Our athlete of the month for February is Emme Boerstler. Emme is a seventh grader at Booth Middle School. She’s a gymnast and a cheerleader.
From Meg Boerstler, Emme’s Mom
I chose goperformance for Emery because I have been training here at goperformance for six years. Emme endured a back injury in early summer while tumbling. Emery’s goals were to strengthen her core muscle so she could go back to tumbling and cheerleading.
The knowledge and compassion the coaches have for the athletes is like no other gym. Lane and his staff not only have expertise in training adults, but adolescents as well. I have seen the trainers with my own eyes work with these athletes in such a positive way and can relate to them as well. Not only is Lane a remarkable trainer but also he is a great mentor.
Emery’s injury will never be cured, however the trainers at goperformance along with Tyler Austin with Precision Physical Therapy have helped her in such a way that she is now able to continue her passion without further damage.
When Emery started training she was reluctant and scared she might not ever go back to her dream of tumbling and cheering. Being a competitive athlete is all she’s ever known. After six weeks of training Emery went back to the doctor. To her surprise, the doctor told her she could start tumbling again because her strength and mobility had improved drastically. She now sees the positive impact training at goperformance had on her. She has not only made improvements inside the gym but her tumbling as gotten so much stronger too. She leaves goperformance and her tumbling gym with a big smile on her face because her pain has subsided dramatically.
Emery has become stronger both athletically and mentally. She is determined to fulfill her dream of being a college cheerleader. goperformance has given her back hope to achieve her dreams. You cannot put a price tag on that.
When I started goperformance I had a severe back injury. My mindset was to make my core stronger and overcome some of the pain. Training here has made my tumbling so much stronger and easier to do because I do not have as much of the pain due to the strength training. In the next six months I would like to be able to do all of the exercises without pain and become strong enough to do competitive cheer one last year.
My favorite thing about goperformance is that all of the kids are nice and I have made many new friends through training here. Also the trainers are very fun and challenging. Not only is Lane a good coach, he is a mentor and very easy to talk to. If I want to be able to fulfill my dreams of cheering in college, I need to continue training. I also do physical therapy that decreases the amount of pain I have and gives me a stronger pain tolerance. I used to work with Tyler at Precision Physical Therapy every week and now I have gotten to the point where I have to go about every other week. I have been attending goperformance since September and it has made me a stronger person in all my activities.
From Coach Lane
Emme is one of the most coachable athletes in the gym. The definition of “coachable” is the willingness to be corrected and to act on that correction. When we are coachable, we are prepared to be wrong. We can withstand a high degree of candor. That’s the reason she is our athlete of the month. Emme displays a focused intensity. She attempts to execute with precision and is a great leader in our Middle School Program. She doesn’t simply go through the motions. She gives it her all every session. Because of her back injury I think this training has helped her hone in her her mechanics, movement and posture. She’s determined to overcome it and reach her fullest athletic potential. As Rocky Balboa says “Life is not about how hard you can hit, but how much you can get hit and still keep moving forward.”