We had SO much fun at winter camp 2020! 51 athletes came together in Portsmouth NH from across the U.S. and Canada for an unbeatable adult gymnastics experience. We had a whole slew of athletes from Florida...but really, what were they thinking?! I guess the gymnastics was worth battling the cold!
Whether a gymnast's main goal was to learn new skills, improve old ones, have tons of fun, re-connect with old friends or meet new like-minded people -- all of that and more happened at this camp!
This was our 10th camp. While we had many returning athletes, there were also plenty of newcomers who were experiencing this three-day weekend extravaganza for the first time. This camp also featured a special surprise - Wendy Bruce Martin coached and also provided us with some invaluable mental training clinics that proved very useful to many of the athletes.
We rose to the Chellsie Challenge!
For the first time this year, Chellsie Memmel invited us to take part in her Chellsie Challenge! She sent a video for us to try for conditioning and posted the results on her Instagram.
Camp featured training on the four women's artistic events, plus TumblTrak and mental training rotations. We warmed up as a group a little bit differently each day before splitting up into our training groups by level for the events. Beginner, intermediate and advanced groups were offered.
There were some entertaining games yielding prizes that were sprinkled in throughout the training sessions. The handstand contest resulted in a lovely Magnificant 7 book being won by a phenomenal handstander, Rebecca! The beam forts game has also a hit (youngest versus oldest teams!)
Camp started on Saturday January 25 and ran through Monday January 27. Each day offered several hours of gymnastics training, plus the opportunity for attending meals with other campers. We even had a watch party where we got to see the best NCAA teams battle it out in an exciting quad meet.
Daniel Frazier, a Certified Dietician and Specialist in Gut Health, conducted a very informative clinic to help adult gymnastics get the most our of their training (and their regular lives!) by focusing on good nutrition.
We also had an open gym session that included plenty of coaching on specific goals as well as a couple of mini clinics (Handstand Basics and Conditioning for Success) conducted by Personal Trainer and Camp Director Gina Paulhus. Click through those links for the notes from the clinic.
While attendance at every session is optional, most chose to partake in just about everything camp had to offer! We had enough coaches on hand to make sure that each and every camper got their individual needs taken care of.
As always, our Athletic Trainer Meghan Mello was on hand to assist with any injury concerns. She provides acute care as well as treatments for chronic injuries at camp. Meghan has been at every since camp we have had since the beginning, and she is an incredible adult gymnast herself!
Ally – Persistence
Alycia – Majestic Front Layout
Andrea – Back Walkover Beauty
Bean – Bean the Beam Queen
Besty – Meteroic Beam Worker
Brittany – Straightest Arms on Bars
Cara – Super Tsuker
Catherine – Front Tuck Savant
Chelsea – Rises to the Chellsie Challenge
Christine – Connection Bonus
Corrine – Ignite the Fire (Best Cheerleader)
Dan – Most Beautiful Gymnastics
Danielle – Prettiest Lines
Deda – Simone Award (Most Improved Vault)
Degas – Courage
Dominec – Quickest
Elyse – Gorgeous Glides
Freda – Flyaway High
Helen – White Out (Best Applier of Corrections)
Jason – Open Ended (Most Willing to Try New Things)
Jennifer – Highest Front Tuck
Jennie – Beam Back Handspring Beast
Jesse – Bad Ass Aeriels
Jocelyn – Gliding Queen
Joey – Fastest Pit Exit
Kellie – College Spirit
Kelsey – Most Upbeat
Kendall – Beyond Comfort Zone
Kerstin – Coach’s Award
Lily – Quickest Learner
Linda – Most Disciplined Gymnastics
Lori – Clearly Has a Clear Hip
Mary – Speedy Gonzalez
Meghan – Team Player
Melissa – Bad Ass Grit
Nicole – Keeps it Fun
Olivia – Best Layout Shape
Rebecca – Closing Out the Bars
Sherrie – Bounce Handstand Queen
Stefane – The All Arounder
Stephanie – Nastia Kip
Tiffany – On Tap Bars
Tracey R. – Best Handstand Shape
Tracy G – Brand New Straight Arm Back Extension
A Great Big Thank You to each and every one who made the trip to Atlantic Gymnastics to participate in this weekend. You and what you bring individually to camp are what make it special! We also want to thank Atlantic for accommodating us.