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Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez visits LA School of Gymnastics

Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez paid a visit to the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics this week! She is truly an inspiring, gifted, classy young woman. At just 16 years old, Laurie has already accomplished so much in her lifetime. Hernandez’s elite gymnastics career began in 2012 at the U.S. Classic. At the young age of just 12 years old, she placed 11th in the junior division. After that, she qualified for the National Championships in St. Louis.

In the summer of 2016, Laurie competed in the Women’s Qualification at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Hernandez scored a 15.200 on the vault, a 15.366 on the balance beam, and a 14.800 on the floor exercise. During these Olympics in Rio, the US team, better known as the Final Five, won the gold medal in the Team All Around. Hernandez also won the silver medal on the Balance Beam with a score of 15.333.

We were excited and truly honored that Laurie chose the LA School of Gymnastics to practice some of her Olympic Gold medal worthy routines.  Laurie even showed us some of her famous balance beam moves.

Now that the Olympics are over, Laurie has put on her dancing shoes. She is currently competing on Dancing with the Stars! With her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy she has done some exciting routines such as the Cha-Cha-Cha, Paso Doble, the Salsa, and so much more! She continues to wow us every week. Not only is she a great gymnast, she has proven to be a great dancer as well! She scored a perfect 30 with her Jazz routine to Michael Jackson’s “The Way you make me feel”. Her bubbly personality and raw talent is such a joy to watch. From the Olympics to the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ stage, Laurie is showing the world that she is unstoppable!

Laurie is truly an inspiration and a great role model for all young people out there with a dream! Keep striving for excellence Laurie!

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Preschool Gymnastics: The Advantages of Getting a Jumpstart

Posted by on Aug 9, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Preschool Gymnastics: The Advantages of Getting a Jumpstart

  Like most skills, both academically and non-academically, getting a head start on learning the fundamentals while in preschool is always a good idea. Building a strong foundation early on is crucial in setting up a child for success. Gymnastics is no different. By taking preschool gymnastics, young students can learn early movements that will prepare them for future classes that will build on these principles. Namely, they will gain exposure to tumbling, bars, beam, and mini-vault (with age-appropriate equipment, of course!) This gradual, easy movement and socialization makes preschool gymnastics a wonderful option for getting toddlers out and active.   First and foremost, it’s pretty stinking fun! At toddler-age, the most important thing for children is to stay creatively stimulated. They should have fun! This is the prime age to encourage learning and growing in a fun, supportive environment. Preschool gymnastics is a beautiful, unique way for a child to have fun with other toddlers of the same age.   It helps develop essential cognitive skills. In addition to having fun, gymnastics requires an equal use of the mind and body. Through this, the child will begin to learn how to memorize certain movements and string them together into a routine. The mind and body are inextricably linked, and gymnastics is able to offer a tangible environment to learn this in.   It supports growing bones. Gymnastics is a weight-bearing activity which helps to build strong bones and reduce any breakage. At a young age, this is especially important.   It builds muscle strength. Even the simplest gymnastics routines require strength and stamina. By starting off a child early in this capacity, they are able to grow stronger and more stable muscles.   It establishes coordination and flexibility. By learning healthy alignment and working on achieving certain poses, children are able to work on coordination and flexibility. These two physical aspects are important for both mental and physical development.   It forms self-esteem. Gymnastics is challenging – for any age! By conquering tasks in a supportive environment with other children, kids are able to build self-esteem as well as the concept of team-building and friendship. At LA School of Gymnastics, we offer preschool gymnastics classes in which boys and girls ages 3-4 years are able to participate in a group class with a specialized instructor (without a parent!) Through this, we believe children can thrive in a supportive environment and build a foundation for continued learning and success. Find out more today!...

