September/October Newsletter

New Faces!

What a great month September has been.  We’ve enjoyed getting to meet all the new faces at the gym.  We hope your kids have enjoyed what they have learned so far.  There is a lot more to learn however.  So try really hard not to miss a practice.  We cherish every moment we get to teach them bigger and better things.

We are “CHUNKING” this year!

In gymnastics each class builds on the last. The skills learned in prior classes become the building blocks for advanced gymnastic skills in future classes. Because it is so important to master a skill before moving on to another, Big Rock Gym is adopting a new and improved coaching technique this year that we describe as “chunking.”
This coaching technique will break down each skill into smaller and even smaller yet “chunks” that students will find much easier to digest, follow and master. In other words, the more a skill can be broken down and taught into parts, the easier it is to master the skill.

We are dedicated to improving your child’s experience at Big Rock Gymnastics. Myself and all the coaches look forward to seeing the light bulb go on in each child’s head as this new coaching technique is implemented.

What to do if your child is sick…

Please let them rest at home.  We want them to feel good when them come and work out and also not spread the illness if it is contagious. So thank you in advance for your consideration.  Please call us and let us know if it will be a few days that they will be gone. Team girls should always call when they are not able to make it.  We don’t like to worry and we do when the kids aren’t there.

What to do if you want to do a make up?

Call me (Carrie) and see if there is a class available to do a make up in.  We like advanced notice so we can make sure we have enough coaches and that you are in the right class.

Halloween Party Week…

Yes, we love Halloween so let’s get excited.  October 29th – November 2nd we are dressing up and having some fun.  They’ll get to earn treats by doing a trick!! That’s the real way to do it, right?!  Yes, they can dress up but we do have costume limitations because of the tumbling we do.  Please look at the following requirements.  I’ll send these in an email when we get closer to remind you.

1.  Hair must still be pulled back

2.  No glitter or hair dye or heavy makeup (it gets on the equipment)

3.  Feet must still be bare (no tights)

4.  Must be able to comfortably tumble and function the outfit

Team girls will not be dressing up because of the nature of their tricks.  It is too dangerous but we will still be having a little party for them.

Stayed tuned for more fun stuff to come from Big Rock!

PS. – Come celebrate your birthday in October for only 40.00 that month (10.00 discount)  Call Mary to schedule 527-4836


Here at Big Rock our goal is not only to teach gymnastics, but to provide a POSITIVE environment through teaching life skills. We aim to turn kids into hard working, goal oriented, CONFIDENT athletes!

For tips on spotting lack of self-confidence read this…

Children who suffer from a lack of confidence often OVER-COMPENSATE with these behaviors:

1. They give reasons for their actions…EXAMPLE: Your child accidentally spills the milk and immediately explains that “the glass was on the edge of the table” or “Oh, I was tired, that’s why I wasn’t paying attention.”

2. They never admit that they have problems.

3. They are defensive. This may be indicated by their responses or by their body language (by folding arms or crossing legs).

4. Immediate reply to criticism. Confident children will accept the criticism if it is true or if not just walk away with a smile because they know they are a champion.

So even though your child may not be destined to be an Olympic gymnast, they will learn to be CONFIDENT at Big Rock Gymnastics. Why? Because, the coaches at Big Rock Gymnastics know that no one is PERFECT. They know that confident children must understand that it’s human to make mistakes and that mistakes don’t change who you are.


