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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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Best Gymnastics Center in Los Angeles

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Best Gymnastics Center in Los Angeles

Named by Los Angeles Magazine as the “Best Gymnastics Center in LA,” the LASG is a nonprofit Olympic-quality gymnastics training center, serving the community for more than 40 years. LA School of Gymnastics is an educational institution focused on teaching athleticism, strength, agility, and gymnastics to children, teenagers, adults, and people with disabilities. LA School of Gymnastics prides itself on fostering the skills of anyone who is interest in the sport of gymnastics, through highly professional training provided by our coaches. It is considered among the top facilities in the country. Led by Alla Svirsky, LASG has provided thousands of young athletes with quality gymnastics instruction and has produced several Olympians and internationally-ranked athletes. The school has served families with quality gymnastics instruction, innovative programs and well-rounded curriculum for all children. We have a long history of success in gymnastics and fitness instruction along with highly specialized trainers that offer a unique opportunity for children and Adults that is unsurpassed in the Los Angeles area.   Parent and Me Classes Our Parent and Me Classes offer parents and toddlers the opportunity to experience a wide range of gross motor activities while being introduced to the sport of gymnastics. Children as young as 18 months are encouraged to join our Parent and Me Classes. Children will spend time on the trampolines, balance beams, and bars. Not only will children enjoy using our equipment, parents will enjoy spending time with their babies as they grow, learn, and explore. The Parent and Me Classes are designed as an introduction to gymnastics where children learn to interact with other children while developing balance, coordination, gross motor skills, and strength. Work with your toddler as they explore, learn to balance, jump, tumble, climb, and stretch. Our classes will help your child develop psycho-motor skills at an earlier age. You and your toddler will have plenty of bonding together and creating memories. Our coaches will guide you and your toddler through a dynamic curriculum of activities on different types of equipment. Our Parent and Me Classes are fun, safe, and easy to enjoy. This is a one hour class.   Mini Tots Classes The Pre-School Mini Tots gymnastics program is the next level up from Parent and Me Classes. Our Mini Tots classes are co-ed for children ages 3-4 years and are instructed by our highly certified, caring coaches. Experts believe that movement at this stage in life is essential in developing hand-eye coordination, direction taking skills, motor development, physical education and cooperative learning skills. Students will learn a formal introduction to girls and boys beginning classes that include basic tumbling skills, bars, beam, and mini-vault with age appropriate equipment. This amazing 1 hour lesson will delight your child and bring years of physical benefit! Join the best class in town as we develop and foster practices of health and wellness. LA School of Gymnastics is an award-winning center that has been working with preschool-aged children for over 35 years that is designed to challenge and delight your child! Our main focus and primary objective for the preschool-aged group are following instructions, taking turns, learning new skills, and playing well with others within the gymnastics setting.   Girls Gymnastics Girls Recreational classes are part of the developmental program based on USA Gymnastics guidelines. Our classes...

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LASG Gymnast wins the crown of Mrs. California America 2017