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How You Could Benefit From Parkour Classes

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

How You Could Benefit From Parkour Classes

If you or your kiddo are wanting to try something new this summer or you are looking for a new, creative way to get outside, parkour classes might be the answer. By learning to free run and improvise while exercising, the participant will learn so much more than basic sports skills. Parkour is a very unique activity, and the challenge can leave a runner feeling excited, confident, and full of energy (without the sugar!) While everybody is different, here are some general benefits of taking parkour classes. It exercises the entire body. Regular running on a track, treadmill, or field generally only works out the lower-half of the body. The arms would need to be worked out somehow else. However, with parkour classes, a participant truly gets an entire body workout. It encourages quick-thinking. Parkour is sometimes called free-running, and that’s because there is no set map or plan in place when we set off on our journey. Because of this, the runner must be able to think on their feet and make decisions that will benefit them, challenge them, and get them to the next obstacle. It promotes creativity. Like the quick-thinking aspect of parkour, this activity also promotes creativity. At any moment, the runner is given a variety of choices in what path to take to reach their next destination. Because of this, they must get creative in what they can jump on, launch off, or roll through. It stimulates social behavior. Parkour can be done alone or in groups. But, with parkour classes, it is always in a group setting. This encourages people to interact and make friends. Combined with the outside setting and sheer fun of parkour, this activity truly promotes positive social behavior and interacting. It boosts confidence. If you are able to successfully reach your destination or land a jump or obstacle that seemed hard at first, this can really boost confidence. Parkour, too, is a very encouraging and warm environment. Runners will be surrounded by people that support and empower them to be the best that they can be. At LA School of Gymnastics, we offer a variety of parkour classes for runners of all ages. As always, these classes are led by professionals who want to promote the safest environments for learning and growth.  ...

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The Benefits of Rhythmic Gymnastics

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

The Benefits of Rhythmic Gymnastics

Rhythmic gymnastics is one of the most unique and beautiful Olympic Sports, but the benefits associated with this intensive activity begin long before a participant becomes an Olympian. By involving your daughter in the art of rhythmic gymnastics, she will gain so much more than physical flexibility and coordination. The combination of group learning and individual attention will provide unmatched benefits for the growth of your daughter – both physically and spiritually.   The body.   Rhythmic gymnastics combines aspects from complicated gymnastics, dance, and ballet. And then adds a ribbon, ball, hoop, rope, or club to the mix. To say this sport is physically challenging is an understatement – rhythmic gymnasts learn extreme balance & posture, muscle building, and flexibility.   The group.   The collaborative group aspect of rhythmic gymnastics provides a solid foundation in team skills, friendship, encouragement, and leadership. Additionally, if your daughter takes interest in one day competing, early exposure to this group environment is crucial in learning how to navigate competitive situations with empathy, tact, and confidence.   The mind.   Rhythmic gymnasts learn to be highly creative and expressive, as this sport is so much more than a sport. The performativity aspect teaches a girl to be confident, dedicated, and precise. At LA School of Gymnastics, we also integrate the philosophy behind rhythmic gymnastics into our lesson plans. This way, the girls may get a well-rounded, holistic view of the sport and learn what it truly means. This activity is highly thought-provoking, artful, and beautiful.   The master.   For highly technical and meticulous activities like rhythmic gymnastics, it’s important to learn from the best. At LA School of Gymnastics, we provide just that. Highly qualified gymnasts that have Master’s Degrees and years of experience lead our classes. Not only do our teachers know the physicality behind rhythmic gymnastics – they also know the philosophy. They are able to adequately prepare these young women for the mental effort involved in the sport. If you’re ready to give your high-energy, creative child the opportunity to truly express herself in an environment of equal parts art and athleticism – give us a call today.       Register...

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Summer Camp at LA School of Gymnastics Happening Soon

Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Summer Camp at LA School of Gymnastics Happening Soon

 Summer Camp at LA School of Gymnastics Happening Soon   As standardized testing wraps up and the Summer heat sets in, children and parents alike look forward to the Summer months and the activities that follow. Alongside vacations, lazy days at the pool, and time spent exploring with friends – Summer Camp can be the most fun and rewarding days of a child’s Summer. Whether they’re specific camps like cheer, tumbling, or simply kiddie day camps for the youngsters – summer camps can provide an unmatched experience full of learning, bonding, and grow.   Here at LA School of Gymnastics, we take pride in offering a variety of Summer Camp experiences. For parents’ convenience, we offer both half-day (9am-12pm) and full-day (9am-3pm) options. Our Summer Camps begin June 4th and run until August 24th. While we have membership options for year-round classes, our Summer Camp sessions are open to non-members. We encourage all to join!   Summer Camp options: Kiddy Camp (ages *2-4 – *participants must be potty trained) Day Camp (ages 5-12) Teen Camp (ages 13-15) Classes and activities: Parkour Camp Rhythmic Gymnastics Girls/Boys Competition Teams Tumbling & Trampoline Camp Cheer Kiddy Day Camp Special Education Our Summer Camp experiences are not typical, but a “typical” day at one of our Summer Camps will consist of a healthy mixture of instructive learning, creative activities, and practice + play time. Lunchtime will be offered for full-day sessions. Hot lunches and snacks will be available for purchase if a child does not bring their own.   At our award-winning LA School of Gymnastics Summer Camp, children gain so much more than exposure to a new sport or activity. Being surrounded by other fun and driven children their age is an important experience for boys and girls. At our central location in Culver City, we offer the perfect opportunity to pick up your children from a half-day or full-day, grab a snack, and go on an adventure to the nearby ArcLight Cinema, Santa Monica Pier, or one of the various museums. If you’re curious about how to register for Summer Camp, watch our instructional video here.   Space is limited and the start date is approaching soon. Reach out today to inquire about availability, pricing, and any other questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you and your children this Summer!...

