Two New Ways to Save!

I am excited to announce two new ways to save when private booking lessons on CheerFullOut.com!

The first way to save is through promotions emailed out, and shared on social media. I am experimenting with pair of promotions that I will be running through the end of May. One promotion is a 50% discount on tumbling lessons booked by college cheerleaders and open team members. The other a $15 discount on half-hour and hour tumbling lessons for “tiny” and “mini” age (8 or younger) athletes. Depending on their popularity and success, I may continue the promotions beyond May, experiment with different promotions, or a combination of the two.

Click here for the College Cheer and Open Team Promotion!

Click here for the Tiny/Mini (8 and under) Promotion!

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The second new way to save when booking private lessons is the “special offers” tab when you first arrive on the Cheer: Full-Out scheduling page.

So, what are special offers? — The Special Offers feature automatically finds unfilled or less popular time slots available in my schedule each week and offers them to you at a discounted rate! Special offers are booked and paid for completely online by credit card, making scheduling, saving, and paying for private lessons easier than ever!

Click here to see this weeks special offers!

These promotions offers are currently only valid when booking lessons with Matt Faherty. I will look into expanding them to other providers in the future.

Make it a great week!
-Matt Faherty

Matt Faherty – Private Lesson Availability Update

Before my surgery, I disabled the ability for athletes and parents to book lessons with me using the online lesson scheduling portal. Recently, I have been in the gym more-and-more often, however I have not yet re-enabled online scheduling.

Unfortunately, some personal issues have recently come up, temporarily making regular transportation to-and-from the the gym difficult for me. As a result, it has been a challenge anticipating the exact dates and times I will be in the gym to offer lessons. For this reason, my online schedule is still currently disabled. I am working diligently to resolve these personal matters so that I can resume offering a regular lesson and class schedule as soon as possible!

In the meantime, I am excited to announce that I AM offering lessons on a limited basis at Core Athletix, starting immediately!  Below I have listed a few answers to questions about when these lessons are, and how to schedule them!

Q: What times will you be offering lessons?

A: Lesson availability will vary from week-to-week. On days that I have lesson times available, I will announce the openings on my personal Facebook page, as well as the Full-Out Cheer & Fitness Facebook page! Openings will most likely be announced on the day of, and are first come first serve. So remember to follow or like the Facebook page, and check it  frequently for updates!

 

Q: How do I schedule a lesson? Can I do it through the regular scheduling page?

A: Online scheduling for Matt Faherty is temporarily disabled. To schedule a lesson, call or text my cell directly at 585-402-1400, or email me at Coach.Matt@cheerfullout.com. I will be sure to respond in order to confirm your lesson ASAP!

 

Q: I’m very interested in scheduling a lesson, but am afraid that I’ll miss an announcement.

A: If you want to book a lesson, but are afraid of missing an availability announcement on facebook, contact me directly by  email, text, or phone to let me know you’re interested!  As soon as a lesson becomes available, I will personally call, text, or email to inform you of the opening!

 

I’m looking forward to working with many of the athletes I have missed over these past few months, as well as athletes new to Core Athletix this season!

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me!

Coach Matt Faherty
Cell: 585-402-1400
Email: coach.matt@cheerfullout.com

Matt’s Musings – Why Learning to Tumble is Like Learning to Read

After thinking about it a lot today, I realized that learning to tumble is a lot like learning to read. When you learn to read, you first need to learn each letter of the alphabet and the sound(s) it makes. Then you start to put basic words together using those letters and sounds. Finally you start to learn about more complex words, and tricky letter combinations and sounds.

Tumbling is much the same way. First you must learn body positions; tuck, hallow, arch, pike, lunge, etc. Then you start putting simple body positions together in a sequence. Handstands, forward rolls, and cartwheels are a good example of this. Last, we learn about using those same basic movements in more complex ways, learning tricky combinations of those same body positions. ex. Back handspring, front tuck, etc.

Far too often, we as coaches skip teaching those basic body shapes, and skills properly, or don’t spend enough time mastering them. I can’t count how many cheerleaders I have met through the years who were working back tucks without mastering a backward roll, who say they need to get their back handspring, when they can’t hold a handstand properly, and who want to work fulls, but can’t perfectly execute a layout.

If you have ever wondered why so many kids get mental blocks, try handing an encyclopedia to a second grader and ask them to read it. There might be some words in it that look familiar to them, but 98% of it will do nothing but cause confusion and anxiety. By letting kids work these hard skills before TRULY mastering basics, we only set them up for failure. We are teaching them to memorize and recite Shakespeare before they can sound out “See Spot Run” on their own.

By teaching kids from the start that each skill is not a unique snowflake, but just a series of previously learned, familiar, body shapes we make the skills much less overwhelming to learn, and unlock the ability for kids to be able to safely practice “sounding out new words” in classes without constantly needing a spot, constant feedback,  and 1 on 1 attention.

Anyways, that’s just what’s been on my mind today. Make it a good week everyone!

