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!
We have all heard of gymnastics but what does taking part in gymnastics really mean for young children. Gymnastics can be defined as a set of skills that involve mastering specific physical movements. Some of these skills involve using equipment that you might have to hold, jump over or swing on. Each gymnastics skill has a name and has to be performed in a certain way if it is to gain the coach and judges approval. Gymnastics is much more than a pretty leotard When I mention that my 4 year old daughter goes to a preschool gymnastics class my friends all say “aww I bet she looks cute in a frilly pink leotard”. At this age for a lot of parents gymnastics is a chance to dress up their children and let them have lots of fun tumbling and getting used to being around other children in a structured ‘play environment’. Soft foam filled shapes of all different colours and sizes cover the recreational gymnastics gymnasium floor as loving mothers and fathers hold their precious gymnasts hands while they climb, wobble across a floor beam and giggle their way through several roly polys. These fun filled recreational classes taught me to balance, jump and use my own body to create shapes and complete exciting obstacle courses. I had a lot of fun, learnt to explore and play and began to see my mother in new ways, someone who I knew would protect me while at the same time playing and getting involved in activities on my level. I grew into my love of gymnastics I first began a proper gymnastics class at the age of 5 and for a shy girl like I was this is a scary place to be. Older children dismounted the bars and sprinted towards the vault at full speed. These big girls towered over me and had an intensity in their eyes that was intimidating. I didn’t wish to be like them yet, I still wanted to hold my mum’s hand and return to the comfort of my recreational gymnastics class. Gymnastics wasn’t a joy in my life at first but gradually under the care of some lovely coaches and surrounded by many new friends, I began to bond with gym life. As I picked up new skills and climbed up the levels I enjoyed the sense of achievement every time I reached a new goal. Being a gymnast isn’t easy but if you choose a good gym, spending many hours there each week is made fun because of the energy the coaches put into helping you, with an honest passion and a clear understanding of what gymnastics is about. The friendships and support of the gymnasts growing alongside you will push you past any difficulties and you’ll know that no matter what you have to face in life outside the gym that there will also be somebody willing to help and give you the spirit and courage to achieve your dreams in anything you do. Written by gymnastics parent and enthusiast Pauline Rothwell from justifyingfun...
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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...
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...