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A playful training venue which movement-lovers of all kinds call home with vibrant movement group classes, open play times and communal events.  Classes offered: Parkour, Acrobatics, Aerials, Monkey Conditioning, Flexibility, AcroYoga, Hooping, AcroBalance and more!

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Handstand Workshops:
Handstand & Flexibility Training
with Kerri Kresinski
9/13 (Sat) 5:15-7:45pm

  


 

How does training the splits enhance your handstand practice? Handstands and flexibility go hand in hand, and we often train them separately. Here is your chance to put them together and find how to deepen your understanding of how do use your body more efficiently and with more connection in your handstand training.

We will work on various handstand exercises with varied levels of practice from holding a straight body to straddle pressing. Be prepared for splits, straddle, pike, shoulder, hips and back bending. Hooray!

$60 ($50 for members)

10% off by 9/5


Another workshop with Kerri: 

9/14 Aerial Wheeldown


  

Handbalancing

with Yuri Marmerstein
Beg: 9/21 (Saturday) 6:30-8:30pm
Int/Adv: 9/26 (Friday) 6:00-8:30pm 

Beg: This workshop is meant for students to understand the process towards as well as to refine and develop their freestanding handstands. We will cover joint preparation for handstands, proper and improper alignment, and learning how to bail out of a handstand safely. Lastly, we will go over how to develop the actual balance involved in holding a freestanding handstand as well as how to modify the entry for more control. All levels are welcome.

 

$50 ($40 for members)

10% off by 9/15

Int/Adv: This is for students who are already comfortable with a freestanding handstand. We will cover some more complex balancing techniques such as learning how to save a fall by breaking alignment, dynamic handstands, different positions, press handstands, and handstand pushups. Time and skill level permitting, we will get into the process of learning one arm balance.
 

$60 ($50 for members)

$5 off by 9/19

   
CYBER YOGA/Handbalancing
with Lamonte Tales Goode
Beg: 11/1 (Saturday) 4:00-6:00pm
Int/Adv: 9/26 (Friday) 6:15-8:15pm

CYBER Yoga - New Age Integrated Fitness Training for the Future and Beyond

CYBER Yoga is a state-of-the-art integrative fitness regimen combining elements of various disciplines in a unique and fun hybrid training program.

The term CYBER, is an acronym for Calisthenics, Yoga, Bboy, Equilibrium & Revolution!

CYBER Yoga borrows strength-building from calisthenics and traditional gym workouts, alignment, flexibility, balance and stretching from Yoga, and break dance moves from Bboy. It’s a revolutionary approach to fitness!

 

Limited to 15 participants per workshop!

$60 ($50 for members)

10% off by 10/15

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 Upcoming Acrobatic Skills Workshops:
 
All of the following workshops are taught by Zach Fischer!
 
Back Flips (Part 1): You Can Do Them!
9/6 (Sat) 5:30-7:30pm 

Have you ever wanted to learn a back flip? In this special series offered by Athletic Playground, we will show you how. Learn the fundamental skills and strengths you need for this acrobatic skill in a safe and fun environment. Do something you never thought possible. 

 

 

Back Handsprings!
9/13 (Sat) 5:30-7:30pm 

 

Learn how to do a back handspring! In this special workshop offered by Athletic Playground, we will show you how. Learn the fundamental skills and strengths you need for this acrobatic skill in a safe and fun environment. We will break down the components of the back handspring, and practice them individually. We’ll assemble the parts in a step by step progression, and by the end of the class all students will have a firm understanding of the move, and how they will be able to practice on their own.


 

No Hands Cartwheels!
9/20 (Sat) 5:30-7:30pm 

 

Learn how to do a no-handed cartwheel! In this workshop, we’ll learn the fundamental skills and strengths you need for this acrobatic skill in a safe and fun environment. We will break down the components of the no hands cartwheel, and practice them individually. We’ll assemble the parts in a step by step progression, and by the end of the class all students will have a firm understanding of the move, and how they will be able to practice on their own. In this class, we’ll cover how to do both the capoeira version of the move, as well as the classical gymnastics cartwheel, and how they differ from each other.

