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The common question: What can I practice at home?

Friday, November 14th, 2014

1926713_10152000197626693_1488242920_nIf you are a parent of a recreational gymnast, or a young gymnast yourself, you’ve probably thought about these questions a time or two: What can I practice at home and what can I do to improve? As a coach, I often hear this from parents and students. If you are like most gymnasts, you only get to come into the gym for an hour or two a week, the luckier ones, maybe three to four. But this never seems to be enough! One hour in the gym flies by and each kid is always wanting more, more, more. So, let’s talk. What can you and your talented little gymnast work on at home? Whether her goal is to qualify for Team, or he just wants to nail a handstand, the following describes elements a gymnast can practice in the home.
First, safety is always the number one concern. While it is understood that the house is not a great place for gymnastics, there are still several activities that can be practiced that will greatly improve skills in the gym! If these skills can be improved, students will excel in class and get more out of that limited hour.
Flexibility
Stretching increases range of motion, helps prevent injury, and allows for long beautiful lines when performing. Being flexible is also important for movements such as handstands and bridges. Practicing the splits and scales are two crucial movements. Being flexible enough to do the splits on the floor will help “shape” leaps and jumps. Be sure your gymnast is stretching not only the legs, but also the upper body. Equally important to stretch are the joints and tendons in wrists and ankles. Stretching these areas helps prevent strains.10702026_799205243463499_1203045947382586836_n

Strength
Gymnastics requires more strength than most sports. Growing children shouldn’t be using heavy weights, so body exercises and resistance exercises are great for at home! Practicing push-ups the proper way, even just one, is an important exercise to achieve. Sit-ups and hollow holds are also good core exercises. Improving strength at home will improve students’ self-esteem because they will be faster, stronger, and more confident during warm-up all the way through to conditioning!

Balance
Simple things such as standing and balancing on one foot in passe or coupe helps develop better balance in many situations, but most importantly on the beam. Two other great balancing skills to practice are arabesques and scales. Trying to hold each of these positions on the floor for 10-20 seconds apiece will help tremendously when attempting them on the beam. Another fun practice is to find a line in your home, such as a seam in the floor, and practice different walks and turns back and forth.

Jumps and Stick It
Many gymnastic dismounts end with a “stick it” landing. It is important to begin developing this landing as early as pre-rec classes. Jumps and stick it landings can be practiced safely at home when standing in place in a large open room. Have your gymnast standing in place and practice jumping upward and “sticking” the landing. This also helps develop core strength and more balance awareness.

Simple movements
Movements such as bridges and spider-man handstands can safely be practiced at home, with parental discretion and watchful eyes! At home, bridges should be practiced in an open area, and should always start from the floor. A handstand is an important skill to develop and at home, can be performed against a wall. Begin by placing the back against the wall and then bend at the waist until the hands are on the ground. Then begin walking the feet up the wall. While in this position, think about tightening every muscle and “pulling” the feet to the ceiling. Performing spider-man handstands helps build upper body strength and will also strengthen wrists for normal handstands!

It is important to remind your growing gymnast that not everything we practice at the gym is safe to do at home. Couches and beds may look like perfect tumbling mats, but often they can cause subtle to serious injuries! We all want to practice more and we can! Just remember to be smart, be safe, and as always, ask mom and dad first!

Youth Strength and Conditioning classes

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Great groupDid you know The CAVE offers Youth Strength and Conditioning classes?The idea behind the YSC program is to combine fitness with fun and to help kids grow up healthy, strong and develop a lifelong love of working out. These classes are offered in the CrossFit area and are a great way to introduce your child to fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

We currently offer four classes for ages 11+:
Monday @ 5pm with Coach Patrick
Tuesday @ 3:30pm with Coach Dana
Wednesday @ 5pm with Coach Patrick
Thursday @ 3:30pm with Coach Dana

