The Healthy Way
Unlike other waterproofers in New Jersey, we provide our customers with a streamlined process for all of their waterproofing needs. Our goal is to get to the crux of your home’s issues. If we spot signs of water in your basement, we go right to the source of the problem, working hard to fix structural deficiencies to prevent problems like mold growth and foundation damage. We are proud to be New Jersey’s one-stop shop for all of your basement waterproofing needs. New Jersey homeowners choose Healthy Way because our experts are friendly, experienced, harworking, and fully certified. We won’t rest until your waterproofing problems are solved. Because we specialize in both interior and exterior waterproofing services, you won’t have to worry about hiring a laundry list of contractors to correct your moisture problems. With Healthy Way provides all-inclusive basement waterproofing in Highlands, it’s no surprise that New Jersey residents trust Healthy Way to make their homes more livable every day.
The Healthy Way Difference
At Healthy Way, we strive to set ourselves apart from the competition by offering the best basement waterproofing services in New Jersey. We won’t be happy with our work until you are 100% satisfied, whether you need a thorough moisture inspection or a large-scale waterproofing project. Our basement waterproofing experts are certified, trained, and have worked on more than 4,000 repairs. They understand that your moisture problems aren’t like anybody else’s, which is why all of our waterproofing proposals are created specifically for your home. You won’t find any “one-size-fits-all” solutions here, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
- Best warranties in the industry
- Free initial inspection
- Full-service basement waterproofing
- Mold remediation
- Foundation repair
- Water management solutions tailored to your unique situation
Once your basement waterproofing project is complete, we make it a point to keep our staff available to address any questions or concerns you may have. Our goal is your 100% satisfaction, from the moment you call our office to schedule an inspection to the time you sign off on our work.
Waterproofing Services in New Jersey
With more than two decades of experience and a team of fully certified and trained waterproofing professionals, there is no waterproofing project in New Jersey that we can’t handle. When not addressed, water and moisture problems can cause serious health risks for your family. We’re talking buckling walls, sinking foundations, and even toxic mold. With your home’s value and your family’s health on the line, you must attack these problems head-on, and the best way to do that is by bringing in the Healthy Way team. Some signs of existing water problems in your home can include:
- Signs of rust or oxidation on metal fixtures
- Mildew residue
- Water stains on your foundation’s walls and floors
- Erosion of your concrete
- Mineral deposits found on pipes
- Flooded landscaping after heavy rain or snow
- Pooling water around your foundation’s interior
- Humidity levels above 60% in your basement or crawlspace
Basement Waterproofing in Highlands
Healthy Way has been providing the most trusted, effective basement waterproofing in New Jersey since 2007. Waterproofing your basement is crucial to protecting the value of your home and the safety of your family. That is why we only employ the best, brightest, fully-certified experts, who will treat your home like it was their very own. Taking shortcuts just isn’t in our nature. We use innovative technology and time-tested techniques to discover and solve your basement’s water-related problems.
Because basement wall leaks and water seepage are often caused by structural issues, external waterproofing is required. While some companies only seal the interior walls of your basement, Healthy Way goes the extra mile to fix your water issues inside and out. That way, your basement leaks stop for good.
Once we find the root of the water issues in your basement, we will get to work on a custom-designed solution that will exceed your basement waterproofing needs.
Our basement waterproofing services in New Jersey help prevent the following problems:
- Mold growth, which can cause serious health hazards for your family
- Basement flooding
- Loss of valuables
- Serious water damage to your home’s walls and floors
- Decrease in home value
Don’t wait to address the moisture developing in your basement – call Healthy Way today for a customized solution to your water seepage problems.
What Causes Moisture in Your Basement?
