Will My Gymnast be an Olympian?

WILL MY GYMNAST BE AN OLYMPIAN

Photo Credit: (c) Can Stock Photo Many parents wonder if their competitive gymnast could be an Olympian someday. Parents of stellar adolescent baseball players and track stars also have dreams of having a pro athlete in the family someday. However, the bottom line is that most kids (no matter how well they do in competitions) will probably not become professional athletes, … Read More

12 Helpful Tips for Parents New to Gymnastics

So your son or daughter is new to gymnastics! First, congratulations, gymnastics is an exciting sport that will help your son or daughter grow as a person and athlete. The information here is designed to provide helpful tips for parents new to gymnastics. There is a great deal of information to learn about competition. Some of the things you will … Read More

Finding Zen in Gymnastics

Photo Credit: (c) Can Stock Photo Recently I was reading an article on the teachings of Buddhism and I couldn’t help but draw certain correlations between the basic philosophies and how we can easily apply them into youth sports today….particularly competitive gymnastics. In today’s fast paced world where everyone is trying to get somewhere as quick as possible, we often forget that what is happening … Read More

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. 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

[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