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

LASG Gymnast wins the crown of Mrs. California America 2017

Our state’s newly crowned queen Mrs. California 2017, Kristi Eddy, is on her way to the Mrs. America Pageant® and is regularly at LASG getting ready for her debut on national television as she graces the stage of Mrs. America®. Kristi never participated in a pageant prior to this year’s Mrs. California America Pageant®. She says her hard work and preparation which lead to a crown is a testament to her life of achievement through adversity. Kristi grew up in San Pedro, CA, was raised solely by her mother and without any siblings. When her mother realized that she had a severe case of neurogenic stuttering which often times left Kristi in tears and rarely socializing at school, she decided to sign her up for ballet at age four. Hoping this would help Kristi socialize with other children her age release some energy, her mom found herself looking for more active sports that fit their very small budget. “I remember going to the church food pantry a couple of times and constant financial issues” she recalled.   Despite her athleticism and decades playing sports, Kristi’s true passion for the sport of gymnastics was something that was a mere dream which started back in 1995. When she was eight years old an after school gymnastics program came to her school. She was able to attend a couple classes, but it just became too expensive. It was that brief moment in gymnastics that made her fall in love with the sport. She recalled watching every moment of the Magnificent 7 at the 1996 Olympics on her Channel 2 through 13 television and begging her mother to record every part of the competition on VHS tape. “I wanted to be the 8th member of the team” she said. Unfortunately, the closest she was able to get to gymnastics was doing the splits in the hallway and handstands next to her bed. Between 1996 and 2005, Kristi continued playing multiple sports, but there was no soccer medal or new fastest time in track that could deter her dreams of gymnastics.   It was in late 2014 that Kristi’s goal of doing gymnastics became a reality. That summer she attended her first class at Los Angeles School of Gymnastics and she has been attending ever since. She regularly attends classes with Coach Jason and says that she wishes she had been able to participate in gymnastics as a child. “Gymnastics teaches you to pursue your goals, get up if you fall and keep going, and to never ever give up. You never know when you will get that new skill or have that perfect landing and those are the best life lessons”. As a high school Assistant Principal, Kristi brought what she learned at LASG back to her students in Watts by leading a gymnastics enrichment class between 2015 and 2017. “Growing up I had to push through a speech disorder and getting teased very often. I feel like gymnastics builds that inner confidence at a young age and would have helped me have a strong sense of self”. Her favorite thing about LASG is the Special Education Gymnastics Program as Kristi herself overcame her speech disorder through special education services and knows the value of such support.   Kristi’s love for gymnastics and...

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Gymnastics is the Perfect Cross Training Activity for Boys

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Gymnastics is the Perfect Cross Training Activity for Boys

Often times, people think gymnastics is a “girls sport” but men’s artistic gymnastics has produced some of the greatest athletes in the world. There are many benefits of putting your son in gymnastics classes, including helping them to play other sports. According to playgymnastics.com, check out these reason why gymnastics helps boys play in other sports   Improved motor skills, coordination and balance Gymnastics is the perfect cross training activity for boys. Why? Because all sports require a variety of movement skills and “gymnastics helps children build a range of motor and coordination skills, and assists in developing a good sense of body awareness.” Through gymnastics boys can improve these skills in a way that just practicing within their sport cannot. According to Olympic gold-medalist Kyle Shewfelt, “every little boy should be put in gymnastics, regardless of size.” He adds that “it is the best place to teach kids what they need to exceed at other sports because they learn how their body works”.   Keep the passion for “their sport” Young athletes who participate in more than one sport may also have a greater passion training for their ‘favorite’ sport. They are less likely to feel burnt out and will come to practice with greater enthusiasm and motivation. “I think it’s good for kids to participate in all sports.” says hockey great Wayne Gretzky. He adds that “too often, young hockey players can get burned out by the pressure and the time commitment.” It’s important for young athletes to try new things and experience excitement about the start of soccer or hockey season.   Strength building Gymnasts are known to have excellent strength-to-weight ratio. In fact when PLAY Gymnastics BC clubs challenge other sports such as junior hockey teams, the young gymnasts are often found to be stronger! According to the International Gymnastics School, gymnasts get stronger through regular training, which aids in the development of lean, toned muscles, improved balance, and better posture. According to active.com, here are some other reasons why gymnastics is a great activity choice for boys: The benefits of gymnastics are both physical and social in nature. Granted, a lot of my personal experiences are anecdotal and unscientific; but there is hard evidence that men feel the positive effects of taking gymnastics as a youngster well into adulthood.   Parents might wonder why doing a backflip or cartwheel would benefit their child, and how that could possibly help him later in life. While the literal act of doing a backflip has no sway on success in life, it’s the skills required to perform such an amazing physical fete that will. Such a task requires a great deal of strength, flexibility and coordination. All three of these skills assist a child in every physical or extracurricular activity he will perform through his adolescence and into adulthood. This ability will breed confidence in your son, as he can physically compete in all activities. Another aspect of gymnastics that nurtures confidence is the conquering of fear. Doing a backflip is, in and of itself, scary. Could you launch into a backflip without a slight shake in the knees? Children who overcome this at a young age grow more assertive and self-assured. Additional benefits include the encouragement of a healthy and active lifestyle, learning how to fall...

