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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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Are You Ready? OLYMPICS GAMES 2020. How to Prepare Your Future Olympian

Posted by on Aug 21, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Are You Ready? OLYMPICS GAMES 2020. How to Prepare Your Future Olympian

Gymnastics is a sport that requires strength, flexibility, focus and PRACTICE! Commit your child to LASG’s year around camp’s and programs to prepare him/her to have a bright gymnastics career. It starts now! Why wait? Commit to the process as a parent and t read...

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Dream it then do it

Posted by on Jul 11, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Dream it then do it

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The Endless Health Benefits of Gymnastics — Enroll Your Kid

Posted by on Apr 29, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

The Endless Health Benefits of Gymnastics — Enroll Your Kid

Enrolling your child in an extracurricular activity is almost like a rite of passage. This allows them to stay busy. More than that, it gives them a chance to learn skills and develop a love for something. As a parent, you want to make sure that the sport you enroll your child in is safe.  There are endless health benefits of gymnastics. Not only are you encouraging an active lifestyle, but your child will receive discipline and so much more. Gymnastics is a sport that strengthens and teaches control and flexibility. Aside from the positive effects of being in sports and school,  let’s dive into the top health benefits your child could receive. Endless Health Benefits of Gymnastics If you’ve only been thinking about putting your child into gymnastics, there are some reasons to do so. Since most participants of gymnastics start very young, these benefits and lessons will stay with them for many years. Strong and Healthy Bones Developing strong bones is important at a young age. As humans, we experience a loss of bone mass every year. When you’re participating in weight-bearing exercise at a young age, you preserve bone density. It will also prevent bone disorders that sometimes come with age. Motor Skills & Increased Coordination Gymnastics helps children get a sense of body awareness and coordination. In the sport, you learn a lot of different ways in which to use each body part. Because they have an increase in their balance, they are less likely to have a big startle reaction to sudden imbalance. They are able to identify and correct in order to avoid any dangerous outcomes.   Strength Since gymnastics requires you to use your muscles so much, you will become stronger. Pound for pound, this sport produces the best athletes in the world. They use their own body weight to build upper, lower, and core strength. Discipline This sport produces so much discipline. Students need to be able to focus, take direction, and stay on task if a coach is working with someone else. They also need to have the discipline to attend so many classes and correct themselves on techniques and routines. Social Skills This is especially a thing to note for younger students. You learn how to work with others, how to stand in line and listen, to stay quiet when others are talking, and overall how to behave in social settings. From this sport, you really learn how to respect...

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How To Find The Right Gymnastics Program For Your Child

Posted by on Apr 1, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

How To Find The Right Gymnastics Program For Your Child

Is your son or daughter expressed an interest in gymnastics? This sport is an excellent way to get your child active while also encouraging discipline, agility, and strength. And there are many different gymnastics programs out there to choose from. How do you know which is best? Here are several key items to look for in a top-quality gymnastics program.   Gymnastics Program Facility and Staff: Look For Quality When exploring gymnastics programs for your child one of the first things you want to check for is if the facility has the proper accreditation. And any credible school should be a member of USA Gymnastics (the national governing body of gymnastics in the U.S.). This ensures they not only adhere to the minimum requirements for proper gymnastics instruction but that they also carry the proper liability insurance. Also, what kind of training/education does the staff have? Physical Education, Anatomy or another athletics-related degree (bachelor’s or higher) is best. Additionally, they should have certification in both OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and Infant/Child CPR. Take A Tour Any gymnastics school should give you the opportunity to tour the facility. Check for cleanliness, quality, and amount of the equipment present. Depending on the size of the school, there may be a wide range of equipment for your child to use or just the basics. Tour the changing rooms (if any) and bathrooms. See if the administration staff seems well organized and if there is a structured calendar of classes available. You can also see what rules the school has. Are there any uniform or dress codes in place? Additionally, is there a viewing area for parents to see their children in a class? Take A Peek At the Classes What better way to see what a gymnastics program will be like for your child than to sit in on a class? First, this will give you a chance to see the instructor-to-student ratio (8-10 students for one instructor is best), as well as the makeup of the class. Are the children all within the same age range and skill level? Or does it seem there is a variety of ages and experience levels? Large facilities will offer a broader spectrum of age/experience-specific classes. Sitting in on a class also allows you to see how the course is structured. How much time is dedicated to teaching proper stretching and posture? How often does each student get to practice their moves? And you also can see how much interactivity your child will get with not only the teacher but also the equipment. Finally, you can see how the students interact with each other. Does the teacher encourage positive dynamics between children? Are students respectful to each other and the instructor? Is there an emphasis on safety? Sitting in one a class will be immensely helpful in giving you insight into the quality of that particular gymnastics program. Compare Pricing and Location Of course, program pricing and distance from your home are two very important factors as well. While a longer commute may not seem like a big deal initially but if your child becomes more serious about their gymnastics program, you may find yourself traveling to the school several times a week. So, consider the location if you may see this as...