Back Flips (part 2): You Can Really Do Them!
9/28 (Sun) 6:00-8:00pm 

 

In the second part of this back flip workshop, we’ll focus on polishing our existing backflip skill. We’ll learn the steps to take our standing back tuck from the pit mat to the floor, and talk about safe mental preparation for practicing on your own. We’ll cover some combos and variations on the back flip, and do some skill specific conditioning.

Each workshop: $40 ($25 for members)
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Aug
11th
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8/24 (Saturday)
Performances & Activities
4:00-6:00pm
with Zach Fischer, Marria Kee & more! 
50% off if purchased by 8/16 with promo code: banana 
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Jul
31st
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Photos from PlayGround After Dark 7/26 at Athletic PlayGround!

Next one:

8/30 (Sat) PlayGround After Dark
Performances, Classes & Open Play
7:00-11:00pm, $20 ($15 by 4pm day of the event)
Join the event on facebook
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Community Nutrition
8/10, 6-8m
A bit of a different format from previous community nutrition class we are gonna go potluck style!! Below you will find specific guidelines on what to bring so be sure to read carefully! Don’t feel like preparing a dish?? No problem! Just bring a $5 donation and enjoy everyone else’s creations!
Beginning of August is right SMACK in the middle of Summer with so many fruits & veggies in full bloom! It’s my favorite eating season!! Let’s get together; enjoy some freshly prepared food, talk about how to keep hydrated in this heat and fuel our bodies with vitamins & minerals for all of that outside play time!!
What dish to bring:
Try to include in your Potluck dish (or beverage) at least 1 of these juicy Summer fruits or veggies:
~Cherries, Tomatoes, Cantalope, Watermelon, Grapefruit, Cucumber, Celery, Radish, Green Pepper, Cauliflower or Spinach~
**Get creative and try something new!! Other great ingredients to include: Whole grains (Quinoa, Brown Rice, Buckwheat, etc..), Leafy greens (Kale, Chard, Collards, Dandelion Greens, etc..), Nuts & Seeds (Walnuts, Cashews, Pistachios, Pumpkin Seeds, etc..)
**Dont wanna prepare a dish? No problem, just come with a $5 donation :)
What NOT TO INCLUDE in your dish:
This is about community nutrition people so there are a few guidelines to follow…
~NO Refined Sugar (Honey is the ONLY exception) & No Refined Flours (this means NO pastas or breads, etc.) & No Dairy
When: Sunday, August 10th @6:00pm
Where: Athletic PlayGround; 4770 San Pablo Ave. Emeryville
Questions: Email Kathy, kathygade@gmail.com or leave me a message on FaceBook :)

Community Nutrition

8/10, 6-8m

A bit of a different format from previous community nutrition class we are gonna go potluck style!! Below you will find specific guidelines on what to bring so be sure to read carefully! Don’t feel like preparing a dish?? No problem! Just bring a $5 donation and enjoy everyone else’s creations!

Beginning of August is right SMACK in the middle of Summer with so many fruits & veggies in full bloom! It’s my favorite eating season!! Let’s get together; enjoy some freshly prepared food, talk about how to keep hydrated in this heat and fuel our bodies with vitamins & minerals for all of that outside play time!!

What dish to bring:

Try to include in your Potluck dish (or beverage) at least 1 of these juicy Summer fruits or veggies:

~Cherries, Tomatoes, Cantalope, Watermelon, Grapefruit, Cucumber, Celery, Radish, Green Pepper, Cauliflower or Spinach~

**Get creative and try something new!! Other great ingredients to include: Whole grains (Quinoa, Brown Rice, Buckwheat, etc..), Leafy greens (Kale, Chard, Collards, Dandelion Greens, etc..), Nuts & Seeds (Walnuts, Cashews, Pistachios, Pumpkin Seeds, etc..)

