It’s that time again! Everest Gymnastics is finally slowing down a bit after a long and exciting season. Here, the coaches share some advice on what to do between the end of a long run and the start of a new gymnastics year.
Q: Should gymnasts continue training throughout the summer?
Everest Gymnastics: Yes, of course. We suggest rest and small incremental breaks in training. Keep in mind that their bodies have just undergone some pretty intense workouts, and resting will help them regain their physical and emotional strength. We like to see them take it easy on themselves for a few weeks so that they can build themselves back up to high-intensity training. Continue reading
If your child is just entering gymnastics, or any sport for that matter, congratulations. They are on a journey that has the potential to change their lives. But, according to the coaches of Everest Gymnastics, there are sacrifices that go along with the dedication required to excel in athletics. Here are three things you should know, especially if your child shows potential in their preferred sport:
- Your child will get hurt.
While significant injuries are rare, children who participate in advanced athletics, including gymnastics, will get hurt at some point. Sprains, strains, and even broken bones are not unusual, particularly in older students who wish to push themselves harder and farther. It is also not unusual for young athletes to internalize the pain, never mentioning it to their coaches or parents. As a parent, it is your job not to lecture your child on injuries received but to support them through recovery. Continue reading
Despite its fluid movements, gymnastics can be considered an extreme sport as it requires jumping, bending, running, and other physical acts. As a parent, you want your child to both enjoy their sport of choice and be safe. Here are some tips provided by coaches at Everest Gymnastics on how to do just that.
Your top priority is to find a gymnastics facility that puts safety first. Don’t just sign your child up for class at the first center with an opening. Look for reviews, ask friends with children who participate, and, most importantly, tour the facility. Ask the administrators about their athlete-to-coach ratio, and take a close look at their equipment. It should be age-appropriate and preferably designed and approved for use in a commercial setting. Everest Gymnastics uses only the latest USAG Certified Equipment, which is cleaned often and regularly inspected for damage. Continue reading
While most 14-year-old girls were busy worrying about their first middle school dance, Kaylen Morgan had her eyes set on a higher goal, the Women’s US National Team. Through hard work, endless hours of training, and an iron will, Morgan achieved her dream and represented the US in Montréal in March.
Kaylen’s coaches say they knew she was special from the time she first walked through the doors at Everest Gymnastics. They assert that the young lady has worked hard over the years to become one of just 25 gymnasts selected for the prestigious Women’s US National Team. Kaylen is one of the youngest members of the elite athletic group, which also includes Simone Biles, an Olympic gold medalist and one of Morgan’s role models.
According to her coaches at Everest Gymnastics, Kaylen was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and is a freshman at Connections Academy. She was first introduced to gymnastics as a toddler when her mother registered for recreational classes in Georgia. Kaylen’s goals have always been to represent the US in the world championships. Continue reading
Gymnastics as a competitive sport requires dedication, long hours of training, and a certain level of natural talent. However, as Everest Gymnastics explains in the following brief Q&A, there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to recreational gymnastics.
Q: Is it true that you have to be a natural athlete to enjoy gymnastics?
Everest Gymnastics: You can enjoy gymnastics no matter how fit you may be. As long as you are physically able to perform basic gymnastics functions, you can build strength, grace, and concentration over time. Many children who are enrolled in gymnastics class are there simply to supplement their physical activity level. We believe that every student has the ability and the right to have fun even if they do not wish to commit to competitive gymnastics. It’s also important to know that you do not have to be petite to participate – 2008 Olympic contender Marie Sophie Hindermann is 5’9” — 6 inches taller than the average female worldwide. Continue reading
Gymnastics is an excellent way to introduce children of all ages to physical fitness. However, the coaches at Everest Gymnastics explain that not all facilities are alike. Some are equipped only for older, more experienced students while others openly embrace children as young as two-years-old. Keep reading as representatives from the Huntersville-based gymnastics center answer a few questions about choosing a program for your child.
Q: What is the most important thing to look for in a gymnastics program?
Everest Gymnastics: There are many considerations, but the top ones that come to mind are the hygiene of the facility, equipment availability, and quality of the coaches. A good gymnastics center will be well-ventilated and obviously clean. It will have a vast range of age-appropriate equipment available with plenty of pieces that will grow with the aspiring gymnast. While not all members of the staff will need to be elite athletes themselves, head coaches should have at least some gymnastics experience, preferably at the college level or above. Continue reading
The Gymnix International has been going strong for nearly 30 years. It is one of the most anticipated gymnastics events of the year. For 2019, Everest Gymnastics is pleased to report that the gym’s own Kaylen Morgan will make her international debut for the Women’s U.S. National Team during this event. She will compete as part of the four-person junior team.
Here’s what the coaches had to say about the news.
Q: What is the Gymnix International?
Everest Gymnastics: This is an event that takes place every year in Montreal, Canada. It is one of the premier women’s artistic competitions and sees athletes from all over the world compete. The 2019 Senior International Cup is made up of teams from the US, Japan, Canada, Belgium, and Australia. The Junior International Cup also has participating teams from Germany and France. It is truly an honor to be selected, and this is Kaylen’s first international appointment, but we are sure that it will not be her last. Continue reading
Everest Gymnastics is pleased to announce that the gym’s very own Amber Lowe was selected to compete in the Nastia Liukin Cup in Greensboro on March 2nd, 2019. Lowe came in 11th overall and showed impressive skill in all events. The 2019 Nastia Liukin Cup is the annual kick off to the USA Gymnastics’ Triple Cup Weekend.
According to coaches from Everest Gymnastics, Lowe is a remarkable and dedicated young athlete. At the event, Lowe scored an impressive 9.625 on the balance beam, which tied her for 3rd place with Makenna Smith of Gold Cup Gymnastics. Lowe’s overall score of 37.250 reflects this 13-year-old’s growing abilities. Continue reading
Gymnastics is one of the most rigorous sports of today and results in around 100,000 injuries each year. According to coaches at Everest Gymnastics, some of the most common gymnastics injuries are wrist fractures, ACL tears, herniated disks, and cartilage damage. Many young gymnasts train intensely for 20 hours or more each week. As routines become longer and more difficult, the risk of injury increases.
Everest Gymnastics takes extreme measures to ensure the safety of their students. While proper equipment, gear, padding, and hands-on instructor attention are crucial, each athlete and their family must also take steps to prevent injuries.
Qi Han of Everest Gymnastics explains that the first step toward injury prevention is physical preparation. This means staying in shape and engaging in regular flexibility, strength, and aerobic exercises. During these exercises, students should take the time to stretch and “warm up” their muscles, bones, and joints. Just three to five minutes of warm-ups, which should include running, walking, jumping jacks, and exercise-specific stretches, can mean the difference between pain and participation. Han also asserts that hydration is essential for both effective cooling and muscle performance. Continue reading
Everest Gymnastics is proud to have a team of dedicated coaches and assistants. These men and women are on the floor and work with students and athletes every day from recreational preschool classes to intense competition-level skills training. Coaches motivate and encourage athletes in their training. For January 2019, the gymnastics training center, which now has two locations in Huntersville and Cornelius, has chosen to highlight select coaches and acknowledge their contribution to Everest Gymnastics — Coach Anna, Coach Lori, and Coach Matt.
Q: What makes Coach Anna special?
Everest Gymnastics: Coach Anna is the kind of person that can light up even the darkest room. She has been with us for 13 years, and we have never seen her with a frown on her face, despite the demands of coaching the Compulsory Team. Anna is one of the healthiest people we’ve ever met and is in the process of opening her own fitness-based business, Body Sculpting, which we know will be a success. Continue reading