Kids can enroll in classes and pay by how many classes per week they plan on attending. See below pricing:
One class per week is $90 per month.
Two classes per week is $155 per month.
Three classes per week is $200 per month.
Four classes per week is $220 per month.
Drop-in $25
25% family discounts do apply for enrolled classes, not drop-ins. Class size is limited to 8 kids, and drop-ins will still be allowed if there are open spaces. Enrollment is easy — please either call the office (415) 927.1630 or e-mail me the details at Dana@inthecave.com.
By formally enrolling in a class, the coach can better predict the number of kids attending and therefore, provide the best experience possible. In addition, this commitment allows us to set goals for each individual child and progress toward them, which not only helps keep the children motivated to attend, but increases self-confidence when the goals are achieved.
YSC workouts are functional and natural, and correlate directly to your child’s physical needs in daily life, recreation and sport. Our experienced coaches are incredibly skilled at conveying the importance of lifelong health and fitness in a way that is meaningful and relevant to your child.
Your child doesn’t have to be an athlete to participate. Our training provides an atmosphere that is challenging, motivating and builds confidence. If your child is already athletic, we can help them become a well rounded athlete, excel in their current sport, and stay fit during the off season.
Classes are 55 minutes long and consist of a warm up, skill work, metabolic conditioning and stretching. Throughout class, we’ll talk about healthy eating and lifestyle habits. The importance and the benefit of the movements being taught, and how the children can apply them to their daily lives is greatly emphasized.
We’re excited about this program growing and look forward to working further with the youth in our community!
Class size is limited to 8, so sign up quickly!

This Week in The Cave

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

experimentnight_webPlease note that The Cave will be CLOSED on FRIDAY, JULY 4TH. All classes (*EXCEPT CrossFit at 9am and 10am) are cancelled for that day. The Cave will be OPEN for all regularly scheduled classes (in all disciplines) on Thursday, 7/3,  Saturday, 7/5, and Sunday, 7/6. If you have any questions regarding holiday hours, please contact Amy at amy.d@inthecave.com.

Kids Night Out!
The time has come to take the night off and drop your children off with us at The Cave!  Next Saturday, June 28th from 5:30-10:00PM is the night you have all been waiting for - Kid’s Night Out, Experiment Night!
Click here to register

Help send Bill and Amanda to the Games! We’ve started  a crowdfunding campaign to help send Bill and his coachAmanda_BillAmanda to the CrossFit Games in July. Please donate by going here: http://www.gofundme.com/aau608 Thank you so much!

Summer Camps

Have you made summer plans for your kids yet?  The Cave’s summer camps are perfect for any age and any level!  Our coaches will challenge your child at her level while making sure they are safe and having fun.

If you like the idea of keeping the kids healthily active during the summer (while giving parents a few hours break),  check out our Summer Camp schedule below!  Then be sure to register NOW as these classes fill up FAST!

Team Gymnastics:  June 30-July 3 (This training camp is for Level 3+.) Gymnastics:  July 28- August 1
Youth Camp:  August 4-8 Gymnastics:  August 11-15 Parkour:  August 18-22 REGISTER ON-LINE OR CALL (415)927-1630.

Challenge WOD
Challenge WOD #5 was announced yesterday, read about it here, so get it done by next Sunday! Want to know more about Challenge WOD? Check this out!

Changes to CrossFit programming:
Bo announced this week some exciting changes to our CrossFit programming!  We now offer 2 parallel tracks during classes: Fitness and Performance.  Read all about it here!

CrossFit Trainer’s Gymnastics Seminar

amanda_muSpend 3 hours with Roger Harrell, founder of the CrossFit Gymnastics Certification program, learning how to properly teach gymnastics fundamentals in a CrossFit program. Detailed progressions will be covered. Key safety concerns will be addressed specifically geared toward teaching gymnastics movements to adults.

SAugust 9, 2014 01:00PM to 4:00PM

Member cost: $70.00
Non-member cost: $75.00

To register, use the “Register” link to sign up for just this seminar.  This seminar is limited to 20 participants, so sign up early to ensure a spot. The price listed above will hold up until 10 days prior to the event (July 31) at which time the event cost will increase to $90.

This seminar is coupled with the Athlete’s Gymnastics Seminar. Member’s cost for both Trainer’s and Athlete’s seminars is $90, non-member cost is $100.  Call (415) 250-9710 to sign up for BOTH seminars and receive the special pricing.