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Crawling Has Been Proven To Improve Children’s Reading Skills

Posted by on Apr 21, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Crawling Has Been Proven To Improve Children’s Reading Skills

Crawling is So Important to Toddlers There are things we take for granted as parents. Like how amazing a child’s developmental process is. Many kids are slow to growing or learning because their parents are educated enough. It’s important that children learn to crawl before they walk. Skipping crawling will slow a child’s developmental process. Parents are often concerned about when their child will crawl, walk, jump, run, and talk. A good gymnastics program can be created to assist in all these areas of development. Research has found that children who do not spend time crawling can typically have more difficulty with reading and writing later. The reason for this is because when a child crawls, they are tracking their hands with eyes in a pattern of movement (reading). Their hands slap the ground and develop strength and flexibility in the hand and wrist (writing and holding a pencil). There should be crawling places in class every week. Go under things, over things, uphill and downhill. This also strengthens the shoulder girdle area for upper body strength that is needed in gymnastics and life in general. There are a lot of children that will get right up as toddlers and walk without spending any time crawling. This isn’t ideal for children as it can stunt their growth. Use items from around your gym or room to make fun crawling stations every week. Don’t Refer to it as CONDITIONING! People tend not to like the word …Conditioning. They think of it as doing work. Let’s help teach children to want to get stronger by making it into a GAME. They don’t need to know that we are secretly working out their muscles which will benefit them as they grow. Make it fun for them. Here are a couple tips for your Toddler and Preschool classes: Add educational stations to every event that keep kids busy but productive. To keep exercising fun for young children, limit the number of times they go through the stations. Counting how old you are is a good way to limit your repetitions. If you are 4, do four sit-ups! It’s better to do a few reps and then move on to another thing, then come back. This keeps young ones engaged. Get the whole class moving at once with relays, games like the Frisbee Push! This month at the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics, Session 3 has just begun. You can still enroll your child in classes. Contact us directly for availability. Next month is special to us. Not only is it Mother’s Day, Open House is happening, Early Enrollment Discount is offered for Summer Camp, and The Academy Meet & Expo. We’ll have more details next...

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Spring Break Camp is Happening Now, Summer Camp and Open House are Coming Up Next

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Spring Break Camp is Happening Now, Summer Camp and Open House are Coming Up Next

Summer Break is around the corner and your children will soon be out of school looking for new and exciting activities to get into. Enrolling your child in Summer Gymnastics Camp will keep them busy while also giving them the opportunity to learn a fun, new skill. At Summer Gymnastics Camp they will learn discipline, fitness skills and begin their journey to the Olympics! At Summer Camp, kids get to learn new gymnastics elements, get creative with arts and crafts, play fun games, and most importantly, create memories that will last a lifetime! Our Summer Gymnastics Camp will be from June 4th – August 25th (choose your weeks and days. We offer many different specialty programs that is sure to fit every child, of every age. Non members are welcome! Experience not required for camp students.  June 4th marks the start of Summer Camp at Los Angeles School of Gymnastics. The camp is great for children who are beginners all the way through competition levels in artistic & rhythmic gymnastics. Summer Camp will consist of 3 different camps: Kiddy Camp (ages *2-4 – participants must be potty trained) Day Camp (ages 5-12) Teen Camp (ages 13-15) Classes and Activities include: Rhythmic Gymnastics Girls/Boys Competition Teams Tumbling & Trampoline Camp Cheer Kiddy Day Camp Special Education Parents can pick and choose their days and weeks. Also, there is the option for half and full days, similar to our Spring Break Camp. There should be no excuse why your kids are bored this Spring and Summer break. LA School of Gymnastics has you covered and is proud to offer a healthy and active alternative to kids other than television and video games. Our classes encourage students to learn basic to advanced acrobatic skills, as well as balance skills. Ask about if we currently have any New Customer Specials! (310) 204-1980.  ...

