at the end! We also offer gymnastics classes and swimming lessons, and you can save money with our gym/swim combo!
Our competitive Junior Olympic and Xcel teams are growing! This summer we welcomed a brand new group of Level 3's to the Junior Olympic team and a group of Bronze and Silvers to our Xcel team! In the developmental levels, we also welcome brand new Hot-Shot and Pre-team students.
Meet Miss Lauren
We also want to introduce the newest member of the Spectrum staff, Lauren Burnham! Originally from Reading, Massachusetts, Lauren competed until she was a senior in high school for her club and for Reading Memorial High School. As a level 8 gymnast, she qualified to the USAIGC National Championships in Greenboro, North Carolina. She taught recreational gymnastics throughout high school and college, and for the past five years, has taught gymnastics through the New Boston Recreation Department. She also is a certified Group Fitness instructor cheerleading coach through New Boston Recreation.
What makes Lauren's perspective on gymnastics really unique is that in addition to being involved with gymnastics throughout most of her life, she is also a "gym mom". Her oldest daughter, Olivia, is a member of the Spectrum Level 4 team. On being a coach and a parent, Lauren says, "It is a wonderful combination being a coach and a mom because it gives you a look at all situations from both perspectives. I have been surprised by how emotional it has been. In the beginning. I had tears watching her at every practice. I have loved seeing her strength! I have been so proud of her ability to overcome both physical and mental challenges in the gym."
Miss Lauren brings a ton of positive energy into the gym, and shows enthusiasm and pride in the instruction of gymnastics, which are all qualities that we value in our coaching staff. Her philosophy on gymnastics is built on positivity and self esteem:
My belief with all kids and adults I work with is that there is nothing more important than building a persons self esteem. My goal as a coach and parent in the gym is to teach new skills, be tough when tough is necessary, but above all, to build up the kids I am in contact with! I also hope to guide them to be proud and build up their friends and teammates. The world can be a tough place and a positive self esteem is just PRICELESS!
We are very thrilled to have Lauren and her daughter Olivia join our Spectrum family!
2013 Secret US Classic
This weekend, USA Gymnastics held its annual US Classic, sponsored by Secret deodorant (gymnast can get smelly!). Classics is the first meet where junior and senior elites exclusively compete and showcase their routines for hopes of selection for the Worlds team. Classics held the valiant return of 2012 Olympian, gold and silver medalist McKayla Maroney, who suffered a leg injury and subsequent surgery last fall. Her Olympic teammate, Kyla Ross, also competed, and won the All-Around for the seniors.
Though she only competed vault and floor, I was very impressed with McKayla's performance. She won vault (no surprise there!) and her new floor routine has dynamic tumbling (that third tumbling pass is a double arabian, which is an incredibly difficult skill to STICK as she did) with excellent execution. She placed third on floor.
A growth spurt has not slowed Kyla Ross down! In fact, I think it has made her even better. Kyla was undoubtedly the most underrated member of the "Fierce Five" but as the 2013 US Classic All-Around Champion (and bar champion, beating everyone else on bars by nearly an entire point), she has proven herself to be a consistent and capable force within the world of elite gymnastics. Her long lines and fluid style make her very easy to watch. I love her on beam especially! She is always so calm and poised, which is not easy when competing on balance beam!
Here are some more of my favorite routines from Classics:
I loved watching Nia Dennis on beam! The height she gets in her arabian (the skill at 0:34) and in her dismount is amazing! She also shows great amplitude in her dance elements.
Here is Brenna Dowell competing an Amanar (a yurchenko style vault with 2.5 twists; the same as McKayla Maroney). She gets great height off the table and almost sticks the landing!
Lexie Priessman won the floor title at Classics and it's not hard to see why! Her tumbling is out of this world as far as difficulty is concerned and I LOVE the music and choreography!
Peyton Ernst placed second in the All-Around behind Kyla Ross. I think we can expect big things from this little gymnast! This is a solid bar routine with a nearly stuck dismount!
Finally, my favorite routine of the day went to Lauren Hernandez on floor exercise. Now, floor was one of my best and favorite events, and as a coach and as a judge, the performance and artistry in a floor routine is really important to me. The choreography of this routine is as brilliant as it is innovative. Lauren performs the choreography extraordinarily well, and it sets her apart from every other competitor. I want all of my gymnasts to watch this routine to learn how to SELL a floor routine! She competed in the junior age division, so I hope to see big things from this little girl in the future!
The next competition will be the US National Championships in Hartford, CT that many of us at Spectrum will be attending as spectators! I for one am really excited to go and see all these fabulous gymnasts compete!
Remember, you can still register for summer classes and camps!
Peace, love, and gymnastics,
Spectrum Gymnastics Academy
26 Buttrick Rd
About the Author
Coach Sarah is a former Rhode Island College gymnast, NCGA National qualifier, All-American, current gymnastics coach and judge, and contributor for the gymnastics news source, The Gymternet. Find out what's going on at Spectrum and learn more about the incredible sport of gymnastics!