It’s easy to spot water leaking through a crack in your basement, but most homeowners don’t know that there is a potential for water issues without heavy rains or obvious signs of standing water. At Healthy Way, we try to educate our clients on the real causes of water in your basement. Here are two of the most common reasons why you might need basement waterproofing in Highlands:
The “Clay Bowl” Effect
It might not be evident on the surface, but many basements are built in a below-grade dip, which is surrounded by backfill. Because backfill is made up of soil that was removed during foundation digging, it creates an empty shape or “bowl” effect. Once the foundation is finished, this loose soil is placed back around the foundation. Unfortunately, soil of this consistency is more absorbent and porous than the undisturbed soil around it, which is hard-packed and less porous. When rain or thunderstorms occurs, the soil closest to your home becomes saturated, putting pressure on your basement walls.
This kind of pressure affects homeowners with property built below the water table or on a hillside where water runs down a hill. When the soil around your foundation becomes saturated, it will expand and put intense pressure on the walls of your foundation and basement. This pressure can create cracks, giving water an easy route into your basement.
How Healthy Way Solves Your Basement Waterproofing Needs
Having a wet basement not only puts your health at risk, it lowers the value of your home and makes it more difficult to sell. The good news? We offer a number of waterproofing services and products to solve your problems fast. A few of our solutions include:
- Sump pumps
- Perimeter drainage systems
- Doorway drainage systems
- High-strength washer hoses
- Floor and wall crack repair
- Replacement windows
- Flood protection for your water heater
When you use Healthy Way for basement waterproofing in New Jersey, you can rest easy knowing that all our systems come with a written, lifetime warranty. This warranty is transferrable, meaning you can re-establish your home’s value and give future owners confidence knowing that their new home is protected.
The Healthy Way Basement Waterproofing Process
Because every home is different, your basement waterproofing solution could be vastly different than that of your next-door neighbor. Many factors play a part when it comes to keeping your basement dry and safe for living. As a general rule, we approach each issue with a “prevention over repair” mindset. By taking this stance, we give our clients a more cost-effective, long-term resolution. We’re not in the business of putting a “Band-Aid” on your water problem – we want to fix your issue completely, so you don’t have to worry about recurring problems. Our effective basement waterproofing systems include a mix of the following strategies:
Interior waterproofing methods usually start with our team ensuring that any holes or cracks in your basement floors, walls, and windows are sealed properly. Sealing cracks in your basement is an important first step since this is usually the first place where water can enter your home. Our sealants keep your basement dry and help prevent more moisture from finding its way into your home. Interior waterproofing strategies like these also help lower humidity levels in your basement. While sealants and other interior waterproofing strategies help correct initial issues, they don’t usually solve the underlying problem causing leaks in your basement. Those issues are most often found outside your home.
Once our team is finished with your interior waterproofing, we will move to the exterior of your home. Waterproofing the outside of your home is often a more complex, nuanced goal. Because of the difficult nature of exterior waterproofing, we recommend you consult with our team of professionals before tackling the job on your own. Generally speaking, our team beings the outdoor waterproofing process by excavating the soil around your home’s foundation. Once we remove the soil surrounding your foundation, our experts will apply a polymer-based sealant to any cracks we discover. This sealant is a long-term solution and should remain intact for the life of your home. While the Healthy Way team solves your outdoor moisture problems, we will also check your downspouts, to make sure they aren’t clogged. An inefficient gutter system does a poor job of directing water away from your home’s foundation, which can cause more moisture to seep into your basement over time.
One of the most common reasons that people need basement waterproofing in cityname is because they have a poor drainage system. A proper drainage system is paramount in keeping your basement dry and your family safe. These systems are meant to direct water away from your home and come in many forms, from French Drains to simple systems like ground soil. If you’re thinking of installing a complex drainage system, save yourself some time and check the soil around your foundation first to make sure it isn’t retaining moisture. If a more complex system like a sump pump is required, it’s best to work with certified professionals like those at Healthy Way, to make sure your drainage system is installed correctly.
