16 Ways to Overcome Psychological (Mental) Block in Gymnastics

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Virtually 70% of high level gymnasts have experienced psychological blocking. Psychological blocking which is also commonly called mental block is the inability to perform a skill previously performed with ease. Only a small percentage of these athletes experience blocking to the point that it disrupts their performance. Nonetheless, for those who do, the experience is devastating. Occasionally, a clear-cut starting point identifies the origin of the psychological blocking problem – … Read More

Emily Moskalenko, an 8 year old amazing “Pole Dancer”

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Emily Moskalenko is a Ukrainian acrobat (or should we call her a gymnast?) who recently got the chance to show off her skills on the Romanian talent show Next Star. With just a stage, two poles, and bones that are possibly made of rubber, Emily performed a routine unlike anything that the judges had seen before. She completely stuns the … Read More

Top 5 Reasons You May Need to Switch Gyms

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[tps_header]There are two reasons gymnasts usually switch gyms. Some are habitual gym hoppers who are always going somewhere new looking for something different, and then there are those that leave for legitimate reasons. Below are the top 5 reasons you may need to switch gyms.[/tps_header] Reason 1: Safety Reasons If your gym is unsafe, or you have safety concerns that … Read More

Gymnastics vs. Dance – Which One is Better?

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Dancing is a part of gymnastics and many dancers love to do gymnastics, so how do you determine which is better? Both gymnastics and dance have similar elements, but many people have a favorite between the two. If you are trying to decide whether to concentrate solely on dancing or gymnastics there are many things to consider to decide which … Read More

Artistic vs. Rhythmic Gymnastics – Which is the Best?

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To many, gymnastics is gymnastics! But, to those that know there is a definite line between the two types of gymnastics, artistic and rhythmic confusing the two is almost a punishable crime. Whether you talk to a fan of artistic gymnastics or rhythmic gymnastics, you will likely hear a long story or heated debate about which is better and why. … Read More

Where to Find Great Gymnastics Leotards

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Whether your daughter is in recreational or competitive gymnastics, she will need leotards. In fact, even if your gym doesn’t require gymnasts to show up in a leo at their first class, your daughter will probably want one. If she is like most gymnasts, she’ll probably want more than one. Most gymnasts have entire drawers or sections of their closet … Read More

Everything We Need to Know About the Balance Beam

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The balance beam, usually referred to simply as beam, is a women’s gymnastics event. In Olympic order, the balance beam is the third of four events completed during competition. A traditional competition beam is raised about 4 feet off the ground, measures 4 inches wide, and is 16 ½ feet long from end to end. The top of a beam … Read More

Best Balance Beam for Home Practice and Where to Find It

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If you have a gymnast in your life, you probably have or need an at-home beam. Balance beams are actually the easiest at-home gymnastics equipment your gymnasts can use, and at the same time one of the most difficult events for any gymnast to master. That being sad, getting one at home for your gymnast will benefit them. A home … Read More

Gymnastics Insurance – How to Find the Right Policy

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Whether you run a recreational gym or a highly competitive gym, you will need gymnastics insurance. While having the proper insurance policy isn’t always something gym owners think about, it is extremely important, and can protect the gym and the owners if an accident or incident were to occur. There are a ton of options out there and finding the … Read More