-Coach Matt

Matt’s Post-Surgery Update

I just wanted to let everyone know how my recovery is going, and take this time to shed some light on when I will be returning to the gym for lessons. I would have wrote you all sooner, but typing with one hand is more difficult than one would think.

It’s been a little over a month now, and I have been out of the gym longer than I planned. The damage done to my shoulder was greater than the surgeon first anticipated. What the orthopedic thought was a small tear, or a series of tears to the labrum of my shoulder, turned out to be a complete detachment of my labrum from the rest of my shoulder. The surgery was much more extensive, requiring 10 anchors to reassemble my shoulder, nearly double the amount of time in the O.R. , and a more lengthy, and in depth recovery process.

Over the past few weeks, I have been in the gym only briefly for my team’s practices, relying on the generosity of my boss Rob, my family members, and athletes for transportation, since I am still unable to drive.

I will slowly be returning to classes, and opening up times for lessons when I am cleared to drive, and my pain is under control, allowing me to be at the gym for more extended periods.

The good news is, although some days are better than others, in general, my pain has been getting better as I progress with my physical therapy. If all goes as planned, I will be out of my sling in 1-3 weeks, and able to drive shortly after.

Expect news of my returning to the gym for lessons in mid to late April. By then, lets hope this weather gets better and spring begins to show it’s face!

Wishing all of you the best, and hugs for my athletes,
– Coach Matt
Full-Out: Cheer & Fitness

My Thought Tonight

Tumbling is about the journey, not the destination.
Teaching it is a service, not a product.
A skill can not be bought like a commodity. — It can only be learned by practice and mastery of various fundamental sub-skills.
To lack the desire to learn, or to be taught is the only limiting factor.
And it is one that the athletes themselves control.

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Make it a great week!

-Matt Faherty

‘Tis the Season of Change in Cheerleading – Big Change for Rochester Clients, Changing Location of Lessons in May

As many of you have noticed, over the past few weeks I have limited the ability to book lessons at Fame All-Stars, in Rochester, starting in May, 2013. This is due to the fact that, in all-star cheerleading, May marks the end of one competitive season, and the beginning of the next.

May can be an exciting month in cheerleader. Often times, gym owners make huge changes to their programs, including rolling out new services, renovating their facilities, and hosting special clinics and workshops before team tryouts. May can also be a difficult time, as high-school seniors graduate and age off of teams, athletes decided not to cheer another season, and coaches come and go.

This May will be both an exciting and grim month for me, as I, like the gym owners, make large changes to the services I offer. I would like to take this time to tell everyone some of what is to come at the end of this current 2012-2013 season, and the beginning of the 2013-2014 season! I believe that the changes being made are necessary for me to further improve on the high-quality instruction, positive learning environment, and outstanding customer service I offer to my clients.

Starting May 1st, I will no longer be offering lessons at Fame All-Stars, in Rochester, NY

The decision to leave Fame has been a very difficult one for me, both professionally, and personally. I have spent the past two seasons coaching Fame athletes, traveling around the northeast to competitions, creating close bonds with teams’ families, and coaching alongside of some of the best instructors in both New York, and Virginia. Many of the bonds I share with people at Fame go much further back, some as far as nearly a decade. But I feel that it is time for me to take the next step in my career, and begin the next chapter in my life. Although I will discontinue offering lessons at Fame on May 1st, I will be leaving Fame as a coach on May 6th, after US Finals in Virginia Beach, Fame’s last competition of the 2012-2013 cheer season. I wish everyone at Fame All-Stars, both here in NY and in Virginia, the best during the upcoming season.

Beginning the week of May 6th, I will begin offering lessons and classes at Core Athletix, in Rochester, NY

Core Athletix is a multi-purpose training facility, specializing in tumbling and cheerleading. Core’s large training area, and vast amounts of training and safety equipment, will allow me to better train athletes, and keep them safer while doing it. The facility also has a large, comfortable, lobby/parent viewing area, which keeps the training spaces free from distractions, such as siblings, crying babies, and parent conversations. Reducing of distractions keeps the athletes focused on training, improving their performance, while also keeping them safe.

Core Athletix is located about 10-15 minutes away from the previous location Core’s address is 1344 University Ave. Suite #5000 in Rochester, NY.

More information, including “frequently asked questions” about these, and other changes, will be posted in within the next few days. I will also be updating my online scheduling calendar to reflect the changes, and allow you to book lessons at Core Athletix as soon as possible! I am still working to finalize the times in which equipment will be available for me to offer lessons.

More Lesson Times Avaliable — In Multiple Locations!

Due to an increase in demand for lessons, and the high-school cheer season ending, I have added early evening time slots to my availability.

4:00 – 5:45pm will now be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Sports Academy in Victor.

4:00 to 6:00pm on Wednesdays will now be available at Fame All-Stars, in Rochester.

I have now completely switched to my new scheduling page. Be sure to use the new scheduling page, by using the link that says “Book Now!” at the top of the page!

Thank you,
Coach Matt