GYM MOMENTUM- NOT JUST FOR KIDS ANYMORE!!!
Adult Gymnastics Training Camp Portsmouth–Review
by Gina Paulhus
July 17-19 the first ever all-adult gymnastics training camp took place in Portsmouth, NH. The camp was born out of the idea that it would nice for adult gymnasts to have a judgement free zone to learn drills and technique while also having the opportunity to socialize outside of the gym. Plus, it’s a great excuse to take a trip to the Seacoast in the summer!
Our slogan was ‘Proud to Hang Around Bars All Night.’ Which didn’t exactly happen–because most of the athletes turned in early to keep up with the rigorous schedule of the training camp. There was 14 hours of gymnastics planned over two and a half days. The athletes ranged in age from 23 to 61.
The camp attracted gymnasts from Across the USA in addition to a couple of athletes from Canada and the UK.
The camp was able to accommodate the needs of the beginner gymnast all the way up through USAG/AAU/NAIGC competitive level 9. To keep a positive atmosphere we listened to a variety of 90s music (a huge request!). NEXT YEAR- WE MAY GET A DJ!
Friday night after warm-ups we split into groups (the athletes were divided by level into 3 separate groups). These groups were called ‘Stone Age,’ ‘Paleolithic Age’ and ‘Ice Age.’ Everyone was full of excitement and eager to get on the equipment. Friday night we focused on physical preparation for warm-up purposes, floor basics, bar basics, and beam. We met for a quick dinner at Chipotle’s and a few ambitious campers hit up downtown Portsmouth.
Saturday included two training sessions. In addition to the four women’s artistic events, we offered a dance warmup, a men’s event warmup, and individual and group sessions with Dave Burchuk from Lighthouse Physical Therapy. There was an option for choreography critique as well. Sandwiched between the two trainings we had Mental Training and Nutrition for Gymnastics clinics by the pool. Everyone enjoyed a dinner out together Saturday night, and some even snuck in a trip for ice cream.
Sunday started bright and early–8am. We had a morning training and then an afternoon training. Morning training included a conditioning option, which many of the adults were interested in. This impressed me since people were getting pretty sore by now! The presence of a TV camera filming for the NH Chronicle perked everyone up for the afternoon training. We also had an optional show in the afternoon where the groups presented what they had worked on at camp. We presented 12 awards, including an award for:
Good Samaritan–For always looking out for the safety of other campers–Abbie Green of Cambridge MA
Most Last Minute–for emailing me at 1am on Friday night asking if she could come to camp on Saturday morning–Jill Lacedonia of CT
Best Dancer–for her spontaneous outburst of dancing to ‘Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy’–Traci from PA
Gym Nerd—for his disturbing recount of fluff pieces shown in 1996—Stefane Tiki Victor from DC
After awards we hit up Wallis Sands Beach in Rye, and ended camp with a lovely seafood dinner up in Kittery.
Congratulations to all the friendly, hardworking athletes who came to our first camp. The athletes did a tremendous job pacing themselves and also listening and incorporating the corrections given by the staff. We used a white board to list the skills that were learned or improved at camp and it was an amazing accomplishment for this seasoned group of adult gymnasts. Camp was abuzz with discussions about ‘next year…’ which means that this camp will have to be an annual event!
The Adult Gymnastics Staff for 2015 were:
Lara Weed, Allison Brisson, Ryleigh Osborn, Alexis Nault, Eileen Palazzolo, Cori Cunningham, Andrea Pye, Gina Paulhus and Dave Burchuk (physical therapy).
Atlantic Gymnastics, Portsmouth NH
Our Mentor and Inspiration for camp:
I am in the process of choosing video and photos to share. Look for a future post with more photos and video! And if you are interested in coming to next year’s camp, please contact me:
gina @ homeexercisecoach.com.