|February Is Flexibility Month
Have you ever seen a circus contortionist bend into a pretzel and think, "How is that humanly possible?" Although we don't focus our training on contortionist status flexibility here at ATA, we do want to encourage our students to continually grow and improve their flexibility. The definition of flexibility is the ability of your joints and body parts to execute their full range of motion. Flexibility (achieved through regular stretching) helps to improve posture, reduce soreness, decrease the risk of injury and improve physical performance. Flexibility from student to student will vary greatly, however, studies have shown that with consistent practice, flexibility can improve. At ATA, all classes spend a designated amount of time on stretching. During the month of February we are going to focus more intensely on different stretches. Coaches will not only start off every class with the regular warm up/stretching time, they will include stretching throughout the class by incorporating it into the circuits and stations. In addition, the last 5 minutes of every class, will also be spent stretching. At the end of class, students' muscles should be warm (an ideal time for stretching). Students will do toe touches, pancakes, splits, over splits, straddles, back and shoulder stretches, etc. We highly recommend that you encourage your child to practice these stretches at home. In fact, we encourage you to put on your yoga pants and join them :)
Here are some guidelines...
- Always warm up the body prior to stretching, as this increases blood flow around the body, which in turn makes the muscles more supple.
- Ease into a stretch, relax, and don't push or bounce. You should feel a stretch in the muscle which might be a little uncomfortable, but not painful.
- Remember to breathe regularly and rhythmically. Do not hold your breath. Hold each position for approximately 30 seconds.
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In January Gymster students enjoyed learning to jump rope and practiced their plank positions as we kicked off a healthy happy New Year.
February starts the season of Friendship at ATA! February 1st-14th Gymster students will practice important social skills like introducing themselves to a new friend, taking turns, giving high fives and encouraging others during group activity times and stations. Come and learn how to be a fantastic FRIEND!
Skill of the month: handstand
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|Valentine's Day Sleepover|
When: Sat. February 15th
Time: 7:30pm to 8:00am
Ages: 6-12 years
Cost: $44 enrolled students/ $49 non enrolled students
Space is limited. Sign up today!!!
As a lead up to Valentine's Day, our Intro Tumblers (3-6 yrs) will spend the first two weeks of February participating in activities that focus on friendship. What's better than doing gymnastics?...doing gymnastics with a friend!!! Students will learn the importance of helping one another and working together as they perform fun partner skills. All friendship themed activities will follow ATA's curriculum and help to develop student's strength, balance, agility, coordination and flexibility.
|Acrobatic Gymnastics Team|
ATA Athletes enjoyed a great bonding experience and superior instruction at the annual Region 1 Athlete Clinic. The clinic was held at International Gymnastics Center in Sacramento, January 18-19th. Special clinicians from around the state participated in the event. The region was treated to a special visit from Valdimir Vladev, head coach and owner of San Antonio Acrobatic Gymnastics Center in San Antonio, TX. As a former elite level Bulgarian men's pair top, Vladi has traveled all over the world competing in Acrobatics. He delivered a lot of enthusiasm and great experience and technical knowledge as a clinician and acro expert! Training sessions focused on acrobatic partner skills training, individual skills and tumbling. Kristin Allen, former World Champion mixed pair top, taught a special session of acrobatic dance and performance where the athletes were challenged to use their imaginations and theatrics! Alayna Davis, Marie Annonson, Mike Machado and mixed pair World Champion base, Michael Rodrigues rounded out an amazing clinic staff!
January 5th, ATA's international track athletes competed in the west coast international selection event for international assignment opportunities in spring 2014! All ATA athletes received national team positions and were awarded invitations to travel to events. Men's pair, Bryan Allen and Brennan Atsatt will travel to Porto, Portugal to compete in the 2014 Maia Cup, March 7-9th. We will have three women's groups traveling to Belgium in April to compete in the 2014 Flanders International Acro Cup. Congratulations to 11-16 age group Kaylee Witana, Kayla Ronquillo and Cheyenna Jones, 12-18 women's group Neena Deshpande, Mikaela Fincannon and Hannah Pack and 13-19 women's group Shannon & Kaitlyn Kennedy and Kendall Tarvin. There will be a lot of hard work and focused training as these athletes prepare to represent Team USA at this year's spring international events. ATA was very proud of all the athletes who participated!