Jessica Punch is the owner, founder, and head coach of Punch Gymnastics. She has been coaching competitive and recreational gymnastics for over 8 years and has produced many successful athletes along the way. She retired as a level 10 gymnast and coaches from years of training, as well as from her experience as a gymnast.
She believes that coaching goes beyond skill achievement and is more about self-development and gaining confidence. As the established author of The Heart of an Athlete – A Guide to Conquer Mental Blocks, she applies those concepts found in her writing which benefit gymnasts and athletes alike.
In her experience as a competitive gymnast and competitive crossfit athlete, she believes in building well-rounded athletes and has seen the benefit of incorporating crossfit-like movements and workouts in her programming. Jessica also includes ballet basics, as much of the choreography for the compulsory routines are made up of ballet.
Throughout her coaching career, Jessica has choreographed multiple routines for optional level gymnasts. She quotes, “The most enjoyable part about creating routines is choreographing movements that capture the personality of the individual gymnast.”
Teaching is wonderfully rewarding, and Coach Jess loves working with young athletes and seeing them grow and experience success. She believes that positivity is extremely important in order for children to succeed and is known for investing in her athlete’s mental development. She strives to be organized and professional and continues her growth as a coach by staying current with her training and certifications. She is also a certified Zumbini instructor. “I love the Zumbini program and believe in it’s benefits.” Jessica quotes. She continues, “It teaches cognitive, emotional, social, and motor development for kids and creates a sense of community for all participants.” When asked, what inspires her, Jessica states ,”What pulls me out of bed each morning is being able to make a difference and positively affect the world around me. In addition, it is important to me that my students have FUN!!”