Hi GymBeat Family,
Welcome back to our monthly newsletter. This month, as summer begins to come to a close, we start to focus on a little something called routine again. Yep, even though our lives may feel like routine is the last thing on our minds, it has been shown that a good routine can positively impact our day. Sam will speak on this in just a bit, but keep this main idea in mind as you read this months newsletter. Enjoy!
Coach of the Month
Sydney has been with GymBeat for almost 2 years now. She started out enrolled in tumbling classes because it helped with her training in traditional martial arts. When Sydney found out we had an opening for a ninja coach, she jumped up 10 feet and said: “This is so cool, I want in!” Since then, Sydney has been non-stop! She was later promoted to co-head coach and aspires to mix her love of martial arts alongside ninja, gymnastics, and tumbling. Sydney’s outside activities include attending Reedley College, pursuing a degree in Bioengineering, and working part-time tutoring math, also at the college. In her free time, Sydney enjoys skateboarding, freelining, and spending time with her family. Her motto in life is similar to her martial arts background: Stay focused, stay humble, respect one another, be yourself, and make a difference in the world! Sydney, we can’t ask for anything more!
Athletes of the Month
Even though Delaney is almost 6 years old, she is fierce in the ‘Little Ninjas’ program. Her favorite thing to do in the gym is ninja rolls on the trampoline. She says it’s the extra bounce that makes it so much fun! Delaney’s outside activities include art, bike riding, play with her friends and dogs Astro and Sadie. Delaney is also an accomplished green belt in Taekwondo at another studio. She says learning ninja skills with Taekwondo is the ultimate “Wow!” Delaney aspires to be a ‘kid’ doctor and a ninja when she grows up! What a wonderful combination! Good luck Dalaney!
Brennen is 10 years old and currently holds a ‘green’ level headband in the Ninja Zone program. These color levels are similar to traditional martial arts, where white is a beginner and progressing to different colors leads up to the ultimate top. Brennen graduated from white, to yellow and now green. He already has his sights on blue, so watch out! He loves everything about the Ninja Zone program because it mixes gymnastics and tumbling skills with the super cool ninja moves! Outside activities include playing Fortnite and other fun video and card games with his family and friends. His favorite game is 4-Square. Brennen would like to be a firefighter when he grows up. “It’s badly needed right now in California and I want to help!” Thank you, Brennen, that’s an awesome goal!
Does everyone remember before the pandemic, what your exercise regimen was like? Walking, running, lifting weights, tennis, bike riding, all of it is so important to our daily lives and well-being. We hear it in the news all the time. Exercise 3 or 4 times a week to maintain and improve your muscles, circulation, keep your mind sharp and a host of other wonderful attributes! But don’t take my word for it. Below are some articles and links to websites that may help you and your family better understand that general exercise is not just for kids. It’s for everyone including adults and especially seniors, like myself. I still have goals in life and one of them is never stop exercising. Gymnastics stretching, strength building and conditioning will always stay with me! Read up on what may work for you!
Recipe of the Month
Mixed Berries and Banana Smoothie Bowl
Recipe by Food Network
1 cup frozen mixed berries
3/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 frozen ripe banana
1 teaspoon honey, optional
1/4 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup fresh raspberries
2 dollops low-fat vanilla yogurt
2 to 3 tablespoons granola
1 teaspoon chia seeds
Combine the berries, orange juice, yogurt, banana and honey, if using, in a blender and puree until smooth.
Pour the smoothie into a bowl. Top with the blueberries, raspberries, vanilla yogurt and granola. Sprinkle with the chia seeds.
Stretch of the Month
Squatting Leg-out Groin and Adductor Stretch
credit to stretchcoach.com
Gymnastics stretches are one of the most under-utilized techniques for improving athletic performance, preventing sports injury and properly rehabilitating sprain and strain injury. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that something as simple as stretching won’t be effective.
Stand with your feet wide apart. Keep one leg straight and your toes pointing forward while bending the other leg and turning your toes out to the side. Lower your groin towards the ground and rest your hands on your bent knee or the ground.
That's it for this month's newsletter. We hope that it gave you some inspiration to create a healthy routine at home. Have any other creative ways that you have implemented to create routines in your home? Let us know, it might even get featured for next month's newsletter!
Signing off for now!
-The Gymnastics Beat Team