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Sign Up For Spring Break Camp Now!

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Want to make your kids’ spring break more active? This mini break from school can be a great opportunity to let your kids burn their energy in a fun and supportive camp this spring break. At the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics, we have it all figured out for you. Sign your children up for Spring Break Camp where they will enjoy arts & crafts, play fun games, and take daily gymnastics classes. Spring Break Camp at the LA School of Gymnastics is available for both boys and girls. The program helps to teach children discipline, fitness, and the fundamentals of gymnastics. Starting March 20th through April 11th, you can sign your child up for a half day or full day of Spring Break Camp. Find our complete Spring Camp Handbook for further details and daily schedule. Each day from 9am-3pm kids will take classes teaching them rhythmic gymnastics, power tumbling, and even karate! Karate can be so important and valuable to a child because it inspires an active lifestyle through the healthy discipline of instruction. Also, it improves self confidence which becomes a valuable asset as you get older. In other news, the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics is now offering Sunday classes! You asked and we listened. It’s tough when you work during the week and have kids to worry about. That’s why our Sunday classes are a gift from the gymnastics gods. Let us keep your children busy with gymnastics classes while you enjoy your free day off! Special arrangements can be made for early or late care if needed. Sunday classes include: Hot Tots: 12 pm – 1 pm Mini Tots: 12 pm – 1 pm Girls Beginning: 1 pm – 2 pm, 2 pm – 3 pm Girls Intermediate: 1 pm – 2:30 pm, 2 pm – 3:30 pm Boys Beginning: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm New classes may be added with a 3 student minimum at no additional charge! Classes are filling up fast, so call (310) 204-1980 or apply here and sign up today. Have you ever wanted to take a gymnastics class with your child? That’s no problem, we have Parent and Me classes available. This program introduces children to the wonderful world of movement. This 1-hour class is hosted by a qualified staff member and will teach hand-eye coordination, motor development, and physical education. At the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics, there is something for everyone. Browse our site and find something you like, then contact us and reserve your place. Space is always limited, as our Gymnastics School is the best in Los Angeles and growing every day. Sign your children up for Spring Break...

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Get Ready For Spring Camp At Los Angeles School of Gymnastics and Other Upcoming Events

Posted by on Jan 28, 2018 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Do you love camp just as much as us? Wish you could send your kids to Gymnastics camp during the Spring and not only in Summer? LA School of Gymnastics offers Spring Camp this year during Easter break, from March 20th – April 11th. Springtime is packed with fun stuff too, like Open House in May, so make sure to check back in with us frequently for updates to our schedule. There’s still a few days left in January and we are offering an early enrollment discount for those of you who sign up your kids between 1/29-2/4. This is a great way to get a headstart on your personal goals for 2018 and to reserve your spot for Session 2 of Gymnastics School. Our annual LA Lights Event just passed as well. You can view highlights and results here. The month of February is best known for Valentine’s Day. Check back with us for updates on anything special planned for this day. February 19th, Session 2 of Gymnastics School begins. Remember you can enroll early for a special discount. It’s also a good month to start Private Lessons for yourself or your child. Our coaches are all qualified for several certification courses. The majority of us were competitive gymnasts ourselves so we have what it takes to personally train you or your child. Contact us to schedule a private lesson for you or your child. We offer private lessons of Olympic-caliber training in: Beginners Boys & Girls Gymnastics Adult Gymnastics Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition Spring Camp 2018 includes tons of fun activities for kids to do from March 20th through April 11th. You can sign your child up for a Half Day (9am-12pm) or a Full Day (9am-3pm). You can get the things you need to get done during this time and feel comfortable knowing that your child is in good hands and enjoying themselves. This year Spring Break Camp includes Karate to those who are interested and who might need a little confidence boost. Karate teaches kids self-defense as well as how to evade conflict. Children will feel empowered and hopefully less likely to get into fights at school or in the real world. LASG is the leading Gymnastics School in the Los Angeles area with over 40 years of experience. Contact us directly with any questions or interact with our Facebook Messenger Bot 24/7 for questions or to book a...

