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Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez visits LA School of Gymnastics

Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez paid a visit to the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics this week! She is truly an inspiring, gifted, classy young woman. At just 16 years old, Laurie has already accomplished so much in her lifetime. Hernandez’s elite gymnastics career began in 2012 at the U.S. Classic. At the young age of just 12 years old, she placed 11th in the junior division. After that, she qualified for the National Championships in St. Louis.

In the summer of 2016, Laurie competed in the Women’s Qualification at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Hernandez scored a 15.200 on the vault, a 15.366 on the balance beam, and a 14.800 on the floor exercise. During these Olympics in Rio, the US team, better known as the Final Five, won the gold medal in the Team All Around. Hernandez also won the silver medal on the Balance Beam with a score of 15.333.

We were excited and truly honored that Laurie chose the LA School of Gymnastics to practice some of her Olympic Gold medal worthy routines.  Laurie even showed us some of her famous balance beam moves.

Now that the Olympics are over, Laurie has put on her dancing shoes. She is currently competing on Dancing with the Stars! With her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy she has done some exciting routines such as the Cha-Cha-Cha, Paso Doble, the Salsa, and so much more! She continues to wow us every week. Not only is she a great gymnast, she has proven to be a great dancer as well! She scored a perfect 30 with her Jazz routine to Michael Jackson’s “The Way you make me feel”. Her bubbly personality and raw talent is such a joy to watch. From the Olympics to the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ stage, Laurie is showing the world that she is unstoppable!

Laurie is truly an inspiration and a great role model for all young people out there with a dream! Keep striving for excellence Laurie!

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Congratulations Coach Stephan and his Level 5 Team

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Congratulations Coach Stephan and his Level 5 Team

Congratulations to Coach Stephan and his level 5 team for winning 3rd place at the 2016 All Conference 1st Prelim. Keep up the great work! We are so proud of our students who get out there and do their best in competitions. We are also proud of all of our coaches who dedicate their time to teaching children the art of gymnastics. Coach Stephan has been at the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics for 10 years now and his dedication to the school and his students is unparalleled. As a former member of the USSR Junior and Armenian National Team, Coach Stepan knows a thing or two about competitions! We love that Coach Stepan is able to pass down his passion and knowledge of gymnastics to future generations.      ...

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Holiday Treats and Recipes

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Holiday Treats and Recipes

Everyone knows that food, holidays, and family go great together. The perfect activity for you and your kids this holiday season is cooking! Getting your kids in the kitchen is the perfect way to bring the family together during the holidays. Kids love to create things so why not use their creativity to see what holiday fun you can think up together. Decorating cookies and cupcakes are always a great way to show your creativity while also making some yummy treats. Another great ideas is making some yummy holiday kabobs with your children. Let their imagination run wild and see where it can take them. Gather a bunch of different fun ingredients and see what fun holiday characters you can create with yummy snacks like bananas, donuts, marshmallows, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, chocolate and anything else you can dream up… the sky’s the limit! Search the internet, or watch the Food Network, for different recipes and ideas that will get your creative juices flowing. Pinterest is a great resource for giving you great ideas in the kitchen. Your kids will love helping you clean the fruit, gather the materials, and measure the ingredients. Measuring and counting ingredients is a great way to kelp your child learn while also having fun. It’s time to put down the electronics and spend some quality time together as a family. Take lots of pictures of your creations and cherish the moments!             Oreo Cookie Hat Recipe  1 Lb Strawberries, Tops Removed 12 Oreo Cookies (I used the Winter ones) ½ Cup Butter, Softened 1 Tablespoon Whole Milk 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract 2 Cups Powdered Sugar Wash strawberries and remove the hulls. Place on paper towels to dry. Freeze strawberries for 30 minutes or until firm. In a medium bowl, cream butter. Stir in milk. Gradually add powdered sugar a little at a time until you reach your desired consistency. Pipe frosting into a circle on the top of the Oreo to make the strawberry sticky and to resemble the fur ring. Press strawberry into piped frosting large end down. Pipe a dot on top of the strawberry to resemble the hat’s fluff ball.    ...

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Olympic Bronze Medalist Anna Riziditnova will compete at LA Lights 2017

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Olympic Bronze Medalist Anna Riziditnova will compete at LA Lights 2017

