Next Level Tumbling June 2017


June 2017

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. “ Phil 4:13

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Summer is always a great time at Next Level Tumbling. Since the kids are out of school, we are able to offer morning and afternoon classes, which is a treat for all of our coaches. And if we had any doubt, we know summer is finally here when our athletes show up with tanlines and swimsuits in the place of leotards! When I think of summer, I think of the bay, the sand, lemonade, suntan lines, and riding bicycles until it gets dark. I am reminded of the days my family spent at Lake Eufaula, fishing for bass and water skiing. My dad was a huge bass fisherman. He tried his hardest to get my sister and me interested, but neither of us sincerely took to it when we were young. However, I was raised on Lake Eufaula, and there wasn’t much else to do, so we humored him many times.

hobby. We have quite a few fishing trips planned for this summer at local spots and Triple D Ranch. We are also hoping to plan a trip to Mexico!

Steven and I also share a love for rollercoasters and amusement parks. We are planning a trip to our favorite park, Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Cedar Point is a world renowned park that boasts the world’s fastest and highest rollercoasters, and we are so excited to ride the Millennium Force and the Top Thrill Dragster. There are three holidays that divide summer up into equal parts. The season kicks off with Memorial Day, the middle is defined by Independence Day, and summer comes to a close with Labor Day. On the first two holidays, the nation takes time to honor our patriots and veterans who have served our country. We decorate the gym to celebrate, and our decorative stars hang from the ceiling all season long. Summertime always calls for barbecues, and you better believe we will be celebrating our troops with good food and great company. I remember each summer holiday I celebrated as a kid — they were my favorite! We loved to barbecue and set off fireworks. My grandfather was a veteran, so each holiday celebrating our troops means the world to me. Today, our celebrations are filled with joy, nostalgia, and pride for our country. At times, it seems that we are a heavily divided nation. However, Memorial Day and Independence Day give us a chance to remember those who have served our country, and we have a chance to come together over our shared history and culture. Summer represents youth and pleasure, but it also represents respect, pride, and gratitude. Take time to unwind this summer, but make sure to thank those who have fought for our freedom. I know I will.

Ironically, bass fishing is now one of my favorite things to do. Steven, my boyfriend, loves to fish as well, and I’m thankful that we can share this fun

See you soon!

– Lori



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Chores have often been a regular aspect of a family household. However, many parents today are questioning the importance of assigning housework over extracurricular activities. Data collected by Braun Research found that only 28 percent of parents say they assign chores to their own children. While extracurriculars are important, many experts, including University of Maryland psychology professor Roger W. McIntire, cite the benefits of chores in a child’s development. A study from the University of Minnesota analyzed data from 84 children across four periods of their lives: preschool, ages 10 and 15, and their mid-20s. Researchers found that young adults who had regular chores at the age of 3 or 4 were more likely to have better interpersonal relationships, academic and career success, and were more likely to be self-sufficient compared to those without chores or those who started them as a teenager.

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Bring plastic utensils to the table

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Feed and water pets Put away light groceries Empty indoor trash cans Sweep andmop floors with supervision

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Water plants

Set the table for dinner

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Keep bedroom clean

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Fold and put away laundry

Vacuum carpets

Here are a few age-appropriate chores to help your kids take onmore responsibilities as they get older:

Change sheets on bed regularly

Bring trash cans out to curb on trash day

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Helpmake their beds

Help with lawn work (pulling weeds, raking leaves, etc.)

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Clean up toys

Put dirty clothes in the laundry basket

Dust easy-to-reach places

Help clean up spills

Anna Kate O’Conner is a 10-year-old student at Next Level Tumbling. She attends Rockwell Elementary

Though she is passionate about tumbling, gymnastics, and dance, Anna Kate ultimately hopes to earn her bachelor’s degree and attend dental school to become a dentist. Anna Kate is an extremely hard worker, and we are so excited to see where life takes her!

School, and she will be enrolling at Spanish Fort Middle School next year, where she hopes to be a cheerleader. Anna Kate’s favorite color is light blue, and her favorite subject in school is reading. Anna Kate has a younger sister named Audrey, and her family owns many pets. Anna Kate loves when her family takes vacations to Disney World, and her favorite holiday is Christmas.

At Next Level Tumbling, Anna Kate’s favorite trick is a layout, and she loves working with Coach Brice. Anna Kate appreciates howmuch Coach Brice pushes her to do her best — and how he makes each class fun. Anna Kate says that Coach Brice doesn’t let her young age affect his expectations for her, and he holds her to a high standard. She can feel herself improving every time she is in his class.

