If you are thinking about coming to adult gymnastics camp, you must really love gymnastics! And that's truly all you need to be a great candidate for camp.
Here are some common reasons people think they can't go to camp, and why they simply aren't true!
Reason #1: I can't get time off from work or time away from home!
Why it's not true: You have plenty of time to plan! You would make the time to attend a wedding or other important event. Your own recreation, fitness and social time as an adult is just as important. Camp runs for a 48 hour period from start to end. If you simply cannot make part of camp, no problem! Just join in the sessions that you are able to.
Reason #2: I don't have the money!
Why it's not true: If you save just $10 or 20 per week up until camp, you should have plenty of money in time ($225, or $175 if you come with a 'team' of 3 or more) plus extra money for the hotel if you need a place to stay. If you share a room with someone, that will bring the hotel fee down. We can help buddy you up and you might also be able to stay with a local camper free or charge! Also, while it's super fun to eat out with everyone (we are striving to choose lower cost establishments when possible), there are also plenty of inexpensive food options nearby including a grocery store all within walking distance of the hotels. If you are a coach or yoga or dance instructor you can offer to work part of camp to reduce or eliminate your camp tuition. Payment plans are also available. Just ask! Also, if you think of the average cost of a vacation or weekend getaway with all the entertainment costs and lots of eating/drinking/tickets/admissions, this camp is a bargain.Need transportation from Boston to Portsmouth? This bus line that is fairly inexpensive: $46 round trip from Logan Airport to Portsmouth and back. It's an 1hr and 25min trip and they have a new one departing every hour. Here is the link to the bus line!
Reason #3: I won't have anyone to go with!
Why it's not true: First, ask anyone you can think of. You might be surprised that they would go if they only knew about it and had someone to go with. Even if you have to come alone, adult gymnasts will all become instant friends because we all share the love of gymnastics in common. We make a point to meet each other before camp starts so that you already feel at home right away. Also, if you are a member of our Facebook group, you can 'get to know' the other participants ahead of time. For our Facebook group, see the link at the bottom of this page.
Reason #4: I am not good enough for camp! I will embarrass myself.
Why it's not true: This camp is for all levels, from never-done-gymnastics-before beginner up through the highest levels of the sport. Adult gymnasts are all very supportive of each other and encouraging. People get just as much support when trying their first forward roll as they do their first double back. It is encouraged to adapt what skills you spend time on and there will be separate groups based on level. If you need to take a break, take one! No big deal. We will have a beginner, intermediate, and advanced group during camp.
Reason #5: I am not in good enough shape to survive a 3 day camp!
Why it's not true: Camp will be 'at your own pace.' Sitting out and watching is always an option and you will learn plenty just by observing and learning from watching others. The first day will be a lighter day. The middle day has one open gym session that can easily be skipped without missing much. We are all adult gymnasts so the schedule will be planned to allow us all to survive the weekend! The intensity level will be lower than in a typical adult 'class' where you are trying to cram everything into one hour! Many people are coming to camp primarily to have FUN and meet other gymnasts. No one will push you beyond your capacity. There is also a ton of opportunity to learn more to take home to your practices even if you are more in watching mode than doing mode.
Reason #6: I'm not feeling the whole leotard thing!
Why it's not true: Leotards not required! As long as your clothing will not get caught in the equipment or while you are being spotted, you can wear anything you like.
Reason #7: I will be the oldest person there.
Why it's not true: I suppose technically you could be. However, the average age of campers is about 35, and the age ranges from 20s to 60s. We would love for anyone of any age to come, and we would love for you to be the new oldest-camper record holder!
Reason #8: I am injured so I should wait until I am healed.
Why it's not true: We have many folks who come and just participate in one or two events. You may do double time on those events, or simply use the extra time to watch and learn. We have an athletic trainer who also provides treatments, and she is amazing and might even be able to assist you in your healing process. As we all know, injury can happen at any time, and some injuries heal surprisingly fast while others take longer than expected. Rather than trying to time camp around whether or not you're injured, we suggest coming anyway, and making the best of it. Our tumbltrak, pit, trampoline, etc. can all help when you are injured and still want to flip. You are welcome to use any training aids in the gym that work for your needs.
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