GYMM-Growing Young Minds and Muscles
New summer day camp for 2015!
Next Level Academy is extremely excited to launch this year’s Summer Day Camp Program! We’ve combined our certified trainers, coaches, and Next Level Academic Academy instructors to create a high-energy and educational environment where athletes can come to play and learn! Throughout our 10-Week Program, we strive to improve your child on and off the court. We will enhance sports fundamentals, introduce new sports and games, while also providing your young athlete educational value. We make learning fun by incorporating it into our daily activities as a way to engage each child in an exciting way!
What is G.Y.M.M. ?
G.Y.M.M. is an evolutionary active day camp with an open gym format, mixing sports and education throughout each day led by our certified trainers and coaches. Camp is for 6-14 year old boys and girls who are ready to learn and play all day in a safe environment! We teach the fundamentals on sports you may already know while also introducing new sports like Futsal, Quidditch, Broomball, Archery. We also incorporate at least 1hour every day to Education Time to make your child stronger and smarter! Time is RUNNING OUT with limited spots available, accepting only 60 campers total!
When is G.Y.M.M. ?
G.Y.M.M. is a 10-Week Program that will kick off June 1, 2015 and end August 7, 2015. Day Camp will run Monday through Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm. If those times don’t work with you work schedule, we do offer an Early Drop Off option at 8:00am, as well as a Late Pick Up option at 5:00pm. We are also flexible on when camp works best for you. Our camp registration is a la carte style, where you can choose which weeks and/or days you would like to come. Whether it’s 2 weeks in June, 2 weeks in July and 1 week in August, we make it work! Check out our brochure for more details!
What sports and activities will be offered?
The sky is the limit when it comes to this question! Each week we will focus on a variety of different sports, starting with the basics, then as the day progresses, we will introduce the game in its entirety to everyone, letting “the game be the teacher.” Below is a list of the activities we will cover this summer. Hope to see you at camp!
What is the typical daily schedule for G.Y.M.M.?
G.Y.M.M. will start each weekday mornng between the hours of 8:00am-9:00am. During this time campers will have “free time,” which consists of games and sports of their choice. At 9:00am the campers will be divided into groups based upon age. Each group will be learning the fundamentals of the predetermined sport (all different from each other) for the hour as well as actually getting a chance to play it with their peers. Once the hour passes, each group will switch to a new sport. We also have breaks and lunch time built into the schedule, in addition to an “all play” time where all of the campers come together to compete. This camp doesn’t just cover sports, we also promote learning through games, expert guest speakers, movies, professional athletes and trainers. Camp ends at 4:00pm unless otherwise indicated as a Late Pick Up at 5:00pm.
Should we pack a lunch?
The answer is YES. We do not provide lunch for your children. We ask that everyone packs their lunches in a temper-controlled lunch box to keep the food from going bad. We DO have a concession stand for the kids to buy additional snacks if they bring money, but SHOULD NOT be in place of a balanced meal brought from home.
All campers that register for 5 or more weeks will receive a FREE camp t-shirt! Please indicate your preferred size in your registration form. If you choose to attend camp for less than 5 weeks, t-shirts will cost $10/shirt.
Families who enroll 3 or more kids for camp will receive 10% off their total Camp Fee!
Early Drop Off option (8am) will be an additional $5 per day
Late Pick Up option (5pm) will be an additional $5 per day
Strength Training 101 for Kids:
There is a struggle between when to start kids on strength training to improve their sports performance, and when to not start kids. We all are loving parents and want our kids to do great in the sport that they love. So naturally we want them to get better and better so they can take the sport to whatever level their heart desires. But the path to improvement is a tricky one, one that without proper guidance can do more damage than good. Here are the guidelines to helping your child grow the proper way and not inhibit their growth inadvertently.
Below 10 years old, you never want to have your child lift weights of any kind. A medicine ball is fine, but definitely no weights and machines. This is their development years of their brain coordinating muscular neurons that tell their arms and legs how to move and run for a sport. This age range is best to work on technique, speed, and agility. Our bodies are awkward as we grow and the brain has a lot to handle to coordinate the foot to kick a ball, or hands to catch/throw a ball. Adding weights and strain to those muscles during this period is completely unnecessary.
Children ages 10-15 have a different challenge ahead of them. This age range is typically our “growth years”. Puberty, height, foot size, etc all change during this age range. Through these changes we want to focus on single leg stability, lateral and rotational movements, and bodyweight exercises. Bodyweight exercises are great during this time frame because it is enough weight to build muscle, but not too much to compress your discs in your spine or the cartilage in your knees. Pullups, pushups, single leg lunges, squats, wheel barrel walks, handstands, abs, running, sprints and swimming are all great workouts/exercises. When you start to add weight to your squats, start to do barbell bench press, or other weighted exercises you impact your joints when they are their most vulnerable. With improper form and technique this can do long term damage to the body, which is the last thing any of us parents want for our kids.
Kids age 15-18+ are in the age when weights start to become important. You usually finish maturing in size around the age of 16, so with moderate lifting and proper coaching, you can really peak at your performance and get ready for the next level [college/pro]. For anything upper body you want to stick with dumbbells, bands, and bodyweight. This will teach your brain to coordinate the proper strength through your core to your individual arms. When you are using a barbell for upper body you are putting more strain on your rotator cuffs which will weaken them since they are 70% more prone to injury than any other ball and socket joint in your body. You can use a barbell for lower body exercises but to go light and maintain proper form. Too heavy and you strain your transverse abdominals, your knees, and your spine. You only have 1 spine, so when you mess it up that’s all that you get. A better approach would be to use dumbbells because you wont have that strain being exerted onto your joints/spine.
In conclusion – you kids can always get faster and stronger. You just want to make sure that you are doing it to their benefit and not to their hinderance. That’s why Next Level hires the best trainers/coaches in the area to ensure our athletes are properly prepared for their sports and ready to dominate on the competition!
In addition to our Monday and Friday class, we will now have a Tuesday and Thursday Yoga class starting at 9:30AM both days.