CrossFit Athlete’s Gymnastics Seminar
Spend 3 hours with Roger Harrell, founder of the CrossFit Gymnastics Certification program, learning gymnastics movements. This seminar is focused on proper and efficient execution of key gymnastics elements.  Get started or improve your technique on a variety of movements. Learn how these skills truly break down to work toward mastery. Floor, rings and parallettes will be covered in detail with an introduction to other gymnastics apparatus.  Learn some key techniques to dramatically improve your efficiency and enable performance of skills you thought unattainable.

August 9, 2014 04:30PM - 7:30 PM

Member cost: $70.00

Non-member cost: $75.00

To register, use the “Register” link to sign up for just this seminar.  This seminar is limited to 20 participants so sign up early to ensure a spot. The price listed above will hold up until 10 days prior to the event (July 31) at which time the event cost will increase to $90.

This seminar is coupled with the Trainer’s Gymnastics Seminar. Member’s cost for both Athlete’s and Trainer’s seminars is $90, non-member cost is $100.  Call (415) 250-9710 to sign up for BOTH seminars and receive the special pricing.

This Week in The Cave

Monday, June 9th, 2014

campfire-night3_webKids Night Out

Forget about the babysitter and bring the kids to The Cave!  They’ll get exercise, have lots of fun and enjoy a healthy dinner.  This week’s theme is Campfire Night.   Register on-line or call (415) 927-1630.  $35 in advance or $45 at the door.

Summer Camps

Have you made summer plans for your kids yet?  The Cave’s summer camps are perfect for any age and any level!  Our coaches will challenge your child at her level while making sure they are safe and having fun.

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If you like the idea of keeping the kids healthily active during the summer (while giving parents a few hours break),  check out our Summer Camp schedule below!  Then be sure to register NOW as these classes fill up FAST!
Gymnastics:  June 16-20
Ninja:  June 23-27
Team Gymnastics:  June 30-July 3 (This training camp is for Level 3+.)
Gymnastics:  July 28- August 1
Youth Camp:  August 4-8
Gymnastics:  August 11-15
Parkour:  August 18-22

REGISTER ON-LINE OR CALL (415)927-1630.

Challenge WOD

Challenge WOD #4 was announced last night, read about it here, so get it done by this Sunday! The third challenge WOD is complete, great job to all those who participated. Want to know more about Challenge WOD? Check this out!

CrossFit Trainer’s Gymnastics Seminar

amanda_muSpend 3 hours with Roger Harrell, founder of the CrossFit Gymnastics Certification program, learning how to properly teach gymnastics fundamentals in a CrossFit program. Detailed progressions will be covered. Key safety concerns will be addressed specifically geared toward teaching gymnastics movements to adults.

SAugust 9, 2014 01:00PM to 4:00PM

Member cost: $70.00
Non-member cost: $75.00

To register, use the “Register” link to sign up for just this seminar.  This seminar is limited to 20 participants, so sign up early to ensure a spot. The price listed above will hold up until 10 days prior to the event (July 31) at which time the event cost will increase to $90.

This seminar is coupled with the Athlete’s Gymnastics Seminar. Member’s cost for both Trainer’s and Athlete’s seminars is $90, non-member cost is $100.  Call (415) 250-9710 to sign up for BOTH seminars and receive the special pricing.

CrossFit Athlete’s Gymnastics Seminar

Spend 3 hours with Roger Harrell, founder of the CrossFit Gymnastics Certification program, learning gymnastics movements. This seminar is focused on proper and efficient execution of key gymnastics elements.  Get started or improve your technique on a variety of movements. Learn how these skills truly break down to work toward mastery. Floor, rings and parallettes will be covered in detail with an introduction to other gymnastics apparatus.  Learn some key techniques to dramatically improve your efficiency and enable performance of skills you thought unattainable.

August 9, 2014 04:30PM - 7:30 PM

Member cost: $70.00

Non-member cost: $75.00

To register, use the “Register” link to sign up for just this seminar.  This seminar is limited to 20 participants so sign up early to ensure a spot. The price listed above will hold up until 10 days prior to the event (July 31) at which time the event cost will increase to $90.