I’ve posted the fall schedule now starting AUGUST 27TH.  Go to our website and register ONLINE!  EVERYONE (accept those who have registered recently May or June) will need to register this fall.   It’s 25.00 register and you can also do that online with Pay Pal.  You don’t have to have a pay pal account to use it.  You can also send in a check or cash at your earliest convenience.  You will be required to still sign the LIABILITY WAIVER RELEASE and bring that in to the gym with you before or on your first day of class.  They may not participate without this form so please remember to hand it in.  It’s available on our website when you fill out the registration form.
GYM CLOSED August 20th -24th (Summer Recess so you can get the kids back in school)
DRAWSTRING BAGS – If you signed up this summer or this fall, you will also be receiving a drawstring bag for your athlete to carry there gym clothes in.  Hope fully this will help everyone bring there suits with them to class. Below shows you the cute saying we put on the bags.
WE NEED YOUR OLD SUITS – If you have an old leotard that is just sitting around, bring it in and sell it to the new kids signing up this fall.  You’ll receive a credit on your account.  Suits usually go for $10-20 depending on condition and style.
Come join the fun as we celebrate the Olympics Big Rock Style!!  The WHOLE COMMUNITY is invited to participate in the fun!  So bring your friends and family members.   Please click on the blue line below to SIGN UP FOR YOUR EVENTS


Hi Everyone,

We kicked off the summer great this year!  Summer Games and Summer Camp are now done and over.  We had a great time.  Read all my previous posts about them and also STATE COMPETITION RESULTS and some nutritional advice for your gymnasts.



Come check us out our team girls in the PARADE this year.  Our theme is “Hands on Training.” We’ll show you some great tricks we do on the beam!  Thank you in advance for you cheers and support!


Dates: Starts July 12th to Aug 9th

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Class time: Thursdays 9:00-10:00 am

It’s a 5 WEEK course for kids just starting out.  It’s designed to let the kids just see if they like gymnastics.  So tell your friends about it.  If they have been hesitating because of cost, not sure if they’d like it, or anything else, this is the perfect time to see!

Course Rate:  $45.00 with no registration fee

$10.00 off to the first 7 people that sign up for the class

That’s only 35.00 for 5 weeks!!


We are celebrating birthdays this summer with a HUGE DISCOUNT!


That’s a savings of $20.00!!

These kids have an amazing time.  They get an exciting coach that shows them neat tricks they can do and fun games to play.  We spotlight the birthday kid and play games they love.  Parents love it too!!  Because you don’t have to clean the house before or afterwards and  you look like the coolest parent in the world because you just gave your kid a GYMNASTICS BIRTHDAY PARTY!!

We are extending this price to anyone that wants to celebrate for other occasions like reunions and family get togethers.  Call us and see what we have to offer!  893-8264

Summer Games

This is the competition we look forward to the most.  The girls love the medals and the college atmosphere.  Our new level 4 girls came out strong.  I was surprised they did as well as they did. I don’t have there scores yet but I’ve got some pictures up of there medals.

1 st All Around girls

Natalie Turner, Kaitlyn Jackman

1st Place Event Winners

Leliah T., Brynn Christensen, Marisa Franks

Everyone else still did very well.  I apologize that I do not have there scores this time but we are proud of everyone who went.


Gymnast’s Nutrition Guidelines

If your gymnast is in the gym more than 4 hours a week, you need to make sure she’s getting the proper nutrition for her workouts.  They are expending more energy than the average child and need the right fuels for their bodies ultimate health.  It is important to follow these guidelines.  I know from personal experience and from many articles and body builders a few key things that will help your child’s athletic performance.

1.  EAT FIVE TO SIX TIMES A DAY – 3 full size meals and 2 to 3 snacks in between meal times.  This regulates their blood sugar and keeps their moods even.  This is based on the book called “The Zone” by Dr. Barry Sears.

2.  PROTEIN, PROTEIN, PROTEIN – Every athlete needs protein in their bodies within 30 minutes of their workout.  And not just a little, you need a fist size portion or more.  This will help rebuild the muscle they just worked out and lower the lactic acid buildup which causes the aches for the next two days.

3.  LIQUIDS – Keep them hydrated, especially through the summer.  WATER is the best option.  Sports drinks are not as healthy as you might think.  They contain corn syrup which breaks down muscle and turns to fat if it’s not burned.  If your child shows signs of dehydration, give them pedia light or coconut juice.