WHICH WATERPROOFING SOLUTION IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Because every home is different, it’s hard to say what kind of waterproofing solution is right for your situation. Most homeowners require a combination of interior and exterior waterproofing. There are dozens of factors that come into play when it comes to waterproofing your home, so the answer to your problem may be different than your neighbor’s. The good news is that Healthy Way is fully equipped to handle whatever moisture issue you’re having. We will work tirelessly to make certain your basement is dry, mold-free, and safe to enjoy. That way, you can get back to living life rather than worrying about mold growth or foundation damage.Contact Us
GET IT DONE RIGHT, THE FIRST TIME
Other companies may offer temporary or partial solutions. At Healthy Way, we believe in correcting the problem completely, so you save money and have long-term peace of mind. Our goal is to fix your problem to prevent it from coming back, or we won’t do the work!
If you require quality basement waterproofing, it all starts with a FREE inspection from our certified waterproofing experts. We will take as much time as you need to find your problem, develop a solution, and walk you through our process step-by-step.
Don’t let water leaks and foundation damage create a dangerous environment in your home; contact the experts at Healthy Way today!
Latest News in Highlands
REVIEW: Kevin Smith’s SModcastle opens in NJ, and it’s awesome!
Photo: The new SModcastle is next door to the original Quick Stop Groceries from the movie Clerks. Photo by John Soltes.Kevin Smith, one of the most beloved sons of New Jersey, has given back to his state in numerous ways over the decades. He’s the filmmaker behind such cultural trendsetters as Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and everything Jay and Silent Bob. With his right-hand man, Jason Mewes, he has created an empire of media consumption, and his success has not drawn him too far away from his home s...
Photo: The new SModcastle is next door to the original Quick Stop Groceries from the movie Clerks. Photo by John Soltes.
Kevin Smith, one of the most beloved sons of New Jersey, has given back to his state in numerous ways over the decades. He’s the filmmaker behind such cultural trendsetters as Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and everything Jay and Silent Bob. With his right-hand man, Jason Mewes, he has created an empire of media consumption, and his success has not drawn him too far away from his home state.
On a routine basis, Smith heads to New Jersey to appear before the throngs of fans who have grown up with his work. Last year, during the pandemic, he offered a drive-in podcast special with Mewes. This November, he’s headed to the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, New Jersey, for a special screening of a new documentary called Clerk. He also owns a comic book store in Red Bank, New Jersey.
And now there’s SModcastle, billed as the Garden State’s first-ever podcasting theater, and it’s location is perfect: two storefronts down from the original Quick Stop Groceries featured in the movie Clerks (the actual store where Smith worked way back when).
Friday, July 9 saw the official opening of the SModcastle with three different programs, including the premiere of a new animated movie and a vegan-centric podcast featuring Smith and his actor daughter, Harley Quinn Smith.
This reviewer headed to Leonardo, New Jersey, located on the northern tip of the Jersey Shore, a stone’s throw away from Sandy Hook, for a live taping of Jay and Silent Bob Get Old, the decade-long podcast featuring Smith and Mewes. The premise for this project is Mewes’ well-earned sobriety. Over the course of 75-90 minutes, the two talk about anything and everything, but most of the dialogue is framed around Mewes’ recovery and some memories of the darker days.
At the SModcastle’s opening show, which was sold out with 50 fangirls and fanboys in attendance, Smith and Mewes brought their unmistakable comedy chops. They riffed on drugs, relationships and growing up in the local area. They relayed memories of Highlands hangouts, including one infamous bridge, and how their experience has been this time around in New Jersey (the two are apparently calling the Garden State home for these summer months).
As in everything Smith does, there were repeated gratitudes sent to the audience and those tuning in at home. He is a cultural phenomenon built on his creativity, but also the fanbase’s undying love for his artistic output. He offered thanks, thanks, thanks for the continued support, and he even posed for pictures with each and every fan after the show.
The actual SModcastle is a cool place to catch a podcast recording. It holds something like 50 seats, has great lighting and sound, and food and drinks are allowed from the Quick Stop next door. The stage is intimate, backed by curtains and an enormous TV screen. Everything went off without a hitch, which is a credit to the hard-working staff.
Smith will be around all weekend for more podcasts. Although Saturday, July 10’s offerings are sold out, there is still availability for Sunday, July 11. Also, hints were dropped that Smith will be at SModcastle all summer long, and after that, he’ll make monthly visits — 30 years later, and he’s still putting New Jersey on the map.
