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

7 States 2018 – Results

Level 7 States were hosted by Star Bound Gymnastics at Cumberland Regional High School on 21/22 April.

Congrats to MG Elite the 2018 Level 7 Team Champions with a exceptional New Team Record of 117.825.

35 Clubs participated with 9 Individual Records set.

Congratulations everyone!

117.825  MG Elite
116.450  EnVision
116.150  Arena
115.575 US Gym II
114.800  Head Over Heels
114.025  Bright Stars

Team Results
Individual Results
New State Records

Meet Alexandra Abeal – 2018 Graduating Senior

Alexandra Abeal is a Xcel Diamond athlete training at Devlin Gymnastics coached by Kaitlyn Grasso, Donna Tirrell, Ali Mitch, April Sayre, Jamie Berkheiser and Jamie Solheim.
She resides in Brick, NJ with her parents Anthony and Eleni.
In the fall, Alex plans to attend Stockton University to major in Elementary Education with a Special Education Minor.

Academic Achievements:
Honor Roll

Gymnastics Achievements:
4 Year All Round Varsity Gymnast for Brick Township High School
2  High School Years as Team Captain
Shore Conference and State Regional Qualifier all 4 years
Devlin Club Gymnast since the age of two

Words of Wisdom:
“Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.”

Meet Elena Gies – 2018 Graduating Senior

Elena Gies is a Xcel Diamond 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 Lisa and Don.
In the fall, Elena plans to attend Stevens Institute of Technology to major in Engineering.

Academic Achievements:
Commended Student for National Merit Scholarship
AP Scholar
NHS Member
Top 10 at Manalapan High School

Gymnastics Achievements:
JOGA State Qualifier
JOGA 5 State Champion
Xcel State Qualifier
Xcel Regional Qualifier

Words of Wisdom:
You can’t always be honest, and you can’t always be kind, but if you have the chance to be honestly kind, then make sure to take it.

9 Regionals 2018 – Results

Level 9 Regional Championships were held at the Sportsplex in Landover, MD on 14/15 April.

View All Region 7 Championship Scores HERE

The following NJ Gymnasts finished 1st All Around in their respective divisions:

Jr 1 Olivia Kelly/North Stars 38.475
Jr 5 Madison Vitolo/North Stars 37.775
Jr 7 McKenna Harris/Atlantic Coast & Nicolette Horton/North Stars 37.275
Jr 8 Ella Mochel/ENA 37.675
Sr 2 Gianna Vaiarelli/Will-Moor 37.875
Sr 8 Raine Smith/North Stars 37.500

Congrats to all USAG NJ 2018 Regional Competitors and Eastern National Qualifiers!