This seminar is coupled with the Trainer’s Gymnastics Seminar. Member’s cost for both Athlete’s and Trainer’s seminars is $90, non-member cost is $100.  Call (415) 250-9710 to sign up for BOTH seminars and receive the special pricing.

What’s Happening This Week in The Cave?

Monday, May 19th, 2014

ATTENTION!! Please note that The Cave will be CLOSED on MONDAY, MAY 26TH, in observance of Memorial Day.  All classes are cancelled for that day, EXCEPT CrossFit 9 and 10 am classes.

The Cave will be OPEN for all regularly scheduled classes (in all disciplines) on Saturday 5/24Sunday 5/25, and Tuesday 5/27. If you have any questions regarding Memorial Day hours or any other hours at The Cave, please contact Amy at amy.d@inthecave.com.

cf-games-2014Reebok CrossFit Regionals

Did you know Amanda Norton qualified and is competing at the Reebok CrossFit Regionals?  She’ll be competing from May 30 - June 1.  Regionals is a great way to meet others in the CrossFit community, witness some spectacular performances, and even pick up the latest in WOD wear.  Grab your CAVE shirt and purchase your ticket to come and cheer on Amanda!   Click here for the schedule of events.

Challenge WOD

There are a lot of empty spaces on WOD #2 for Challenge WOD.   This is your last week to get it done, so what are you waiting for??  The second WOD was announced last week, which you can read about right here. Want to know more about Challenge WOD? Check this out!

Kids Night Out:

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Forget the baby sitter and bring the kids to The Cave for Kids Night Out!  They will have a great time playing water games, doing skill work with coaches, and having a healthy bbq dinner — everything a parent would want for their kids night out!  The next KNO is May 31, click here to register. Don’t forget to pack a towel!
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Summer Camps
If you like the idea of keeping the kids healthily active during the summer (while giving parents a few hours break),  check out our Summer Camp schedule below!  Then be sure to register NOW as these classes fill up FAST!

Summer Camps:


The Ride Home

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

As a coach, I see this all the time, and I too am guilty of this behavior with my own kids:   The need to immediately engage in a critique of our children’s athletic performances, however well-meaning.  After an event, we question and/or comment about our kids’ performances.   But, does this really help anything or anyone?

Below is a re-post of an article titled “The Ride Home”.  While it’s specifically about soccer games, the message is worth thinking about and can be applied to all the activities our children may participate in, whether it’s soccer, parkour, or gymnastics.

The Ride Home  by John O’Sullivan

One of the saddest things I had to do as a Director of Coaching for numerous soccer clubs was conduct exit interviews, meetings with players whom had decided to leave the club. Children quit sports for a litany of reasons, and my job was always to see what we could learn, so we could improve the experience for other children.

When I got these players alone, and asked them “what was your least favorite moment in sports?” I often got a very similar and sad answer: the ride home after the game.

It has always amazed me how a moment off the field can have such a detrimental effect on it, yet when we think about it, the toxicity of the ride home makes perfect sense.  Emotions are high, disappointment, frustration, and exhaustion are heightened for both player and parent, yet many parents choose this moment to confront their child about a play, criticize them for having a poor game, and chastise their child, their teammates, their coach, and their opponents.  There could not be a less teachable moment in your child’s sporting life than the ride home, yet it is often the moment that well intentioned parents decide to do all of their teaching.

One of the biggest problems on the ride home is that a simple question from you, often meant to encourage your own child, can be construed as an attack on a teammate or coach by your child.

As Bruce Brown states in his book Teaching Character Through Sport, “athletes do not need adults to question their actions, the actions of other players, or the coach’s decisions concerning strategy or playing time.”   A simple comment such as “Why does Jenny get all the shots?” may be meant to construe to your child that you think she is a good shooter who should also take shots, but is interpreted by your daughter that “Jenny is a ball hog!”  Questions such as “Why does Billy always play goalie” or “Why does your team always play zone?” can just as easily undermine the coach’s authority, and again cause confusion and uncertainty for your child.