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A History of Gymnastics

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

A History of Gymnastics

Do you want to know more about the history of gymnastics and how it came to be one of the greatest sports around? Check out this article from encyclopedia.com. You are sure to learn some interesting facts that you never knew before… Gymnastics is the practice of athletic exercises for the development of the body, especially those exercises performed with apparatus such as rings, pommel horse, bars, and balance beam. Although gymnastics was likely practised in ancient Egyptian and Chinese cultures, its roots for Western culture lie in ancient Greece, hence the derivation from the Greek word gymnazein, which literally means ‘to train naked’ (gymnos: naked). The early Greeks practised gymnastics in preparation for war, as jumping, running, discus throwing, wrestling, and boxing helped produce the strong, supple muscles necessary for hand-to-hand combat. Because military training was necessary for the production of Greek citizens, and because the Greeks viewed the training both of the body and the mind as inextricably linked, gymnastics became a central component of ancient education. Gymnasia, the buildings with open-air courts where such training took place, evolved into schools where youths learned gymnastics, rhetoric, music, and mathematics. Gymnastics also provided a way to train for the athletic festivals around Greece, the most famous of which was the Olympic Games, held every four years from 776 bce until 393 ce. With the end of the Olympic Games, Greek-style gymnastics training declined, not to be revived until the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Western Europe. With this revival came a concomitant revival of the corporeal values associated with gymnastics: upper body strength, musculature, elasticity, litheness, flexibility, poise, and equilibrium. Underpinning the re-emergence of gymnastic training is the same assumption held by the Greeks, that a healthy body and a healthy mind are intimately connected. In the mid 1800s Friedrich Jahn did much to re-introduce gymnastics into German education and became known as the ‘father of gymnastics’. Jahn introduced the horizontal bar, parallel bars, side horse with pommels, balance beam, ladder, and vaulting bucks. His gymnastics program was promoted in Turner societies, clubs established to develop self discipline and physical strength in the name of national unity. In Sweden, Pehr Henrik Ling followed closely behind Jahn, systematizing Swedish pedagogic gymnastics with a strong emphasis on the medical benefits. In the early nineteenth century, educators in the US imported German and Swedish gymnastics training programs. With the American integration of gymnastics into the general education curriculum, its connections to nationalism and military training re-emerged stronger than ever. By the early twentieth century, the armed services published drill manuals featuring all manner of gymnastic exercises, drills which, according to the US Army Manual of Physical Drill (1910), provided proper instruction for ‘a body of young and active men’ and were thus ‘all important’. The US Navy’s Gymnastics and Tumbling, published in 1944, asserts that ‘Gymnastics and tumbling contribute in large measure to the demands of a democracy at war.’ Nonetheless, as military activity moved away from hand-to-hand combat and toward fighter planes and contemporary computer-controlled weapons, gymnastics training as the mind/body connection, so important for the Greek, German, and Swedish educational traditions, began to lose force. As a result, physical and intellectual training in schools are now almost completely separate; although in Germany the term ‘gymnasium’ still persists as the...

