Everyone should learn a Cartwheel!


Here are the top reasons why everyone should learn a Cartwheel!

♥ Learning new things are AWESOME!

♥ Cartwheels for children promote reading readiness and better communication skills. Studies have shown that children who participate in organized programs such as gymnastics classes have longer attention spans and better problem-solving skills than those who did not.

♥ Gymnastics tends to increase self-esteem and self-confidence, and improve social skills.

♥ The cartwheels dramatic movement of our body is also thought to be responsible for improving: flow of the lymphatic system (disease prevention), cardiovascular circulation, and digestion.

♥ Improved muscle strength: arms (biceps and triceps), shoulders (deltoid), core (abdominals), legs (quadriceps and hamstrings), and overall flexibility.

♥ Improved balance.

♥ Improved proprioception (spatial awareness).

♥ Improved coordination.

♥ Reduces stress.

Cartwheels for adults just happen to be good exercise. They work your core muscles in ways that are hard to simulate. Blood rushes to your head, they make you feel free, young, and always result in a BIG SMILE!




What to expect?
Who knows?
Every gym is different!
Every kid is different!

But what I think every mom or dad is thinking…

The scene is set in the car:

I am probably more excited than she is right now to take her first gymnastics class!
Hurry up traffic I need to get there fast because WE cannot wait! So many questions to be answered! Will she like it? Will she have the best teacher in the gym? Will she cooperate and follow all the instructions? Will she be good enough? Can she keep up? Will she like the other girls? Will she be the STAR? Is this her calling? Can she make it to the OLYMPICS?
OK back to reality- I have to find a parking spot!
Yikes! Whaooooo busy……
The parking lot is crazy with lots of other moms trying to find a spot and COME ON I’m Trying SOOOOOO not to be late!
Found the spot, got her out of the car and Oh no- I just dropped the snacks and the water bottle in the street and its rolling all over the place!
OK got it together…got the kid, the leotard, hair brush and stuff and YES the snacks!
The lobby is packed with loud children bursting with atomic energy!
Everyone has to pee at the same time Oh my! Good luck to us! How do we do this fast and without getting this leotard all wet?
Ok now where do we go?
Take shoes and socks off- put in a cubby- put hair in ponytail.
Where’s the teacher?
Wow these kids need to burn some energy!
Whew- OK- its time- here come the coaches and they call out the 4:00 class!
Yes now I get to sit down and enjoy!
Oh gosh. What the heck? What are these moms talking about? Why is this little kid racing his little car up and down the bleachers? Why is the other little boy banging on the cubbies so loud? Is this mom in front of me really talking on her cell phone right now? Oh great, now the big tall guy is sitting in front of me!

Stay tuned for: Episode 2
“And she’s out to class!”

A Recipe for finding the perfect Coach


Every gymnastics school and program in our world is very different. Does your program have a culture, a purpose and mandatory certifications?
What qualifies a teacher to be picked by you?

Here’s a little recipe I whipped up. I am always searching for the perfect recipe!
I personally always add extra love, some hugs and lots of pictures (everyone does it differently) ….. Would love to hear from you and your own yummy recipe!

Motivating and enthusiastic coach
Proper training
Role model
A smile every class
Ability to look the parent in the eyes
Sandwich approach to teaching
Capable of thinking ahead
Approachable to conversation

Mix in:
A child who is eager, respectful, and prepared for the class. Combine all ingredients with trust and communication. Expect some days to be more exciting than others. Learning takes time, having fun is instant. Don’t interfere in the process unless the recipe is not mixing well over time.

Serve with:
Great grades in school
Happy, confident kids with high self esteem
A team player capable to work with others
Strong mind and body
Love for hard work
Goal setter
Motivation to be better
Coachable human being

and most important:

Unconditional support from parents!

Guaranteed to be a Delightful and Satisfying Experience!

Please feel free to send me your recipes!


The Benefits of Gymnastics Movement in the Development of Young Children

Parents of growing children often ask themselves, “Why it is so difficult for our kids to sit still?” It’s no secret kids have an abundance of energy. What most parents don’t know understand, is how this natural energy abundance can be used to enhance development mentally and socially.

Think about this: parents go to the gym three or more times per week while children often take a gym class once a week. It is equally as important that our children move their bodies every day, especially in crucial times of development. Increased movement and physical activity is positively correlated with increased attention span and a higher level of learning.

During childhood, the brain is laying down neural pathways. Movement and exercise increases the amount of neural connections. This aids in memory and learning. It has been documented that stimulating the vestibular (inner ear) and cerebellar (motor activity) system through movement activities (spinning, crawling, rolling, jumping, bending, etc.) can result in “significant gains in attention and reading.” (Jenson,2005,62)

Proper development of a child’s vestibular system is very important to their achievement in all areas of life. In our current culture, children are in a prolonged upright position, with less time to play and move during the day.

A recent article from The Washington Post highlights many reasons why increased movement in children is so important for development. The article points out that, “over the past decade, more and more children are being coded as having attention issues and possibly ADHA. … Ironically, many children are walking around with an underdeveloped vestibular system due to restricted movement. … In order for children to learn, they need to be able to pay attention. In order to pay attention, we need to let them move.” Gymnastics integrates movement and the vestibular system, which supports visual and socio-kinesthetic interaction and modeling. This stimulation leads to increases in academic and social achievement. This is exactly the reason why gymnastics is a great basic sport for children. It is a fantastic foundation for learning and achievement as well as other sports as well.

Following are a few examples of specific developmental skills learned and refined through gymnastics:

Gross Motor Skills:

  • Jumping
  • Hopping
  • Skipping
  • Galloping
  • Leaping

Motor Fitness components:

  • Muscular endurance
  • Contralateral coordination
  • Cardiovascular endurance
  • Strength and Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Special awareness
  • Agility

Social Development:

  • Working with a partner and in a group (teamwork)
  • Sharing
  • Taking turns
  • Listening to their teacher
  • Independent focus
  • Concentrating on a skill
  • Mastery through repetition
  • Sharing

We are proud to offer a program with such rich benefits for your child and applaud your decision to enroll your child in our gymnastics program. You are giving your child the gift of healthy development and a great foundation for achievement in all aspects of life. If you have additional questions about the benefit of gymnastics and brain development never hesitate to ask. I can be reached at lisa @ bayaerials.com.

9 Reasons to Smile

Bay Aerials Gymnastics - PreSchool ClassesEvery morning when you wake up you have choices before your feet even hit the floor! Here’s one I simple choice I choose every day – smiling!

Smiling makes us attractive-we are drawn to people who smile.

Smiling relieves stress-stress can really show up in our faces.

Smiling changes our mood-smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.

Smiling is contagious-when someone is smiling they light up a room.

Smiling boosts your immune system-immune function improves possibly because you are relaxed.

Smiling lowers your blood pressure-check your own pressure with a big smile-you will see a reduction!

Smiling releases endorphins, natural painkillers and serotonin-together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a natural drug.

Smiling lifts the face and makes you look younger- the muscles we use to smile make a person appear younger.

Smiling helps you stay positive- when we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that “life is Good!’

As we say at Bay Aerials – Bring a Smile and Bare Feet. Keep Smiling, Keep Loving Life.