4.  OF COURSE FRUITS AND VEGGIES – You all know the health benefits of these foods.  My general guideline is eat something LIVING with every meal.  A live food, like a banana, yogurt, raw broccoli are great to have at any time.  Once its been heated in any way, it’s not alive anymore and has lost it’s food breaking down, enzyme benefits.  Our bodies are meant to eat living foods and not over processed junk. 

Our team girls are allowed to bring a snack for gymnastics through the summer.  Please choose healthy things for them to bring.  We do take note of what the girls bring and advise them on the good things and the bad things they are eating.  We want our girls to be healthy and have great energy for the gym.  Food is so important and should not be taken lightly.  Plan your meals and do the right thing for you and your family’s health.

LIST OF TABOO FOODS that you might think are healthy but really aren’t (this is my own list)

Granola Bars

Yogurt that has a high sugar content – There are better yogurt choices – try organic brands

Crackers (no nutritional value)

Fruit roll ups (pure sugar and very little fruit)

White Rice (empty carbohydrates)

White bread

All sugars are not healthy – there is no healthy sugar from what I’ve been told, even the imitation sugars like sucralose and splenda

Most cereals, especially “kid” cereals

Here is how I shop – I buy organic when I can.  I hardly ever eat things out of a can.  I get most of my foods from the outside edge of the store ie. dairy, meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables.  Notice all the processed foods are down the isles and all the alive food is in the perimeter of the store.  I always ask myself, how much sugar does this contain? and do I want it in my body?  Sugar not only turns to fat when it’s not burned but also stops our bodies from fighting infection.  I’ve known three people in my life that do not eat sugar, ever, and they NEVER get sick.  No more than a palm size amount of a sugary food daily is recommended by doctors and nutritionists.

I’m proud of our team girls and there healthy choices in snacks that I’m seeing them bring but please be aware that this year I will be making a big push for protein.  I really don’t think our girls are getting enough.  They need way more than you think.  Thanks for reading my blog!

State Meet Competition for Junior Olympic Team

May 18th 2012

This year we decided to go to STATE!  This is the first time in the history of this gym that we went.  We had a great first year with many successes.  I think the team came away feeling strong and happy.  We train hard because we love it and competitions like State are our way of expressing our talent.  It’s important that we train the girls to feel good about there personal accomplishments.  I heard just about every girl tell me something they felt great about at state.  How cool is that?  Even if they didn’t place well on the podium they knew they could walk away with there head held high and feeling good about themselves.  That to me was my greatest success at State.


Level 6

14 th Place, Radisyn Jensen 33.050 out of 17 girls

Level 5

6th Place, Mackenzie Scoville 32.650 out of 15 girls

2nd Place, Casey Ott, 31.275 out of 9 girls

3rd Place, Leliah Taufatofua, 33.475 out of 7 girls

3rd Place, Payton Olsen, 32.825 out of 5 girls

4th Place, Carrol Taufatofua, 30.975 out of 5 girls

Level 4

1st Place Natalie Turner, 34.325 out of 3 girls

5th Place, Madi Lewis, 34.725 out of 13 girls

6th Place, Sadie Sorenson, 32.550 out of 11 girls

11th Place, Brynn Christensen, 34.325 out of 13 girls

I think our girls did great!  We had tough competition but that’s what makes us strive harder to be better.  We love the challenge.

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I’ve decided to change the day and time for the inner squad competition for Level 1, 2, 3, and Tops. Below are the new days and times

Wednesday May, 23rd
Level 3 and Tops
Starting at 4:00 pm

Thursday, May 24th
Level 1 & 2
Starting at 4:00 pm

XCEL, JO and POWER TUMBLING will be CANCELED those days and we’ll also be CLOSED FRIDAY MAY 25TH. I figure everyone would like to get an early start on there vacation and it’s the last day of school.
Jiu Jitsu class is NOT canceled.

NEW Summer schedule will begin on May 29th.

I hope this works better for everyone schedule. Thank you for your input!