We are thrilled and honored to announce that Olympic Bronze Medalist (Team Ukraine) and global rhythmic gymnastics mega star Anna Riziditnova is confirmed to participate in our upcoming LA Lights Tournament. Anna is a highly accomplished, 23 year old professional gymnast. Anna began her gymnastics training in Simferopol and was coached by her mother Oksana Rizatdinova. She won the silver all-around medal at the 2008 Kiev Junior World Cup at the age of 15. Anna is a great gymnast and at such a young age she has accomplished so much already. She won the 2016 Olympic bronze medal in Rio this past summer in the all-around event. She is also a two-time world medalist, having won the silver in 2013 and bronze in 2014. Anna is also a two-time European bronze medalist, having won in 2014 and 2016. Anna’s first competition in 2015 was at the L.A. Lights Tournament where she won the all-around gold medal. It will be such a joy to watch Anna compete again at the 2017 LA Lights Tournament. Anna will be one of many professional gymnasts to partake in the 2017 LA Lights Tournament of Champions. The Los Angeles School of Gymnastics is excited to present the annual LA Lights Tournament of Champions in January. LA Lights is one of the most important rhythmic gymnastics competitions in the world. At LA Lights is a celebration of the greatest female rhythmic gymnasts in the world. Led by Alla Svirsky, the Executive Director of the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics, and championed by Tanya Berenson, General Manager, the event will highlight world-class gymnasts. The Los Angeles School of Gymnastics has been preparing for this annual event all year long and we are certain it will be another epic turnout. Get ready to see so many beautiful artists display their raw talent and undeniable athleticism....

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Don’t let this Winter Break go to Waste

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Don’t let this Winter Break go to Waste

Winter break is coming up fast and your children will be out of school for two whole weeks. You’re probably wondering what they’re going to be up to. If you enroll them in a Winter Break Gymnastics Camp, they will keep busy while also learning a fun, new skill. At Winter Break Gymnastics Camp they will learn discipline, fitness skills and begin their journey to the Olympics! Even more, they will get a chance to meet other athletes who might become their friends for the rest of their lives. Winter Break camp at LA School of Gymnastics will help keep them occupied and entertained and it will provide an opportunity for your child to learn and grow. In addition to gymnastics camp, here are some other winter break ideas and activities for you and your children to explore: Assign a book for your children to read, or read a book in tandem with your child. This provides the opportunity to learn, become a better writer and stay sharp while they’re away from school. Put your kids to work in the kitchen! Give your children their first cooking lessons! They will have fun learning and eating. The most important lesson to learn while cooking is safety. Teach them how to turn off the stove and other electronics—it’s better to teach your kids about kitchen safety at an early age. Go no-tech and do some arts and crafts. You can cut out snowflakes from decorative paper, you can make a winter terrarium with plants such as succulents or you can make snow globes. Stimulate your child’s creativity and have some fun! Charitable causes are ideal activities to participate in during all times of the year, including winter break. This is a great time to find a cause that your children can become involved with for the rest of their lives. Clean out your closet and donate your clothes and other personal items to a charitable cause. Hit the slopes! If your children don’t know how to ski or snowboard, or are only acquainted with one of the two, this is the time to learn. Don’t let Winter Break fly by without creating great memories for your child! With gymnastics camp here at LA School of Gymnastics, along with all the other fun activities, this could be the best Winter Break ever! Click here to sign up...

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Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez visits LA School of Gymnastics

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez visits LA School of Gymnastics

Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez paid a visit to the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics this week! She is truly an inspiring, gifted, classy young woman. At just 16 years old, Laurie has already accomplished so much in her lifetime. Hernandez’s elite gymnastics career began in 2012 at the U.S. Classic. At the young age of just 12 years old, she placed 11th in the junior division. After that, she qualified for the National Championships in St. Louis. In the summer of 2016, Laurie competed in the Women’s Qualification at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Hernandez scored a 15.200 on the vault, a 15.366 on the balance beam, and a 14.800 on the floor exercise. During these Olympics in Rio, the US team, better known as the Final Five, won the gold medal in the Team All Around. Hernandez also won the silver medal on the Balance Beam with a score of 15.333. We were excited and truly honored that Laurie chose the LA School of Gymnastics to practice some of her Olympic Gold medal worthy routines.  Laurie even showed us some of her famous balance beam moves. Now that the Olympics are over, Laurie has put on her dancing shoes. She is currently competing on Dancing with the Stars! With her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy she has done some exciting routines such as the Cha-Cha-Cha, Paso Doble, the Salsa, and so much more! She continues to wow us every week. Not only is she a great gymnast, she has proven to be a great dancer as well! She scored a perfect 30 with her Jazz routine to Michael Jackson’s “The Way you make me feel”. Her bubbly personality and raw talent is such a joy to watch. From the Olympics to the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ stage, Laurie is showing the world that she is unstoppable! Laurie is truly an inspiration and a great role model for all young people out there with a dream! Keep striving for excellence Laurie!  ...

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A Mother’s Complete Guide to Halloween Safety