By John Soltes / Publisher / [email protected]
SModcastle is now open in Leonardo, New Jersey. Click here for more information.
Important Key to Fat Loss That You Can Start Now – Fitness Friday
The Summer of 2021 in South Jersey has been the first signs of normalcy for many people and so many are doing everything they can to get out of their houses to enjoy the weather plus all that the Jersey Shore has to offer. Whether you are already in the physical shape you want or still working towards your goals, maybe you are still trying to shed the "Pandemic Weight" or you are about to give up on losing the weight as you get older. Whatever your situation is right now, you may not have utilized the mot simple key to fat loss ava...
The Summer of 2021 in South Jersey has been the first signs of normalcy for many people and so many are doing everything they can to get out of their houses to enjoy the weather plus all that the Jersey Shore has to offer. Whether you are already in the physical shape you want or still working towards your goals, maybe you are still trying to shed the "Pandemic Weight" or you are about to give up on losing the weight as you get older. Whatever your situation is right now, you may not have utilized the mot simple key to fat loss available to anyone who is willing to do it.
The most important of the three Macronutrients is Protein and it should be the priority food item you should be consuming every day. Approximately 20 percent of the Human Body is Protein and every cell in your body is made of proteins. We know that Water makes up at least 60 percent of the body\'s makeup; So drinking water and eating protein are the most important items you can consume every day with 80 percent of your body is made up from those two things.
But what if I told you that Protein is the key nutrient for Fat Loss? Well here\'s the simple explanation of how this works:
-Consuming protein helps satiate your appetite, making your stomach feel fuller and less likely to want to eat more
-Protein is important for healthy blood sugar which is essential for maintained weight loss by slowing the release of glucose and reducing glucose peaks which impacts the bodies need to insulin to work overtime which prevents the Fat Storage process
So if you eat more Protein, you are less likely to eat unhealthy foods. Also, eating protein causes the body to change its focus to use food and stored fat for energy instead of packing on the inches. Here\'s one of many studies that illustrates this reality:
*McMaster University Researchers took two groups of obese young men with one group of subjects consume 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight each day and the second group consumed only 0.5 grams of protein per pound. Both groups did the same four week exercise routine, both groups followed the same calorie deficit diet, the only difference was their protein intake. At the end of the Four Weeks, the group who ate more protein lost more body fat than the lower protein group, nearly 5 pounds more overall.
*The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition published a study in 2016 that had two groups follow an eight week exercise and food program with one major difference between the two sets of subjects: One group consumed 1 gram per pound of body weight with set number of total calories white the other had a set protein intake of 1.5 grams per pound of body weight and also this group consumed 500 more calories per day. The results were that the 1.5-grams of protein group after eight weeks shed an average of 5 pounds of body fat compared to the 1-gram per pound of body weight group showed no significant fat loss. So the subjects that ate 50 percent more protein and 500 more calories per day lost an average of five pounds more body fat compared to the subjects who ate less protein and calories.
These are just two studies that illustrate that eating more protein will help you lose fat which means you will have a healthier body composition. More protein and less carbohydrates along with more protein than fats will prevent any excess fat gains and allow the body to lose those inches that are frustrating for all of us.
So whether you want to eat more Chicken or Beef or Turkey or Fish with each meal every day, over a period of weeks you could initiate fat loss and maintain better body composition. Of course, the increase in protein intake for fat loss must be done in conjunction with healthy eating habits daily and some form of exercise each week. As we discussed in a previous Fitness Friday, if you plan to eat 80 percent of the week healthy while treating yourself the other 20 percent of the week along with Exercising once a day four to six days per week, combine this with increased protein intake and YOU can use the science to change your health.
*DISCLAIMER: If you have any animal meat or dairy allergies/issues, please consult your doctor about what you can eat each day. Also, if you or your family have a history of Kidney Issues, you cannot consume high quantities of certain types of Protein without negative side effects. Every meal plan or dietary program should be customized for you and your body\'s needs, do not use any "cookie cutter" or "one-size-fits-all" programs for long term results.