Many children indicated to me that parental actions and conversations after games made them feel as though their value and worth in their parents’ eyes was tied to their athletic performance, and the wins and losses of their team.  Ask yourself whether you are quieter after a hard loss, or happier and more buoyant after a big win.  Do you tend to criticize and dissect your child’s performance after a loss, but overlook many of the same mistakes because he or she won?  If you see that you are doing this, even though your intentions may be well meaning, your child’s perceptions of your words and actions can be quite detrimental to their performance, and to your relationship.

One of the things that Coach Brown urges parents to be a source of confidence and comfort in situations such as when your child has played well in a loss, when your child has played poorly, and especially when your child has played very little or not at all.  Even then, it is critically important that you do not bring the game up for them, as uninvited conversations may cause resentment in children.  Give them the time and space to digest the game and recover physically and emotionally from a match. When your child is ready to bring the game up and talk about it, be a quiet and reflective listener, and make sure she can see the big picture and not just the outcome of a single event.  Help her work through the game, and facilitate her growth and education by guiding her toward her own answers. Kids learn a lot when they realize things such as “we had a bad week of practice and coach told us this was coming”  Most importantly says Brown, remember that your child always loves hearing you sincerely tell them “I love watching you play.”

The only exception to the above ‘Ride Home’ rule is when your child engages in behavior that you would not accept at home, such as spitting, cursing, assaulting an opponent, or disrespecting a coach or authority figure.  In these cases you should initiate the conversation, not as a parent to an athlete, but as a parent to a child.  Even then you must be careful and considerate of the emotions of the match, and choose your words wisely.  Deal with the issue, and then put it to bed; do not use it as a segue to a discussion of the entire game.

Not every child is the same, and some children may want to discuss the game on the way home. My advice is let them bring it up, and let them end the conversation. if you are unsure, ask your kids whether they want to talk about the game, and honor their feelings and their position on this issue. There is nothing, aside from the unacceptable behavior mentioned above, that cannot be discussed at a later time. The best part is, you will likely have a far better conversation about it hours after a game, instead of minutes. As many youth sports are entering the season of playoffs and state championships, emotions are higher than ever, stress and pressure are more prevalent, and it is crucial that you let the Ride Home belong to your son or daughter. They will thank you for it one day, that I promise. “

I hope everyone enjoyed this article as much as I did.  Not only as a parent, but also a coach, there is much to take away from this article.

Spring Break Parkour Camp!

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Parkour Spring BreakWe had an excellent Spring Break Parkour camp this year!  Coaches JB, Josh, Zack W, Andrey and Zach R. had a blast training parkour with an incredible group of young athletes.  Some highlights include:  Moving up parallel walls Jackie Chan style, lunch time adventures, dodge ball, ANW courses and, of course, an epic water balloon fight.  Thanks to all the amazing families who spent spring break with us!

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It will be summer before you know it and I’m looking forward to more parkour fun with our traceurs.   I’m hoping to meet lots of new ones too!  Summer camps fill up fast, so be sure to reserve your spot today!


This Week’s Happenings in The Cave!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

cave_client-bbq6_webCave Community BBQ!
The Cave is hosting a Client Appreciation BBQ event on May 3rd from 1:00-7:00PM.  All are welcome to attend, though we will be paying extra special attention to our CrossFit community! They have worked very hard this year and deserve some home cookin’ and some fun!
If you’re looking to show off your awesome paleo (or non-paleo) cooking skills, you’re in luck for this is a pot-luck event.  The Cave will provide the bulk of the food and drink, but feel free to bring a dish to share! Come prepared to participate in some fun games and contests for prizes.  Who doesn’t love an old fashioned water balloon toss or three legged race? It is important to note that The Cave will NOT be providing child care at this event, however, children are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!

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Next Kid’s Night Out is April 26th.  It’s Sports Night, with hot dogs for dinner!

At Kid’s Night Out your child will have 4 1/2  hours of non-stop activities! Children will play themed games, win prizes, enjoy free play and/or skill work, do crafts, eat a gluten-free meal, and settle in for an age-appropriate movie at the end of the night.