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Rain Is Out, Gymnastics Classes Are In: Fun Indoor Activities For Your Kid

Posted by on Feb 26, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

As the weather turns from snow to rain, parents may continue to struggle with getting their children off the couch to do something active. The cold and wet seasons make it particularly challenging, as many sports and physical activities are conducted outdoors. What’s a parent to do? Gymnastics classes for kids is the perfect solution! Check out all the great benefits of this fun-filled activity for your child.    Keep Your Child Active All Year Long One of the best advantages of gymnastics classes for kids is that you can keep them involved throughout the year. As an indoor sport, it offers fun-filled and engaging activities no matter what the weather is like outdoors. Children can participate in trampoline, tumbling, bars, rhythmic gymnastics, floor exercises, and more. Additionally, gymnastics generally runs separately from school-oriented sports, and so is also not dictated by semesters like other sports (i.e. football, basketball, track, etc.). So, your child can enjoy an active and creative sport all year long! A Bit Of Something For Everyone Whether you have a son or daughter, a toddler or a teenager, there’s a gymnastics activity to suit every type of student. Parents can participate in classes with their young children or enroll them in an independent curriculum where they can engage with their same-age peers. Rhythmic gymnastics is an excellent choice for creative girls while trampoline and tumbling classes are great go-to options for active boys. Competitive teams allow your child to really challenge their potential while general classes allow them to enjoy the activities as a hobby. There are even gymnastics classes for adults! Regardless of age, gender, or experience level, everyone can enjoy the benefits of this indoor sport. Physical Benefits of Gymnastics Classes Children can benefit exponentially from gymnastics. As toddlers, they can improve eye-hand coordination, as well as cognitive skills. Gymnastics classes are an excellent supplement to already athletic children, lending them added strength and flexibility. Additionally, these types of exercises help to keep their bones strong. Gymnastics act as a fantastic way for children to also learn agility, speed, and balance. All of this means your child maintains a well-developed and strong physique, as well as healthy, active habits that will hopefully carry over into their adulthood. An Active Sport For An Active Mind Did you know activities such as gymnastics classes have been associated with improved academic performance in school? Children learn to hone their concentration, problem-solving, and memorization skills, which can also benefit them in the classroom. Gymnastics classes also allow students a creative outlet through active movement. This can also help spur their endeavors in other artistic activities, such as music, painting, or dance. Overall, gymnastics is an excellent way to promote your child’s mental development, as well as their physical one. Encouraging Socialization and Life Skills When it comes to gymnastics classes, children also learn valuable socialization and team working skills. They develop a healthy competitive attitude and create a deeper connection with their peers. Additionally, they learn common courtesies and respect for others through positive dynamics. As individuals, children also develop discipline and establish a good work ethic, while also directly seeing their success firsthand. They learn to overcome the fear of public performance and grow a greater sense of bravery and perseverance. Finally, they discover a sense of...

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Back Handspring Clinic with UCLA Gymnast

Posted by on Feb 22, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Back Handspring Clinic with UCLA Gymnast

Train like the UCLA gymnasts do!   Open to all ages and levels ages 5 years-adult! Participants will be placed into groups according to age and level.   *Cheer/Dance teams, non-members are welcome!   Hosted by 3-time Olympic Coach, Olympic Silver Medalist and former Head Coach of UCLA gymnastics: LASG veteran Coach Yefim Furman!     Joining Yefim Furman is 2018 NCAA Pac-12 team champion from the National Championship winning team of the UCLA Bruins Gymnastics team   Sonya Meraz!   This exclusive back handspring clinic at the Los Angeles Schwill teach everyone proper tumbling skills, warm-up, conditioning, meet & greet and free poster giveaways!   Sunday, March 31, 2019 Time: 4-6pm   Call (310) 204-1980 for more information!   Sign Up! Download...