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Benefits of Preschool Gymnastics

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Benefits of Preschool Gymnastics

Do you have an active baby who loves to run, jump, and tumble all around the house? Gymnastics classes for babies are the perfect way to use of all that energy for something fun and exciting. We here at LA School of Gymnastics offer Parent and Me Classes starting at 18 months and Mini Tots classes beginning at 3 years of age. Our coaches have a long history of working with pre-school aged children and we have seen so many active babies channel all of their energy into gymnastics.   Are you wondering what the long term benefits of putting your baby in gymnastics are? Well, according to KidSaversNetwork.com, here are 10 amazing benefits your toddler will get from gymnastics:   Preschool Gymnastics Develops Cognitive Skills – Learning and completing a gymnastic routine requires the use of the mind as well as the body. The left brain and right brain have to work in concert, so your toddler’s body awareness and spatial awareness will improve. This really helps them become aware of the world around them and adapt better to it. It Develops Strong and Healthy Bones – Gymnastics is a weight-bearing activity which can develop strong and healthy bones. As we age, we experience a loss of bone density over the years. By building strong and healthy bones earlier, we can reduce the signs of osteoporosis later in life. Furthermore, it helps to prevent broken bones as your child grows older and becomes more active. A great bonus when on the playground and playing sports!   Preschool Gymnastics Aids in Strength Development – Along with the development of strong and healthy bones, your toddler will build up their total body strength as well. By performing the body strengthening exercises that gymnastics requires, your child will build up their upper body, lower body, and overall core strength. It Increases Coordination – Your toddler’s coordination will greatly improve. They will learn alignment skills that include standing, walking and jumping which will improve their coordination. This will make your child appear less clumsy and they will learn alignment skills that include standing, walking and jumping through a variety of fun exercises. Your child will be more agile for other future sports.   Improved Flexibility – Gymnastics is all about flexibility. When you increase your flexibility, you decrease your chances of injury. Being super-flexible as a child will often carry forward with them later into life. This can help support proper body posture as they age, which will deter back and spine problems as they get older. It Helps them Meet Their Daily Exercise Needs – The American Heart Association says that it is important for a child to get at least 1 hour of physical activity every day. Participation in a gymnastics class will ensure that your child gets his or her exercise on class days. Furthermore, they will want to practice their gymnastic skills on off-days, so they can still meet their daily exercise needs then as well!   It Prevents Diseases – Sports like gymnastics aid in disease prevention by promoting and maintaining a strong and healthy body. This is the key to preventing diseases later in life such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, cancer ─ among others. By teaching your toddler healthy behaviors early in life, they...

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How to have the best Summer Ever!

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

How to have the best Summer Ever!

Summer is coming up fast and it is time to start planning the best summer ever! We know being out of school gives kids a lot of free time and that time should be spent having a blast, learning new skills, exercising their mind, exercising their body, creating lasting memories, soaking in the sun and just being a kid. Our gymnastics camp is the perfect opportunity for kids to participate in a structured sport environment where they will have the opportunity to learn new gymnastics tricks while also perfecting the skills they already know. Our gymnastics camp is filled with amazing training from Olympic-affiliated coaches who will nurture your child’s ability to perform at advanced levels. Our gymnastics camp also includes visiting our local pool for recreational swimming because what is summer without soaking in the sun. Our summer camp is also a great opportunity for your son or daughter to creating lasting friendships with other kids who enjoy gymnastics just as much as they do. We will also spend time doing arts and crafts, karate, dancing, and playing games. Our award-winning gymnastics camp is sure to be the highlight of your kid’s summer! It will keep them highly active and motivated to stay healthy and fit. Summer 2017 is going to be awesome! Gymnastics camp is a great opportunity for kids who love to run, jump, play, and be active. We encourage all parents to plan creative, outdoorsy, and fun activities that they will remember forever. In addition to gymnastics camp, we want to provide you with some more awesome summer ideas and activities.   Summer is all about cold treats and delicious recipes. Try to find a great recipe that you and your kids can make together. It is always fun to take yummy fruits like watermelon and pineapples and make frozen treats such as Popsicle, slushies, and sorbets. Your kids will enjoy helping you in the kitchen and they will also enjoy eating their creations. Nutella cool whip popsicles, slushy strawberry lemonade, raspberry lemonade Slurpee, and homemade snow cones are all treats that you and your family are sure to enjoy. If you can’t find any recipes that fit your taste buds, then make your own recipes and be sure to write them down so you can remember the awesome creations you and your kids cooked up! Bring out all the flavors and foods you love and encourage your kids to make whatever their hearts’ desire. Help them create a book of their own recipes so they can remember all the amazing things they created. Encourage them to give their creations silly names!   Another way to make this summer the best summer ever is to create family fun nights. Family fun night can consist of game night, movie night, out on the town night, camping, barbecues, or adventure night. Family fun night can be anything creative and adventurous that you and your kids love to do. Another great idea is to create themes for your family fun night. For example, backyard movie night is a great way to spruce up classic movie nights. Get a projector and turn movie night into something you’ve never done before. Pack your favorite treats, blankets, pillows and pick a movie that everyone will enjoy and this will be a movie night...