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, child pedestrian accidents increase by 4x on Halloween. Here are a few tips for Halloween Safety from Coupon Chief.com Mother’s Street-Savvy Safety Talk with the Children Use the Crosswalk Since 70% of Halloween pedestrian accidents occur outside of a crosswalk or crossing intersection, you’ll avoid much of the risk by crossing only in designated places. Use your street-crossing skills by looking left, right, then back to the left before stepping into the roadway. Put Your Phone Away If ever there was a poor time to be out for a walk with your eyes focused on a smartphone screen, Halloween is it. Be hyper-vigilant, avoid distractions of all kinds, and be aware of your surroundings. Stay safe! Plan Your Route Not only can you get to more houses and better-stocked houses by planning ahead, you can avoid areas where the sidewalks are in poor condition or non-existent, you can choose well-lit areas, you can minimize street crossings, you can avoid crossing or walking near railroad tracks, and you won’t have to worry about getting disoriented, then ending up in an area that’s spooky even when it isn’t Halloween. Make Eye Contact with Drivers Never assume the person driving that 2-ton machine sees you and is yielding the right-of-way to you. Look squarely at the person behind the wheel. You should see them looking back at you and maybe even motioning you to go ahead and cross. Never assume a car is stopping for you. Many won’t. They expect you to stop for them. Walk, Don’t Run It’s easy to get carried away with all the Halloween fun and start chasing one another down the street. Many pedestrian accidents on Halloween occur because a child darted out into the road from between parked cars. Even if your friends start acting wild, you don’t have to go along with them. Smart kids stay vigilant and get home safely. When Running IS Appropriate Should a driver stop and ask you to get in the car or someone on the street try to get you to go somewhere with them, that’s the time to run. Use the “No, Go, Yell, Tell” technique: Yell “NO!” and run away to a safe place (maybe to the friendly house you just left). Keep yelling as you run, and tell an adult immediately. Check out Couponchief.com to learn more about Mother’s Special Advice: Hang with People You Can Count On How to Select the Best Costume for Halloween Preparing Your Own Home for Halloween Checking the Halloween Candy and Additional Tips  ...

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Commercial Opportunity for Parkour Gymnasts

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Hey Parkour Gymnasts! Check out this opportunity to be in a Commercial! Click the link for more information parkour-commercial...

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Los Angeles School of Gymnastics Fashion

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Los Angeles School of Gymnastics Fashion

Fashion is very important for gymnasts! Not only does the right outfit have to fit and feel good, it also has to look good! There are lots of things to consider when trying to find the right gymnastics outfit: the fabric, the style, the design, the fit, the measurements, the cut and much more! Most importantly, you have to feel good in the outfit you are wearing because it will give you the confidence to strut and be fabulous while you are out there demonstrating your greatness. First you must determine the right fit for your leotard. For training leotards, you can get one with a little more wiggle room but competition leotards should be snug and perfectly designed for your body. Make sure that competition leotards aren’t too restrictive, you want to be able to move freely when you are doing your routine. Another thing to consider when choosing leotards are the sleeves. There are three types of sleeve options for leotards: long sleeve, three-quarter length sleeves, and sleeveless. Make sure you choose the perfect option for your gymnast and don’t forget to take into consideration the weather and the comfort of the sleeve style. Another thing to consider is the style of the Leotard back. Some options are cami-straps, key-hole, wide-open, or racer. When picking a leotard it is important to look at the back so that you can determine the correct undergarments to wear. The backing also gives the young gymnast great style options and the opportunity for stylistic expression. Another thing to consider when choosing a Leotard is the fabric. Metallic, lycra, nylon and velvet are some of the fabric options for leotards. Each of these different fabrics have there pros and cons and it is important to get a feel for which fabric works best for your little gymnast and which one won’t be too itchy. Lastly, make sure you get all the right measurements: chest, waist, hip, inseam, and girth! These parts of the body need to fit perfectly into the leotard so that the leotard moves with the gymnast and also looks good. Unitards are great option for boys and younger girls. We offer plenty of leotard styles at the Los Angeles School for Gymnastics. Our leotards are a perfect option for your young gymnast! We also have plenty of other attire such as sweaters, t shirts, unitards, and shorts for everyday wear. We love our little gymnasts!    ...

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Get to Know our Fantastic Coaches

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Get to Know our Fantastic Coaches

With great coaching, motivation, and the right facility that fosters growth, a child can achieve great things…especially in gymnastics. Here at the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics, we strive for excellence… that is why the heart of our organization lies within our amazing, highly professional coaches. Their extreme dedication and passion for the sport is shown through their amazing work ethic. Our coaches have a combined 120 years of experience and are 100 percent devoted to giving children the tools to master the art of gymnastics Our coaches hail from all around the world and their diversity and unique life experiences makes our organization like no other.  Some of the countries represented here at The Los Angeles School of Gymnastics are Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Bulgaria, Chile, the Bahamas, Canada, China, Germany, United Arab Emirates, and the USA.  This diversity allows our students to gain exposure to coaches who have trained all around the world. In addition to diversity, the children here are coached by professionals who have received high accolades from the gymnastics community. Many of our coaches have either participated in the Olympics themselves or have trained Olympic gymnasts. Yefim Furman (Ukraine), who is our Director of Cheer tumbling, has participated in multiple Olympic games and even took home the Silver at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. Our Rhythmic Elite Coach, Elena Bokova (Russia), a highly successful gymnast, has won medals at various national and international competitions in rhythmic gymnastics.  All of our coaches are certified, highly educated, and professionally trained. Our goal is to work with the best in order to produce the best results and our team of professionals do not disappoint. Your child is in good hands here at The Los Angeles School of Gymnastics. We encourage you to read more about all of the many accomplishments that our coaches have achieved on our website Gymnastics is Life...

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