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Rhythmic Gymnastics: Top Things To Know About This Artistic Sport

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Rhythmic Gymnastics: Top Things To Know About This Artistic Sport

Rhythmic gymnastics is one of the most popular sports in the Olympics and consists of female-only individual and group routines that pair their performance with an object (usually a ball, hoop, or ribbon and music). But there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to this artistic sport. Read on to learn everything you should know about rhythmic gymnastics. Rhythmic Gymnastics: A Brief History Rhythmic gymnastics first began in the 1800s (taking its roots from ballet) as an unofficial dance group choreography that encouraged expression through movement and exercise. Throughout the 19th century, it continued to develop as a means for gymnasts to train, promoting grace, flexibility, and strength. However, it wasn’t until the early 20th century that rhythmic gymnastics became its own official category. The Swedish School of Rhythmic Gymnastics was established in 1900 and focused on Eurythmics, rhythm, and the elegance of movement. Shortly after, Germany included apparatuses into the routines. During the 1930s, rhythmic gymnastics gained popularity in Eastern Europe. A decade later, the Soviet Union began to facilitate it as a competitive sport. However, it wasn’t until the 1960s that the FIG (International Gymnastics Federation) declared it a legitimate professional sport. In 1964, the first-ever Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championship took place in Budapest and the United States officially participated in the sport in 1973. Finally, in 1984, rhythmic gymnastics joined the ranks of the Olympic Games, with its individual competitions. In 1996, the FIG added a group category as well. Back To Basics Now that we know the history of rhythmic gymnastics, let’s dive into the details of this artistic sport. Rhythmic gymnastics incorporates elements of dance and acrobatics into its choreography and can be performed in either solo or group routines. Its female-only participants used a variety of apparatuses in their routines, to include a ball, ribbon, hoop, rope or clubs. Rhythmic gymnastics is commonly confused with its cousin, artistic gymnastics, which involves no apparatus and incorporates tumbling and flips. In a typical routine, a solo gymnast gets 1 minute and 30 seconds to perform, while a group gets 2 minutes 30 seconds. All participants work on a 42.5ft x 42.5ft floor area during their routine. Judges assess everything from makeup and hair to a gymnast’s uniform. There is a code of regulations that dictate what a gymnast can and cannot have or wear during her performance. Any deviations may result in a disqualification. Rhythmic Gymnastics: Scoring System Judges use a 20-point scoring system, which consists of a difficulty (D) score (with a maximum of 10 points) and an Execution (E) score (also a maximum of 10 points). Contributing factors include artistry, facial expressions, leaps, flexibility, and the difficulty of their routine. They must keep their apparatus in constant movement throughout their routine while maintaining finesse and grace. Perhaps the worst thing a performer can do in their routine is dropping their apparatus. Fun Facts About Rhythmic Gymnastics There are some interesting things about this competitive sport that you may not know! For example, even though rhythmic gymnastics is a female-only Olympic Sport, there are other competitions that include male participants. Japan and several countries in Europe already have their own national category for men’s rhythmic gymnastics. Gymnasts must not only do the splits but also push it past the 180-degree status quo....