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Best Gymnastics School in Los Angeles

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Kids love gymnastics and adults do too. It’s the new year and it’s only right you make it a goal for you and your kids to get involved in gymnastics. It’s not only a great way to get in shape but will also bring you the energy and excitement you’ve been missing. We’ve got a few reasons why you should sign up for the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics today. You won’t regret it! One of the best reasons to start up with LA School of Gymnastics is the simple fact that we are the first gymnastics center in Los Angeles! Established in 1975, our school has taught gymnastics instruction and education to over 1,000,000 families. We offer innovative programs and well-rounded curriculum that supports healthy, happy children and adults for over 40 years. LA School of Gymnastics offers many classes for the young or old. Maybe you want to get active yourself. Try something new like our Off-Ice Skating classes. Whether you’re a professional ice skater or have never gone near an ice rink, Anyone can do Off-Ice Skating. Or maybe you don’t want to be tied down on skates and you want to try something a little more exciting called Tricklining. Tricklining is a form of Slacklining where a great number of tricks can be performed while balancing on the line. Have no fear and go for it! Our school accepts kids with professional gymnastics skills, all the way down to the first time kids who are just starting to get involved. Our classes are specifically designed for different levels of skill so nobody is left out. Who said your preschooler or toddler is too young to start gymnastics? Start them early with preschool programs as well as Mini Tot classes. Keep your kids occupied after school with our boys and girls recreational gymnastics classes. These classes offer a unique blend of Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics, part of the developmental program based on USA Gymnastics. Be ready to be amazed because coming up this month (January) is the LA Lights Tournament of Champions 2018. Get a chance to see the Olympic Stars of the 2017 Summer Games. Event runs from January 26 – January 28. Download the 2018 competitors list here. Contact the LA School of Gymnastics today to learn more about any of our classes for adults, kids, or teens. Our LASG ChatBot is also available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about classes or sign up. Sign up for classes online today. Online bill pay is now available for any of our gymnastics...

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Why You Might Encourage Your Son To Sign Up For Gymnastics

Posted by on Nov 24, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Why You Might Encourage Your Son To Sign Up For Gymnastics

Gymnastics is considered harder than Iron Man – Boys are you listening? If you thought that gymnastics was just for girls, you don’t know gymnastics. While it’s a favorite sport for girls, male gymnasts are often regarded as the strongest among all athletes. Male gymnasts need to be incredibly fit in order to complete the required routines. Some boys want to try gymnastics. The idea of tumbling, having big muscles, or going on the pommel horse may entice some boys. For others, boys understand the benefits of gymnastics and how it can help them to be a better athlete overall. Why would you enroll your son in a gymnastics class if he wasn’t at all interested in the sport? Below, you’ll find some reasons to consider gymnastics classes for boys.   It Builds A Foundation The skills that are learned in gymnastics are the basis for most other activities kids could want to participate in. If children are still developing motor and cognitive skills, team sports may not always be the best place to start. Gymnastics classes teach children to run, jump and balance. These activities build body awareness, strength, and flexibility. That’s beneficial to any child. These skills can be brought to just about any other sport that your child chooses.   Gymnastics Is A Great Supplement To Other Sports If your son is already participating in other sports, it’s a good idea to enroll him in gymnastics to supplement what he’s already doing. Gymnastics enhances conditioning, builds athleticism, as well as enhances strength and agility. There are few sports where boys learn to be aware of where and how their body is while it’s in the air. The skills that gymnastics helps to build are also an injury prevention program for other sports. Two of the most common ways that kids get injured in athletic activities are from sprains, strains, and falls. Gymnastics helps to build the skills to prevent these things including flexibility, strength, balance, and agility. First of all one of the best places to learn balance (and learn to fall) is in a gymnasium. There are plenty of pads and safety precautions in place.   Gymnastics Helps Boys To Try New Things There are many new and exciting things that boys will encounter in gymnastics class. They will learn proper warm-up techniques and be encouraged to try something new that they may have never tried otherwise. Stepping outside of their comfort zones helps boys to build confidence in everything that they do. Serious athletes need a whole host of skills from being tough physically to being mentally tough. Gymnastics can help build those skills in aspiring male athletes from a young age. LA Gymnastics has a variety of classes for young children to get them off to an excellent athletic start. Help your son get a good athletic start...

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