What Gymnastics Offers Your Kids

Photo Credit: Altadore gymnasts by Rick McCharles is licensed under CC BY 2.0 The most important aspect of gymnastics is what it offers your kids. In addition to being a physical outlet, it also offers children of all ages the opportunity to grow emotionally and mentally. The great thing about gymnastics is that most kids can participate in gymnastics at … Read More

5 Tips for Gymnastics Parents from Nastia Liukin

Nastia Liukin, a 5-time gold medalist. She is the 2008 Olympic individual all-around champion, the 2005 and 2007 world champion on the balance beam, and the 2005 world champion on the uneven bars. She is also a four-time all-around U.S. national champion, winning twice as a junior and twice as a senior. Nastia has also been known for her commitment … Read More

16 Ways to Overcome Psychological (Mental) Block in Gymnastics

Virtually 70% of high level gymnasts have experienced psychological blocking – 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 – a serious fall, a near catastrophe or a painful … 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

[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?

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?!

Photo Credit: © Ukrphoto & Alexey05 | Dreamstime.com 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 … Read More

Where to Find Great Gymnastics Leotards

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Whether your daughter is in recreation 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