7 Sports to Consider When You Retire Your Leo

No matter how much talent you have or how hard you work in the gym, there is going to come a day when it’s time to hang up the leotard. Whether your gymnastics career is cut short due to fear, finance, injury, or time restraints – sooner or later, it will happen. Instead of worrying about what you are going … Read More

Understanding Sever’s Disease and Gymnastics

Sever's Disease

Sever’s Disease can come on Quickly A few days before my daughter’s third gymnastics meet of the season, she began to complain of heel pain in her left foot. She’d been practicing hard and I just chalked it up to overuse. When the heel of the left foot began to swell, I still didn’t think much of it. We simply … Read More

Gymnastics Mats for Home Use – Buying Guide

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Whether your gymnast has just started tumbling or you have an experienced tumbler at home, you and they will benefit from having gymnastics mats at home. The truth of the matter is a gymnast is never still and soon most of the furniture in your home will be used as an apparatus! Unfortunately, unlike the gym, a home’s floors aren’t … Read More

Your Ultimate Gymnastics Leotards Buying Guide

gymnastics leotards buying guide

Gymnastics leotards are an essential part of any gymnasts’ wardrobe. With a wide variety of colors and fabrics, it’s easy to get carried away while shopping. However, it’s important to consider fit, brand, shape, cut, fabric, sleeves, gymnast’s measurements, whether you’re buying a competition or training leo, and your gymnast’s personal preference to ensure you get leos they will actually … Read More

5 Steps to Develop Mental Toughness – Flex Your Most Important Muscle

mental-thoughness

Mentally tough people can get through just about anything life throws at them. It’s an invaluable quality that will allow you to always perform at a high level, no matter how difficult your job or life gets. Mentally tough people just know how to thrive. And it’s a skill you can build. We figure there’s no better expert on the subject … Read More

29 Signs You Know You’re an “Ex-Gymnast”

Once upon a time, you were a highly competitive gymnast. It was your life. You might not have even been that good in gymnast terms, but in other people terms, you were amazing (because you said yes when they asked “can you do a flip?”). You worked out more days a week than you went to school. Now you feel … Read More

Avoiding the Parent Trap

Avoiding the parent trap in Gymnastics

Of all the wonderful things that sports offers our kids today, I never thought that I would get sucked into the so-called “parent trap”. I admit, it’s not one of my proudest moments, I was turning into “that” gym mom. Luckily, I came to see the err of my ways early on and was able to course correct. In a world … Read More

Sacrificing the Ordinary for the Extraordinary

Sacrificing the Ordinary for the Extraordinary

People often come up to me and ask me if I am upset about sacrificing my entire childhood for gymnastics. Spending over 14,000 hours of my youth in a gym could seem like huge sacrifice to many, and at first I bought into that idea. After all, it made my athletic story better when it is full of drama and … Read More

4 Simple Ways to Eat Healthy as a Gymnast

Eat Healthy as a Gymnast

Killer training and practice are not the only things that help a gymnast’s body and performance. One factor that also determines a gymnast’s success is a healthy and proper diet.  Good nutrition will help athletes focus, endurance, and body control. A healthy diet can also help prevent some injuries like stress fractures. Not only does a proper diet help performance, … Read More