Enthusiasm

“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success.
When you do a thing, do it with all your might.
Put your whole soul into it.
Stamp it with your own personality.
Be active, be energetic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Under Pressure Tip


PCA National Advisory Board Member and Head Coach for the Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens (@BCCoachStevens) is known as a positive coach. Before joining the Celtics, Stevens rose to prominence as the preternaturally calm and cool coach of the Butler University basketball team that he led to consecutive NCAA title game appearances.

In this video, Stevens describes an experience he had playing Little League® Baseball. As a pitcher under a lot of pressure, Stevens was incredibly nervous and anxious. His coach, who was also his father, called timeout and walked out to him. Stevens was expecting a few words of technical coaching, but instead his father simply asked ……

Summer Hydration Tips

Water is essential to our daily diet and everything we do, especially in the warmer months. It’s important to know the facts about hydration before starting a workout routine or enjoying your favorite outdoor activity. Dr. Heather Bergeson, Medical Director for the TRIA Kids Program share tips on how much water one should drink to stay hydrated.

Hydration tips:

  • Drink 16 ounces of water one hour before exercise
  • Drink four to eight ounces of fluids every 15-20 minutes of exercise
  • Drink eight ounces of fluid every 15 -20 minutes after your workout or activity it over
  • One to two gulps = one ounce
  • Drink water for events lasting less than one hour and sports drinks for events lasting over an hour

Sports drinks, protein shakes, and recovery drinks can be acceptable for a post-workout drinks.  But, it depends on the intensity and length of the workout. Water is still the best option. During a prolonged, vigorous workout, an individual can lose carbohydrates, minerals, and electrolytes. In this case, sports drinks would be a good choice because they usually contain those necessary components. Sports drinks also usually contain an unnecessary amount of sugar and calories. Protein shakes and recovery drinks can also be a good supplement for hydration. Protein has shown it can enhance muscle recovery when consumed immediately after a workout. Low-fat chocolate milk is actually a better choice over a protein shake.

Energy drinks lead people to believe they can improve physical performance, but they contain negative side effects from non-nutritive stimulants such as caffeine, guarana, taurine or creatine.

Proper hydration not only helps improve overall athletic performance, but it can also aid in the recovery process. Water is always the best option when deciding what to drink after exercising.

Dehydration 

Dehydration is the excessive loss of fluids from the body or through sweating, urination, diarrhea or vomiting. The signs and symptoms can range from minor to severe and may cause:

  • Dry, sticky mouth
  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Decreased performance
  • Muscle cramps
  • Irritability
  • Extreme fatigue

As Dr. Bergeson likes to say, “Start hydrated, stay hydrated.”

Meet Olivia Lowe – 2018 Graduating Senior

Olivia Lowe is a Xcel Diamond athlete training at Devlin Gymnastics coached by Kaitlyn, Donna, Ali, Kelly, April, Jamie B, Joe, Mary and Jamie S.
She resides in Wall, NJ with her parents Jamie and Ed.
In the fall, Olivia plans to attend Rhode Island College to major in Business Management.

Gymnastics Achievements:
2005 Level 5 Floor State Champion
2017 Xcel Diamond Bar Champion
2017 Xcel Diamond Team Champion Member
2018 Xcel Diamond Team Champion Member

Words of Wisdom:
You may see me struggle, but you will never see me quit.

Xcel Bronze States 2018 – Results

Xcel Bronze States were hosted by Giant Gymnastics at County College of Morris on 6 May.

Congrats to USA Twisterz the 2018 Xcel Bronze Team Champions.

16 Clubs participated and 3 New State Records were set.

Congratulations everyone!

111.875  USA Twisterz
111.675  Bright Stars
111.300  Star Bound
111.025  LaGymnastique
110.900  Riverview
110.675  Twisters

Team Results
Individual 7 & 8 Yrs Results
Individual 5/6, 9, 10 & 11+ Yrs Results
New State Records

Xcel Platinum States 2018 – Results

Xcel Platinum States were hosted by Giant Gymnastics at County College of Morris on 5/6 May.

Congrats to North Stars Gymnastics Academy the 2018 Xcel Platinum Team Champions with a New State Record Score of 112.875.

12 Clubs participated and 14 New State Records were set.

Congratulations everyone!

112.875  North Stars
112.800  Riverview
112.175  Bright Stars
111.075  Flippin Out
108.475  Madison Area YMCA
108.425  Devlin

Team Results
Individual Results
New State Records

Meet Julia Chinni – 2018 Graduating Senior

Julia Chinni is a Xcel Diamond athlete training at Madison Area YMCA coached by Christina Lopez and Ellen Gavin.
She resides in Madison, NJ with her parents Stephanie and Brian Chinni.
In the fall, Julia plans to attend Villanova University to major in Nursing.

Academic Achievements:
National Honors Society

 

Meet Maya Chalker – 2018 Graduating Senior

Maya Chalker is a Xcel Diamond athlete training at Madison Area YMCA coached by Ellen Gavin and Christina Lopez.
She resides in Madison, NJ with her parents Richard and Emi Chalker.
In the fall, Maya plans to attend University of Michigan.

Academic Achievements:
National Honor Society

 

Xcel Silver States 2018 – Results

Xcel Silver States were hosted by Giant Gymnastics at County College of Morris on 5 May.

Congrats to Bright Stars Gymnastics the 2018 Xcel Silver Team Champions with a New State Record Score of 114.150.

20 Clubs participated and 9 New State Records were set.

Congratulations everyone!

114.150  Bright Stars
113.225  Head Over Heels
112.675  North Stars
112.575  Giant
112.500  USA Twiterz
112.275  Star Bound

Team Results
Individual Results
New State Records

Meet Shayna Lynn – 2018 Graduating Senior

Shayna Lynn is a Xcel Platinum athlete training at Devlin Gymnastics coached by Kaitlyn Grasso, Donna Tirrell, Ali Mitch, April Sayre, Jamie Berkheiser and Jamie Solheim.
She resides in Howell, NJ with her parents Michelle and Scott.
In the fall, Shayna plans to attend Rutgers University to major in Psychology.

Academic Achievements:
Rebel Scholar Award

Gymnastics Achievements:
4 Year Varsity Gymnast – Howell HS
2017-2018 Captain

TOP’s Testing 2018

2018 TOPS State Testing Dates and Sites are up on USA Gymnastics website!!
Registration is now open for all May and June testing dates.
Registration is through USA Gymnastics group processing only!
Cost is $50.00 per athlete per testing. $25.00 late fee if registering within one week of testing.
Any questions, please contact your TOPS State Manager. They are listed in our website.

TOPS. Work Hard. Dream Big. Make it Happen!!!

NJ TOP’s Testing – Friday, July 20th, 5pm
Bright Stars Academy, Egg Harbor Twp, NJ

Register Online  HERE

View Flyer HERE

6 States 2018 – Results

Level 6 States were hosted by Star Bound Gymnastics at Cumberland Regional High School on 21/22 April.

Congrats to MG Elite the 2018 Level 6 Team Champions with a New State Record of 115.875.

38 Clubs participated and 7 New Records were set.

Congratulations everyone!

115.875  MG Elite
115.750  EnVision
114.850  ENA Paramus
114.650 Head Over Heels
114.325  Top Flight
113.400  La Gymnastique

Team Results
Individual Results
New State Records