Gymnastics academy puts emphasis on fun, life lessons

Joy Wang
August 15, 2016 11:30 PM

There’s a lot of pressure on gymnasts to be perfect, but one local gym wants their athletes to focus on something more by learning life lessons along with gymnastics.


Walk into Sandia Acrobatic Gymnastics Academy, and you can tell there’s Olympic fever. Siblings Bear and Adriana want to be Olympic gymnasts.

“Just seeing the Olympic rings it would be like, get me like, ‘wow I'm at the Olympics,” said Bear Cordova-Busby. “This is what I've been training for.”

Their favorite event is bars.

“I just like swinging,” Bear said.

While everyone is focused on sticking the landing, here it's not about how high you can jump, but how hard you’re willing to work to jump higher.

“You come in here and work hard every day, and keep going as far as you can,” said Erin Rice, who started Sandia Acrobatic Gymnastics Academy.

Here Bear and Adriana learn to take turns.

“Because like we can be together and we like see each other,” Adriana said.

While they're balancing on the beam, they're also balancing working as a team.

“How to deal with life and the roadblocks and setbacks and the challenges,” Rice said. “How to just be as good as you can be and push yourself to be the best.”

They’re focusing on how to get better.                                                          

“Never to quit,” Adriana said. “Just keep on going cause you never know if you can make it or not.”

They’re also encouraging each other to face your fears.

“You're friends are like encouraging, like come on you got this,” Bear said. “Like don't fear anything.”

As each step, each swing and each landing gets them closer to their goal.

The one word you can't say at the gym is the word can't. If you do, it’s 300 handstands.


Joy Wang

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