*Josh Hennig is more than just a Daily Host and Producer for 973 ESPN Atlantic City: Josh is a Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS) from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and studied The Psychology of Weight Control. Josh is a former NASM Certified Personal Trainer and studied Fitness Supplementation. Follow his personal IG for more Fitness and Life stuff: @joshuashennig
Highlands Council Approves Funding for Projects in Sussex and Morris Counties
Highlands Council Approves Funding for Projects in Sussex and Morris CountiesStormwater Management, Town Center Planning, and more on the horizonCHESTER, N.J. — At its most recent meeting, the New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council approved more than $145,500 in grants to Highlands municipalities for planning activities that help advance the goals of the Highlands Regional Master Plan (RMP).In Sussex County, Vernon Township was approved for over $80,000 for three separa...
Highlands Council Approves Funding for Projects in Sussex and Morris Counties
Stormwater Management, Town Center Planning, and more on the horizon
CHESTER, N.J. — At its most recent meeting, the New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council approved more than $145,500 in grants to Highlands municipalities for planning activities that help advance the goals of the Highlands Regional Master Plan (RMP).
In Sussex County, Vernon Township was approved for over $80,000 for three separate projects to address Farmland Preservation, Stormwater Management, and Municipal Center and Trail Planning. Harding Township in Morris County will develop a Water Use and Conservation Management Plan. Per the Highlands Act, municipalities in the region are eligible to apply for grant funding to support planning work that helps advance the goals of the RMP.
“In the past few years, we’ve seen increasing engagement from municipalities in the Highlands interested in advancing local goals and projects,” said Lisa J. Plevin, Highlands Council Executive Director. “As we emerge from the pandemic, municipalities are more sharply focused than ever on maximizing resources and opportunities to create strong, resilient communities. The Highlands Council can play a significant role in supporting these efforts.”
Following is a summary of municipal requests approved for funding at this meeting.
“The diversity of projects approved for funding at tonight’s meeting reflect not only the pressing needs of these specific municipalities, but the common goals shared throughout the Highlands region,” said Carl Richko, Chairman of the Highlands Council. “The Highlands Act was put in place to protect water resources because they are essential to vibrant towns, active agriculture, and the beautiful open spaces we all enjoy. We are grateful to our municipal partners for helping us all move closer to achieving that vision.”
Actions taken by the Council at this meeting will take effect following the Governor’s review and consideration of the meeting minutes, up to 10 business days from receipt of the minutes. Materials related to this meeting including resolutions, presentations, audio and minutes will be posted at: www.nj.gov/njhighlands/about/calend/index.html (click on July 15 meeting).
The Highlands Council is a regional planning agency, established in 2004 with the passage of the New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act and charged with implementation of the Act. More information is available at www.nj.gov/njhighlands.
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FilmOneFest – Back as a Normal Festival After a Year Online
Atlantic Highlands Arts Council
Film festival to feature submissions by aspiring filmmakers from over 104 countries.ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, N.J. ? A sizable number of submissions, and the addition of the two new Female Filmmaker and Urban categories are a few of the exciting new features of FilmOneFest 2021 to be held on Saturday, July 17. The festival takes place in the Atlantic Highlands Harbor from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Admission and parking are free, and guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to watch the main screening which begins at 9:00 ...
Film festival to feature submissions by aspiring filmmakers from over 104 countries.
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, N.J. ? A sizable number of submissions, and the addition of the two new Female Filmmaker and Urban categories are a few of the exciting new features of FilmOneFest 2021 to be held on Saturday, July 17. The festival takes place in the Atlantic Highlands Harbor from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Admission and parking are free, and guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to watch the main screening which begins at 9:00 PM under the stars!
Now in its thirteenth year, FilmOneFest has become the go-to event for super short-format filmmakers, both amateur and professional, from around the globe. Filmmakers from 104 countries submitted 2,297 super-short films this year. “Audiences are always amazed at how filmmakers rise to the challenge of telling a complete story in less than two minutes,” Corinna Thuss, Director said.