**Dont wanna prepare a dish? No problem, just come with a $5 donation :)

What NOT TO INCLUDE in your dish:

This is about community nutrition people so there are a few guidelines to follow…

~NO Refined Sugar (Honey is the ONLY exception) & No Refined Flours (this means NO pastas or breads, etc.) & No Dairy

When: Sunday, August 10th @6:00pm

Where: Athletic PlayGround; 4770 San Pablo Ave. Emeryville

Questions: Email Kathy, kathygade@gmail.com or leave me a message on FaceBook :)

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PlayGround After Dark
"An Evening of Performance, Music, Open Play, Classes and Community” 
 
Saturday (8/30)  7:00-11:00pm




 
Tickets: $15 in Advance ($20 Cash at the Door)
 


 
Join us for this very special experience at Athletic PlayGround. We’ll begin the evening with beautiful performances. Then the rest of the activities begin..

 
7:00pm Doors open
(Savannah room) 

7:30pm Circus Performances
(Savannah room) 
TBD
8:15-11:00pm Hang Out/Play/Dance 
(Savannah room)

 
8:15-9:00pm AcroYoga Fun & Games Class! 
(Canyon room)
No experience is necessary - Accessible for everyone!
  
9:15-10:15pm Thai Massage Class! 
(Canyon room)
Come solo or with a partner!

Tickets include EVERYTHING!

To get $15 tickets: CLICK HERE!
$20 cash at the door ($10 after 10pm) 
- All activities and classes are included in the event price.
- Ages 18+ Only
- No Aerials/Equipment during open time (Safety reasons..)- Last minute schedule changes might happen.
 
Refreshments will include an abundance of baked goods from Arizmendi Bakery as well as other treats!



Join us and invite your friends to our Facebook Event!

WAIVER:  If this is your first time at Athletic Playground, or haven’t signed our new waiver yet (December 2012), please print out, sign, and bring this waiver with you to save time at the door.To print the waiver: http://www.athleticplayground.com/APWaiver_dec2012.pdf


WANT TO HELP MAKE THIS EVENT HAPPEN?
Email shira@tagym.com
PlayGround After Dark
"An Evening of Performance,
Music, Open Play, Classes and Community”
 
 
Saturday (8/30)  7:00-11:00pm
 
Tickets: $15 in Advance ($20 Cash at the Door)
 

 

Join us for this very special experience at Athletic PlayGround. We’ll begin the evening with beautiful performances. Then the rest of the activities begin..

 

7:00pm Doors open

(Savannah room)
 

7:30pm Circus Performances

(Savannah room) 

TBD


8:15-11:00pm Hang Out/Play/Dance 

(Savannah room)

 

8:15-9:00pm AcroYoga Fun & Games Class! 

(Canyon room)

No experience is necessary - Accessible for everyone!

  

9:15-10:15pm Thai Massage Class! 

(Canyon room)

Come solo or with a partner!

Tickets include EVERYTHING!

To get $15 tickets: CLICK HERE!

$20 cash at the door ($10 after 10pm)
 

- All activities and classes are included in the event price.

- Ages 18+ Only

- No Aerials/Equipment during open time (Safety reasons..)
- Last minute schedule changes might happen.

 

Refreshments will include an abundance of baked goods from Arizmendi Bakery as well as other treats!

Join us and invite your friends to our Facebook Event!

WAIVER:  If this is your first time at Athletic Playground, or haven’t signed our new waiver yet (December 2012), please print out, sign, and bring this waiver with you to save time at the door.
To print the waiver: http://www.athleticplayground.com/APWaiver_dec2012.pdf

WANT TO HELP MAKE THIS EVENT HAPPEN?

Email shira@tagym.com

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Fort Building Slumber Party!
With Laura Sposato!
8/23, 8-11:55pm

Okay, so it’s not really a slumber party, but you should still come dressed in your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal! (Note: this is not necessarily what you wear to bed. Please dress appropriately). Come join us for our second installment of sleepover-inspired shenanigans! We will have games and fortbuilding in Savannah from 8:00 – 10:00, followed by open play till midnight!

Free (Suggested donation for non members: $10)

Fort Building Slumber Party!