Reserve your space now by e-mailing crystal@inthecave.com or calling (415)927-1630. $45 at the door or $35 in advance. 25% off sibling discount

Fantastic Acrobatic AcroYoga Workshop
May 18th 1:00 - 3:30PM

Combining partner yoga, partner acrobatics, and healing arts, AcroYoga helps build strength, confidence and trust.  Who wants to be fantastic when you could be Acrotastic?!  This workshop is guaranteed to make you work hard and gain skills while having a blast!  Come learn the ways and leave happy!  Space is limited so please register early!   AcroYoga beginner and intermediate levels welcome.

AcroYoga is an incredibly fun way to bust through fears, build trust in one’s abilities, form powerful friendships and large amounts of confidence. Crystal Hatzimichael is both an experienced AcroYoga teacher and a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist. Reserve your space now by e-mailing crystal@inthecave.com or calling (415)927-1630. $35

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Summer Camps

If you like the idea of keeping the kids healthily active during the summer (while giving parents a few hours break),  check out our Summer Camp schedule below!  Then be sure to register NOW as these classes fill up FAST!

Summer Camps:


This Week’s Happenings in The Cave!

Monday, April 14th, 2014

cave_client-bbq6_webCave Community BBQ!

The Cave is hosting a Client Appreciation BBQ event on May 3rd from 1:00-7:00PM.  All are welcome to attend, though we will be paying extra special attention to our CrossFit community! They have worked very hard this year and deserve some home cookin’ and some fun!
If you’re looking to show off your awesome paleo (or non-paleo) cooking skills, you’re in luck for this is a pot-luck event.  The Cave will provide the bulk of the food and drink, but feel free to bring a dish to share! Come prepared to participate in some fun games and contests for prizes.  Who doesn’t love an old fashioned water balloon toss or three legged race? It is important to note that The Cave will NOT be providing child care at this event, however, children are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!

Kid’s Night Out

Next Kid’s Night Out is April 26.  It’s Sports Night, with hot dogs for dinner!  Reserve your space now by e-mailing crystal@inthecave.com or calling (415)927-1630. $45 at the door or $35 in advance.

CrossFit Open Masters Qualifier

Masters competitors who finished in the top 200 worldwide in their age division in the Open are invited to compete in the Masters Qualifier. The Masters Qualifier runs from April 17-21. At 5 p.m. PT on April 17, four workouts will be released. Competitors will have four days to complete the workouts and submit scores. The Cave has 5 athletes competing this weekend!   Stay tuned to the blog and our Facebook page for more information.

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Summer Camps

If you like the idea of keeping the kids healthily active during the summer (while giving parents a few hours break),  check out our Summer Camp schedule below!  Then be sure to register NOW as these classes fill up FAST!

Summer Camps:


What’s Happening This Week In The Cave?

Monday, April 7th, 2014

NEW PARKOUR CLASSES!

The following new parkour classes have officially opened:
Parkour Essentials with JB Monday 4:00-5:00 PM
Parkour Flip & Flow
with JB Monday 5:00-6:00 PM
Parkour Essentials
with JB Monday 6:00-7:00 PM

If you are interested in enrolling your child into any of the classes mentioned above, please contact Crystal at crystal@inthecave.com.


SAVE THE DATE!

Cave Client Appreciation BBQ — Saturday, May 3rd 1-7PM.  Stay tuned for more information!

There are still a few spots left in our Spring Break Camps!
Are you looking for some fun activities to keep the family busy during the spring break?  Our Spring Break Camps are perfect for any kid at any level!   Kids love spending extra hours with their coaches or getting to know new ones.
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Spring Break Camps:


Register on-line by clicking the links above, OR call 415-927-1630 to sign up now!

If you like the idea of keeping the kids healthily active during the summer (while giving parents a few hours break),  check out our Summer Camp schedule below!  Then be sure to register NOW, - these classes fill up FAST!
Summer Camps:

REGISTER ON-LINE OR CALL 415-927-1630.