Anna Kate always gives it her all because she is dedicated to getting better. She is an excellent athlete, and we are lucky to have her!


Next Level Tumbling offers a safe, structured, and educational environment for young gymnasts to exercise. Health and fitness, though, isn’t simply about working out. To be the best athlete you can be, you need tomonitor your nutrition. Young athletes need a well-rounded diet full of nutrients to perform at the highest levels. Think of the food you eat as the fuel that powers your routines. Without the best fuel, you cannot fire on all cylinders. Here are some nutrition tips that all athletes can benefit from.

Carbohydrates Are Your Main Energy Source

Carbs should be the mainmacronutrient supplying the energy for your workouts. Most nutritionists recommend that you get about 60 percent of your calories from carbohydrates. Your carb intake should come largely fromwhole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Carbs take time to digest, so try to eat themmore than an hour before your workout.

Protein Builds Muscle

Hydration Is Key

Being an elite gymnast requires you to develop leanmuscles that can respond to the technical movements required in the sport. Protein is key in not only building these muscles, but also repairing them after intense workouts. Roughly 20 percent of your calories should come from lean proteins like poultry, fish, beans, lentils, and tofu. Avoid fried and breadedmeats and cuts that are overly fatty.

Getting dehydrated during a routine can lead to a lack of coordination, stamina, and reaction time. The best way to hydrate regularly is, of course, by drinking lots of water. While you’re on the mat, natural juice or a sports drink can help replenish the nutrients that are depleted during exercise. Avoid sodas and “fruit” drinks at all costs, as they are empty calories you don’t need in your body.

Psalm103:13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.


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2 teaspoons coconut oil

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Handful of baby spinach leaves 6–8 grape tomatoes, sliced (roasted, if preferred)

6 large portobellomushroom caps, cleaned and gills removed

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1 small onion, diced

Salt and pepper, to taste

½ pound ground turkey


1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt coconut oil. Place the mushrooms into the skillet and let cook about 5–7 minutes until softened. Flip halfway through, then set aside. 2. In the same skillet, sauté onion until softened, about 3 minutes. Add ground turkey to the pan and break into small pieces. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook until done. 3. Remove turkey from heat and add baby spinach leaves. Let the turkey’s heat wilt the spinach. 4. To assemble, use a small spoon and scoop the turkey and spinach filling into the caps of the mushrooms. Top with roasted or regular grape tomatoes and serve warm! Recipe courtesy of




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Summer Lovin’

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Teach Kids Responsibility With Age-Appropriate Chores

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Student Spotlight

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Better Fuel, Better Performance

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Turkey and Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

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to the 11th century and houses the heart of Croatian culture, academ- ics, and government. Walk down cobblestone streets and visit medieval towers and churches. Zagreb also happens to be the filming location of popular television shows like “Game of Thrones.” Korcula Located off of the Adriatic coast, Korcula is a 30-mile island full of lush forests, vineyards, olive groves, charming villages, and sandy beaches. Korcula Town, the island’s main community, is a fortified city, historically adorned with Venetian renaissance architecture and colorful markets. It is also known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Plitvice National Park One of the incredible natural wonders of Europe, this national park consists of several breathtaking lakes, waterfalls, and forests. The park has 16 interconnecting lakes, formed by natural travertine dams, ranging in color from turquoise to green, blue, and gray. Explore the park by boat, or trek through the lush wilderness by following the extensive wooden pathways.

So, you’ve decided to take a vacation abroad. You’re looking for a place with breathtaking natural beauty, incredible beaches and

islands, outstanding history, awe-inspiring architecture, and delicious food and wine. You’d also prefer a destination that’s a little more unique, so Paris and Italy are off the list. It’s time to check out vacation options less-traveled

and book your ticket to Croatia.

Located just across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, Croatia’s harbors house the same Mediterranean influences of Greece; the county’s beaches display the same quality sand as the Italian coast; their food is just as delectable as any you’d find in Paris; and their ancient architecture’s beauty could rival that of Rome. While you’re there, make sure to check out these key destinations!

Visit Croatia and experience everything its beautiful beaches, sapphire waters, and rich history have to offer.

Zagreb The capital and largest city of Croatia, this metropolis is full of historic and modern attractions. Located in northwestern Croatia, it dates back


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