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Academy Meet and Expo: Benefits of Participating in a non-competitive format

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Academy Meet and Expo: Benefits of Participating in a non-competitive format

Our Academy Meet and Expo is coming up soon! We are excited to present this awesome event where children can perform to the best of their ability in this non-competitive format. While gymnastics is a competitive sport, recreational gymnastics is also an extracurricular activity where kids can learn exciting new skills and obtain personal growth in strength, endurance, stretching, and other beneficial attributes. While healthy competition can be a great way for children to learn fundamental qualities of life, such as good sportsmanship, it got us thinking about the benefits of participating in non-competitive sports and activities. Participating in non-competitive sports and activities teaches a lasting set of life skills which are more likely to influence children later in life. Recreational gymnastics is a great, non-competitive sport that improves general health, motor skills, coordination, balance, and strength. Recreational gymnastics also teaches commitment, discipline, social skills, and improves self-esteem. Some other benefits of participating in non-competitive sports, such as recreational gymnastics, is self-growth. When children are participating in activities where they are focused on developing their individual skill, they are learning ways to improve themselves without the need to be better than someone else. In essence, they are competing to be better than the person they were yesterday. Children get a chance to test themselves against their best performance. Recreational gymnastics, as well as other non-competitive sports, promote sustainable habits of movement and fitness that will last a lifetime. Maintaining health and weight, while also learning a new skill, does not have to be achieved through competitive victory. Sustaining health, while also having fun, is best achieved through diversity, pleasure, and a joyful experience. Childhood physical activity should get kids to enjoy movement and enjoy developing their skill. Recreational gymnastics is a great way to get children exciting about being active, learning awesome tricks, and using those skills for the rest of their lives. In addition to recreational gymnastics, some general lifelong activities also include biking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, archery, karate, running, walking, in-line skating, paintball, fishing, horseback riding, and youth camps. Regardless of the activity, research shows that active children are more likely to be active adults; therefore, getting kids active early in life is imperative. Our Academy Meet and Expo is a momentous event where children of all levels and ages can display everything they have learned in their gymnastics classes. Although not competitive, children will be proud to show their family and friends all that they have learned in their gymnastics class....

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Laurie Hernandez returns to LASG

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Laurie Hernandez returns to LASG

Olympic Champion and Dancing with the Stars Winner, Laurie Hernandez returns to LA School of Gymnastics and says this is her favorite school in LA!  ...

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LASG School Star Isabelle Connor

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

LASG School Star Isabelle Connor

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Congratulations Coach Stephan and his Level 5 Team

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Congratulations Coach Stephan and his Level 5 Team

Congratulations to Coach Stephan and his level 5 team for winning 3rd place at the 2016 All Conference 1st Prelim. Keep up the great work! We are so proud of our students who get out there and do their best in competitions. We are also proud of all of our coaches who dedicate their time to teaching children the art of gymnastics. Coach Stephan has been at the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics for 10 years now and his dedication to the school and his students is unparalleled. As a former member of the USSR Junior and Armenian National Team, Coach Stepan knows a thing or two about competitions! We love that Coach Stepan is able to pass down his passion and knowledge of gymnastics to future generations.      ...

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