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BENEFICIOS DE LOS GIMNASICOS PARA NIÑOS, NIÑAS Y TODOS LOS NIÑOS

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

BENEFICIOS DE LOS GIMNASICOS PARA NIÑOS, NIÑAS Y TODOS LOS NIÑOS

La gimnasia es un deporte de alta habilidad donde el éxito requiere una inmensa cantidad de fuerza física, flexibilidad, perseverancia y tenacidad mental. Es una excelente actividad de desarrollo que se practica mejor desde la infancia. El impacto de la gimnasia en un niño puede llevar a una gran cantidad de beneficios que no se limitan solo al desarrollo físico; de hecho, inscribir a su hijo en este deporte también puede ayudarlo social y académicamente. Su hijo no tiene que convertirse en un gimnasta competitivo para obtener los beneficios de participar en esta actividad. Divertirse haciendo lo que les gusta mantendría a raya los efectos nocivos como la obesidad y los alentaría a seguir un estilo de vida más sano y disciplinado. Echa un vistazo a algunos de los beneficios de la gimnasia para niños que te ofrece Jennifer de Gymnasticslab.com Beneficios De La Gymnasia Para Ninos                                      Aunque las ventajas de inscribirse en este deporte no son específicas de género, los niños tienden a tener una ligera ventaja física sobre las niñas a medida que crecen. Un deporte organizado como la gimnasia ofrecería los siguientes beneficios a tu hijo: Aprenden la importancia de la disciplina que no se enseña en las escuelas. Comienzan a comprender cómo funciona el cuerpo y sus limitaciones. Participar en gimnasia le enseña a su hijo la importancia de jugar en equipo. Les ayuda a desarrollar músculos más fuertes y cuerpo flexible. Beneficios De La Gymnasia Para Ninas   Este deporte también es muy popular entre las niñas, ya que la gran cantidad de mujeres participantes en los Juegos Olímpicos y otros eventos mundiales son testigos de este hecho. Los padres se preguntan si es una buena idea inscribir a su hija en gimnasia debe ser consciente de los siguientes beneficios Este deporte también es muy popular entre las niñas, ya que la gran cantidad de mujeres participantes en los Juegos Olímpicos y otros eventos mundiales son testigos de este hecho. Los padres se preguntaban si sería una buena idea inscribir a su hija en gimnasia para conocer los siguientes beneficios: Ayuda a tu pequeña a ser autosuficiente desde una edad temprana Ayuda a deshacerse de la idea convencional de que los niños son mejores en deportes que las niñas Les ayuda a desarrollar una personalidad cálida y encantadora debido a la socialización involucrada. Les ayuda a desarrollar resistencia y resistencia. Enseña la importancia de luchar para mantenerse en la competición. Beneficios De La Gymnasia Para Ninos Como se mencionó anteriormente, todos pueden aprovechar los beneficios de la gimnasia ya que la mayoría de ellos no son específicos de género. Los niños, especialmente, pueden adaptarse mejor a situaciones difíciles y aprender rápidamente habilidades debido a su mayor capacidad cognitiva. Para realizar una determinada acción, su hijo tendría que visualizar la habilidad de antemano, que es una excelente manera para que desarrollen una correlación entre sus funciones cerebrales y corporales. La investigación ha encontrado que existe una fuerte relación entre los niños que están en buena forma física y su rendimiento académico. Las habilidades cognitivas requeridas en un campo de entrenamiento de gimnasia también se transfieren al aula, lo que puede ayudarlos a centrarse en las lecciones y...

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BENEFITS OF GYMNASTICS FOR BOYS, GIRLS AND ALL KIDS

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

BENEFITS OF GYMNASTICS FOR BOYS, GIRLS AND ALL KIDS

Gymnastics is a high skill sport where success requires an immense amount of physical strength, flexibility, perseverance, and mental tenacity. It is a superb developmental activity that is best practiced from childhood. The impact of gymnastics on a child can lead to a myriad of benefits that aren’t just limited to physical development; in fact, enrolling your child in this sport can also help them socially and academically. Your child does not have to become a competitive gymnast to reap the benefits of engaging in this activity. Having fun doing what they love would keep ill effects like obesity at bay and encourage them to stick to a healthier and disciplined lifestyle. Check out some benefits of gymnastics for children brought to you by Jennifer from Gymnasticslab.com   Benefits of Gymnastics for Boys                                     Even though the advantages of enrolling in this sport is not gendered specific, boys tend to have a slight physical advantage over girls as they get older. An organized sport like gymnastics would offer the following benefits to your boy: They get to learn the importance of discipline that is not taught in schools They begin to understand how the body works and its limitations Engaging in taking part in gymnastics teaches your boy the importance of team play Helps them develop stronger muscles and flexible body   Benefits of Gymnastics for Girls This sport is also very popular among girls as the sheer number of women participants in the Olympics and other global events bear witness to this fact. Parents were wondering if it’s a good idea to enroll their daughter in gymnastics should be aware of the following benefits: Helps your little girl to become self-dependent from an early age Helps get rid of the conventional idea that boys are better in sports than girls Helps them develop a warm and charming personality due to the socialization involved Helps them build up endurance and stamina Teaches the importance of struggle to stay in the competition   Benefits of Gymnastics for Kids As mentioned earlier, everyone can reap the benefits of gymnastics as most of them are not gender specific. Kids, especially, can better adapt to challenging situations and quickly learn skills due to their greater cognitive ability. To perform a certain action, your child would have to visualize the skill beforehand, which is a great way for them to develop a correlation between their brain and body functions. Research has found that there is a strong relationship between children who are physically fit and their academic achievement. The cognitive abilities required in a gymnastic training ground also carry over into the classroom, which can help them focus on lessons and get improved academic results.   Social and character benefits Cultivating valuable social skills are a necessity in gymnastic classes as your child will have to listen, take advice, follow directions, and be respectful towards their peers and trainers. Kids are also encouraged to take turns and motivate one another to create bonds and foster a healthy, team atmosphere. A lot of gymnastic moves require one to put complete trust in their partner; this can help develop feelings of mutual trust and form relationship skills that would be...

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