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July 2020 Newsletter

Hi GymBeat Family,

Welcome back to our monthly newsletter! We understand that we are living in an uncertain time, so that is why for this newsletter, we will focus on things you can do at home to maintain some normalcy and routine to your day.

A Quick Note:

As you may know. Gymnastics Beat has been forced to temporarily close down again until further notice due Governor Newsom's statewide order. Follow us on social media to keep up to date on the latest details.


Coach of the Month

Stefan San Nicolas

Coach Stefan loves everything about cheer! He hopes to attend and compete at next year’s World’s cheer-leading championships in Florida! In the meantime, Stefan’s hobbies are music, watching movies, traveling, (when it’s ok to start flying again) and spending time with family and friends! Speaking of flying, Stefan has his eyes on either Europe or Japan, take your pick! And besides both countries offers his favorite bev: Starbucks! Many of our students and parents love coach Stefan, not just being a coach, but his funny side personality and wit makes him one of our most beloved employees!


Athletes of the Month

Jersie Torres

Jersie is 11 years old and will be going into 7th grade this year. She has been cheering since she was 5 years old and started with our Pyramid Athletics since opening in 2018. Jersie works extremely hard at school maintaining a 4.0 GPA, is part of her student council and tries her very best in everything she does on and off the cheer mat. She currently is a flyer on her level 5 cheer team and cannot wait until she is old enough to attend the 'Worlds Championships' (the cream of the top for high level cheer-leaders) in Florida.

Aria Palacios

Aria is 7 years old and soon to be a 2nd grader.  She is helpful, kind, smart, and funny.  Aria has been coming to Gymnastics Beat since 2016, where she started in Gym Jr. and patiently awaited turning 4, so she could join cheer. Aria loves to be active and cheer has allowed her to focus that energy and learn new skills. Aria also had a perfect attendance in our virtual zoom classes during the time the gym closed temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Sam's Corner

Several people have asked me what type of meditation do I use or do I recommend? Personally, my wife, Diana, and I are TM meditators. TM meaning Transcendental Meditation. It is a technique that has truly benefited us in the past 2 years! Since the world-wide pandemic has disabled all of the world’s societies in every little and big way possible, people are searching for ways to cope. Stress levels are at an all-time high and many are wondering how to deal with the loss of jobs, no physical school time this fall for kids and lack of proper exercise etc…. The following links to several websites and articles may help find suitable meditation for you! Try one method, or try them all….or even a combination of several. One thing is for sure….meditation is one way of coping with clearer thought, an open mind, and less anxiety.


Recipe of the Month


Recipe by Susan Harrell


  • 2 pieces of toast

  • 2 ounces of smoked salmon tartare or just plain salmon

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 avocado

  • 1/2 lemon

  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar

  • Salt


  1. Bring a small pot of water to a high simmer or very, very low boil. While it's heating, make an ice bath for the eggs. Once you've got the water up to about 200F, add in the vinegar and the eggs. stir gently.

  2. Place the toast in the toaster.

  3. Check the eggs. You are looking for about 3 minutes for the yolks still to be runny. Just kinda poke on it. When it's not super jiggly and just a tad firm, take out and place in the ice bath.

  4. Grab the avocado and dice it up. Add in the lemon juice and some salt. Smash, taste and spread on the pieces of toast. Then place some of the smoked salmon over the avocado and top with the egg.

  5. ENJOY!


Stretch of the Month

Kneeling Rockers

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A good way to warm up for any exercises involving your feet is kneeling rockers. This plantar flexion mobility stretch decreases the likelihood of potentially incredibly strenuous accidents from happening, like rolling your ankle. So let’s not make that a possibility and jump right into getting your body ready.

Sit on the ground with legs underneath you, and the top of your feet flat against the floor. You should be positioned so that the bottom of your feet are underneath your butt. Now hold the ground on either side of you for balance and push your hips forward while using legs for support. This will cause quads to flex and helps test ankle resistance. Spend the time you have in between sets (10-15 seconds) alternating resting and lifting your legs off the ground. Essentially you’ll be rocking back and forth with your legs underneath.


That's it for this month's newsletter. We understand that this is a difficult time for all and while we can't be together at GymBeat, we hope that this newsletter helps incorporate GymBeat into your daily routine at home.

Signing off for now!

-The Gymnastics Beat Team

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