Katelyn Ohashi teams up with gym to help gymnasts work out at home

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News(NEW YORK) — While many fitness centers have closed their doors amid the coronavirus pandemic, one gym in the New York City borough of Brooklyn is taking to social media to keep many of their members active at home.When Gotham Gymnastics, a facility for aspiring young gymnasts, was forced to temporarily close due to government mandates, its CEO and co-founder Daniel Miranda as well as team director and co-founder Ana Nunes came up with the idea to take their workout sessions to Instagram. “We did this for our girls first,” Miranda told ABC News in an interview on Good Morning America.“We realized with all the posts out there,” he continued, “all the girls sharing comments of ideas about what to do, we came across the idea of getting other girls from other gyms to join too. And this thing just grew in two days, it was an incredible response.”Last week, the two coaches launched #Quaranteams, which they’re calling the largest gymnastics web camp in the world to keep athletes motivated.It was also their way of responding to the many events and meets that were cancelled amid the pandemic which gymnasts had worked hard preparing for.“When we saw the championships being cancelled, we thought, oh my gosh, these girls worked really hard to be able to go to the championships, and some of them have senior years, some of them are preparing for the Olympics,” Miranda said.For six days each week, Gotham Gymnastics has scheduled workouts on Instagram live with coaches and professionals who help bring lessons to gymnasts at home. Not only has it sparked interest among gymnasts in Brooklyn, but elsewhere around the world too.One of the professional gymnasts they asked to join this week’s workouts is star gymnast, Katelyn Ohashi, who last year scored perfect 10s for her energetic, viral floor routine while competing for the University of California, Los Angeles.“To know that these coaches at Gotham are extremely invested in their gymnasts and support them throughout this pandemic is incredible and super cool to see,” Ohashi told GMA. “The creativity behind it and to know that they’re working on so many different ways to stay involved and to encourage everyone — and it’s not just about their gymnasts, it’s also about the world, so that’s even cooler.”“There’s just kind of a lot of stuff happening within our world, so we are just trying to be as positive as possible through these times and teach them [gymnasts] as much insight as we can on what to do during our days locked inside the house in quarantine,” she added.Ohashi’s workout session, which took place Thursday on Instagram, included a variety of lower body workouts and stretches.On Sunday, Ohashi, Miranda and UCLA head coach and fellow Gotham Advisory Board Member Valorie “Miss Val” Kondos Field took part in a Q&A that was live streamed on Instagram, where they offered tips for gymnasts on how to stay motivated while self-isolating at home.“Right now, while it’s a stressful time — I feel it myself — we can look at the positive,” Miss Val told GMA, regarding working out at home. “You [young athletes] have a time right now to really work on your strengths, but also your weaknesses.”Ohashi also shared that even though it is important to stay active, she also advised that this is a time that many should use to rest. During her Q&A on Sunday, she spoke about the importance of the Sabbath and taking the time to reflect.“Sabbath rest is extremely important just because, it is OK to let down during this time and have a little bit of relaxation and self-reflection and do things that you don’t always get to prioritize,” she said. “Really focusing on what you enjoy outside of the sport right now and the things that you can do at home and getting creative and doing certain things — I just think can help set them up for the future even more so.”While Gotham Gymnastics is one of many gyms across the country who have been hit hard by the ongoing pandemic of the novel coronavirus, Miranda has made it a point to focus on the positive during this time and he hopes athletes will do the same.“It’s a big hit for not just athletes, but you know for the economy and everything else,” Miranda said. “But the message is, you’re not alone. We’re together — we’re together in this … instead of the internet being a vehicle of posting hate, we should be using it to bring people together in this moment.”“This is going to pass,” he added.You can check out Gotham Gymnastics’ #Quaranteams schedule for the week on their website here.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. March 27, 2020 /Sports News – National Katelyn Ohashi teams up with gym to help gymnasts work out at homecenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Connacht claim rare Munster scalp

first_img He converted Peter O’Mahony’s 10th-minute try and kicked two penalties in very difficult conditions, before a brilliantly engineered try by Kieran Marmion – started and converted by Craig Ronaldson – got Connacht back in touch. Keatley’s third successful penalty made it 16-7 to the visitors at half-time, only for wind-backed Connacht to respond with 17 unanswered points in the third quarter. Well-worked tries from fly-half Ronaldson and lock Aly Muldowney were both converted by Darragh Leader, with Ronaldson’s replacement Miah Nikora landing a 55th-minute penalty. Although they threw everything at Connacht in a gripping climax, Munster endured a scoreless second half thanks to some defiant, disciplined defending from the hosts. This interprovincial tie started as it finished with Anthony Foley’s side pinning Connacht back in their 22. After returning captain O’Mahony forced his Connacht counterpart John Muldoon to concede a ruck penalty, Keatley gave the visitors a seventh-minute lead. Connacht’s maul defence has been particularly strong this season, but they were found wanting when O’Mahony found space to power over in the left corner with support from BJ Botha and Duncan Williams. A superb conversion was swung over by Keatley for 10-0 and he soon added a second penalty, as Connacht desperately tried to bludgeon forward through their pack and lively centre Bundee Aki. Press Association Connacht claimed the prized scalp of provincial rivals Munster after fighting back from 13 points down to clinch a memorable 24-16 New Year’s Day victory in gusty Galway. The westerners’ first win over Munster since December 2008 – and only their second in the last 42 meetings – saw them extend their unbeaten home record this season to eight games. Ian Keatley, the former Connacht fly-half, used his knowledge of the famed Sportsground wind to help Munster lead this hard-edged Guinness Pro12 derby 13-0 by the quarter hour mark. It took some terrific interplay between the home backs, on the half hour, to finally carve open the Munster defence. Man-of-the-match Robbie Henshaw gobbled up Ronaldson’s pinpoint kick over the top and he rode a tackle before passing for the supporting Marmion to dive over to the left of the posts. Ronaldson drove over the conversion to close the gap to six points and just as the tide seemed to be turning, a high tackle by Aki on Simon Zebo allowed Keatley to close out the first half’s scoring. However, Connacht made the ideal start to the second period, Henshaw again hurtling through the Munster midfield and although Aki was hauled down close to the posts, a quick recycle saw Ronaldson crash over past two defenders. The Connacht fly-half injured himself in the act of scoring, so winger Leader stepped up to add the conversion and make it a two-point game – 16-14. The centre pairing of Aki and Henshaw did some further damage before an offside decision saw Nikora boot Connacht in front with 25 minutes remaining. A storming carry by Quinn Roux soon got the westerners back into scoring range and from a subsequent scrum, the fast-breaking Marmion was stopped just short before Muldowney muscled over from a couple of metres out. The home crowd roared with delight as Leader added the extras from the left and despite Paul O’Connell and company clawing their way back to the 22 through countless phases, Connacht survived a spate of late onslaughts to ensure they started 2015 with a considerable bang. last_img read more