Also new this year is PJ Bracco as Submissions Director, leading a team of professionals to select the films for the festival. “What a fantastic and fascinating run up this year’s FilmOneFest. I’ve been involved with the festival for the past several years, but watching the submissions roll in from the beginning has been amazing. Given the obstacles and overwhelming conditions we’ve all been facing for the past year or so, it has been so uplifting to see that so many truly amazing films were made and submitted. Independent filmmaking did not take a back seat. I’m very excited about FilmOneFest 2021!”
Festival goers will enjoy the performance of Rock Bottom, a musical act from LakeHouse Music Academy, beginning at 7:00 PM. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq3FjByG1_E
Food trucks will return this year including Station One, Hot Dogs on First and Mr. Softee Ice Cream.
This year’s judges’ panel includes perennial favorites film editor Susan Littenberg (13 Going on 30, Charlotte’s Web, Bathtubs Over Broadway), film reviewer/historian Victor Zak (Arts & Liesure, APP) and television network executive and producer Jon Crowley (HGTV, Impractical Jokers, Marriage Boot Camp), Newcomers include Adam Cushman, owner of Film 14, Demethress Davis, a writer of screenplays and fiction, and Camryn Monteforte, co-owner of Meemoms and podcaster.
The Alice Kupper Launch Party, Friday, July 16
The annual Launch Party for FilmOneFest is by invitation only. The party takes place on the eve of the festival at the Atlantic Highlands Arts Gallery, 54 1st Ave, starting at 7:00 PM. The invitees will enjoy refreshments, meet filmmakers and FOF Sponsors, and congratulate this year’s Community Service Award winner, Alice Kupper, PE long time supporter of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council and FilmOneFest .
Event Day, Saturday, July 17
FilmOneFest formally begins at 7:00 PM at the marina, with music and food at 9:00 PM, the screening of more than 50 of the best short films of 2021 begins. Judges’ top picks will be announced, including the Gartenberg Memorial Award for Excellence in Filmmaking. Other awards include Best Comedy, Best Drama, Best Animation, Best Sci Fi, Best Experimental, Best Student, Best NJ Filmmaker, Best Documentary, and Director’s Choice. New categories include Female Filmmaker and Urban Filmmaker. The perennial favorite Audience Choice Award will be back, selected in real time by the audience and will be given a $100 prize as well.
Walk-in admission is free for the main screen/lawn; no pre-registration is required. Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted on the great lawn. The event is ADA Listening devices available. This year there will be no premium or VIP seating though we hope to bring it back next year.
Rain date is Sunday, July 18; if it rains on July 18th, a new date will be selected in the fall. Up-to-minute updates will be posted on the website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in the event of bad weather.
Volunteer and Sponsor Supported
FilmOneFest is 100% volunteer-produced, and proceeds support the Atlantic Highlands Food Pantry, and will collect donations at the event.
FilmOneFest thanks its premium sponsors PepsiCo and Alice Kupper, PE. and our other sponsors which include Satellite Self Storage & Truck Rental, Atlantic Highlands Historical Society, Cheryl and Ray Peterson of Coldwell Banker, Olga Mackin of Berkshire Hathaway – Fox & Roach Realty, Mary Lynn Hughes of Resources Real Estate, ReUnion RX Pharmacy, Atlantic Highlands for Equity and Justice, Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor, Seastreak, Lakehouse Music Academy, Red Hook Films, Film 14, Meemoms, Marquee Consulting Alliance, and the Monmouth County Arts Council. FilmOneFest is also grateful for the continued support of Tom Bernard and Sony Pictures Classics.
Individuals can make donations to this free event by visiting FilmOneFest.org, scrolling down on the home page and clicking on the “Donate Now” button!
FilmOneFest is a project of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen community through the arts. For more information about their gallery openings, free art classes etc, go to www.aharts.org.