With Laura Sposato!

8/23, 8-11:55pm

Okay, so it’s not really a slumber party, but you should still come dressed in your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal! (Note: this is not necessarily what you wear to bed. Please dress appropriately). Come join us for our second installment of sleepover-inspired shenanigans! We will have games and fortbuilding in Savannah from 8:00 – 10:00, followed by open play till midnight!

Free (Suggested donation for non members: $10)
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Contact Improv. Workshop Series: 8/24-9/7, 4:30-6:30pm
with Rosemary Hannon
Study the physical potential of falling and catching waves that propel. Investigate the detail of tilting, tipping, curves, spirals, seeing the ceiling, and falling in love with falling. Play with the details of disorientation; central axis of center, riding oblique angles, ripples of reception and redirection of force through the joints. Ripples through space increase integration and articulation, the parts and the whole.
This workshop explores the joy of physics; pushes, pulls and our relationship to gravity and each other. We’ll develop skills that increase choice and possibility in dances that move in and out of weight sharing. We’ll explore the subtle, and specific details of biomechanics through improvisation and specific somatic puzzles.
Drop ins $50 ($35 for members)
Full series: $105 ($75 for members)
10% off by 8/15
To sign up click here!

Contact Improv. Workshop Series: 8/24-9/7, 4:30-6:30pm

with Rosemary Hannon

Study the physical potential of falling and catching waves that propel. Investigate the detail of tilting, tipping, curves, spirals, seeing the ceiling, and falling in love with falling. Play with the details of disorientation; central axis of center, riding oblique angles, ripples of reception and redirection of force through the joints. Ripples through space increase integration and articulation, the parts and the whole.

This workshop explores the joy of physics; pushes, pulls and our relationship to gravity and each other. We’ll develop skills that increase choice and possibility in dances that move in and out of weight sharing. We’ll explore the subtle, and specific details of biomechanics through improvisation and specific somatic puzzles.

Drop ins $50 ($35 for members)

Full series: $105 ($75 for members)

10% off by 8/15

To sign up click here!

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Partner Acrobatics Workshop with Jim & Det!

10/17-19, 6-8:30pm

In this special partner acrobatics weekend Det & Jim will go deeper into the material of lifting, carrying, using each others momentum to develop power and grace. We will both work on details of basic techniques for bases and flyers, adapting knowledge and experience to another level and on advanced material concerning more challenging skills. The better the basics are understood and executed, the easier and faster the advanced tricks will be achieved.

We will put special emphasis on safety and efficiency in using the body.

All workshops can be attended by different level students.*

STRIKING DUTCH (Fri, 10/17)

Basic exercises and skills for handstands, shoulderstands, carrying on hands and on standing base. Technical exercises for carrying, positioning, momentum and lifting to achieve everything lightly, together and with senses.*

Pre-requisite skills: front bird, shoulderstand on hands, standing on shoulders (2-high)

TRANSFERRING DUTCH EXPERIENCE (Sat, 10/18)

Applying basic skills to exercises in higher (standing) positions. Different ways to come to feet to hand, hand to hand, shoulderstands. Essential details and optimizing lifts to high positions (high bird, star, feet to hand, etc).*

Pre-requisite skills: on lying base: foot to hand and shoulders to hands, high bird.

CONNECTING DUTCH LIFTING SKILLS (Sun, 10/19)

Other ways to hand to hand, shoulderstand on standing base. Lifts to high positions like pike, backwards bird and connecting one lift to another.*

Pre-requisite skills: free shoulderstand on feet, free standing on shoulders (2-high), pike on hands (on lying base).

* We will offer exercises of the same type on various levels – from beginning to advanced - in each workshop.

 

Costs:

3 workshops:$215 ($175 for members) <— $20 off by 10/3

2 workshops: $150 ($135 for members) <— $15 off by 10/3

1 Workshop: $80 ($70 for members) <— $7 off by 10/3

To sign up: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=4796&stype=-115&sTG=48&sView=day&sTrn=100000184

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Photo of the month!

Photo of the month!

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