Even before the sun rises, six of ECA’s students are hard at work. Gymnastics starts at 7 am, and we practice a total of five and a half hours a day. Even though we are with many of our friends, it’s not all fun and games. Being one of the top gyms in the state, 5280 Gymnastics is a prestigious gym with Olympic caliber training. Five and a half hours of gymnastics is hard to fit into one day but with the help of ECA, we can have the best of both worlds. ECA provides us with high academics while still having the opportunity to take the time to fulfill our athletic dreams.
Out of ten levels, Max Kephart is level seven. Kyler Hartley, Kaleb Hartley, Andrew Linz, and Julia Butler are level eight. Noah Giordano is level nine. Men have six events (floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, p-bars, and highbar). Women have four events (vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor). In these higher levels, we can do double backflips on floor and also off the bars. Back handsprings and backflips are done on beam, and flips while twisting on almost all of the events.
We have many competitions against numerous gymnasts in amazing places. There are local meets, state meets, regional (multiple states) meets, and nationals, all of which we have attended. Bigger competitions have taken place in California, Utah, and Florida. Our skills are hard to perfect and do safely, so every morning before school we have an hour of conditioning. Throughout the day, we accomplish about an hour on every event and some additional conditioning at the end. This is not easily done during the school year, but with the help of ECA we have the time and opportunity to be at the gym.
ECA has a fantastic director, Mr Covington, who fits our schedule to meet our needs. This allows us to be at gymnastics before and after school missing 1st and 6th period (electives) while still obtaining all of our middle school credits. We thank ECA and all its teachers for the support and care they’ve shown us; they have allowed us to be able to do the thing we love, gymnastics!
Julia Butler, 8th Grader