This program is made possible in part by Monmouth Arts through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and The New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
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Middletown Trampoline Academy Owner Will Coach In Tokyo Olympics
From Hwy. 35 to Tokyo: Tatiana Kovaleva, who owns Elite Trampoline Academy, will coach two Americans on the trampoline this summer.MIDDLETOWN, NJ — The owner of a well-known Middletown gymnastics academy will head to Tokyo later this month, as she has been selected to coach two trampoline athletes for Team USA.The coach is Tatiana Kovaleva, who owns Elite Trampoline Academy off Rt. 35 in Middletown. She also lived in Middletown for years, but just recently relocated to Holmdel."I feel very special and I\'m l...
From Hwy. 35 to Tokyo: Tatiana Kovaleva, who owns Elite Trampoline Academy, will coach two Americans on the trampoline this summer.
MIDDLETOWN, NJ — The owner of a well-known Middletown gymnastics academy will head to Tokyo later this month, as she has been selected to coach two trampoline athletes for Team USA.
The coach is Tatiana Kovaleva, who owns Elite Trampoline Academy off Rt. 35 in Middletown. She also lived in Middletown for years, but just recently relocated to Holmdel.
"I feel very special and I\'m looking forward to supporting Team USA and doing the best I can," Kovaleva, 46, told Patch Friday. "It\'s exciting the Olympics are even actually taking place, after being canceled and postponed from last year. That was very mentally stressful for the athletes (to see them canceled). They\'ve all tried and worked so hard."
Kovaleva, who herself is the 1996 world champion, will not be coaching any local gymnasts from Monmouth County or even New Jersey.
Instead, she will be coaching Aliaksei Shostak, 26, and Nicole Ahsinger, 24, on the trampoline, who both train in Louisiana. They both specifically requested Kovaleva to coach them as they try to win gold. Their coach cannot coach them because he will be a judge in this summer\'s Olympics.
The world of trampoline is very small, Kovaleva explained.
"I\'ve known them for a long time, since they were young teenagers just entering the sport," she said. "I have a good relationship with their gym owner. It\'s a very big honor I was asked."
This will actually be Kovaleva\'s second time going to the Olympics as a coach: In 2012, she coached U.S. gymnasts in the London summer Olympics. Team USA did not medal that year in trampoline.
Kovaleva is scheduled to fly from New Jersey to Tokyo on July 22; she will stay with the athletes at the Olympic Village.
This year\'s Olympics may prove quite challenging for some of the athletes, especially the younger teens, as no family or fans — even their own parents — will be allowed to accompany them. This is due to virus lock downs in Japan.
"I want to be there to make them comfortable even in these circumstances — an Olympics with no fans in the stands, no family, no spectators," she said. "I just want to provide the best atmosphere I can. I\'m hoping that this won\'t make them any less excited and prevent them from trying their very best."
Of course, Kovaleva and many others were hoping local star Jeffrey Gluckstein would qualify for the 2020 Olympics this summer.
Gluckstein, 28, was raised right here in Atlantic Highlands and he just won his seventh national title on the trampoline. He also won the silver medal in the most recent Pan American Games. He and his older brother, Steven Gluckstein, 31, are the two most famous athletes to come out of Kovaleva\'s gym. Steven is now a coach himself.
Jeffery was named the 2018 Athlete of the Year by USA Gymnastics and he\'s a student at Brookdale Community College. You can read his bio here: https://www.gymnastics.sport/s...
"Jeffery unfortunately did not have enough points to qualify," she said. "He just didn\'t do as well as we expected. He\'s disappointed; he\'s devastated it went that way. It just didn\'t happen for him this time, unfortunately."
"It\'s a stressful, complicated process to be an Olympian and get to the Olympics," she said. "But there have been a lot of accomplishments in his career so far and I\'m proud of him. There will be other opportunities."
Kovaleva is originally from St. Petersburg, Russia and she started training on the trampoline at age 6. She competed with the Russian National team and won the world championship in 1996.
After retiring, she moved to the United States and began coaching. Kovaleva has owned Elite Trampoline Academy in Middletown since 2011.