Oh No! Here Comes The Dreaded Gymnastics “Burnout”

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When you hear the word “gymnastics” what comes to mind? Do you think cartwheels and somersaults? Glittery pink leos and ballerina buns? How about hard work and dedication? Tears and bruises? Do you think hours of practice or even homeschool? Ice packs or massages? Not many people realize how tough gymnastics is and that it is a very competitive sport. … Read More

Gymnasts Love Food

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Who doesn’t love food? Food is essential for young athletes because that is where they get their energy from. Gymnasts practice anywhere from five to even seven days a week. Sometimes gymnastics practices are hours long, some gymnasts even have two practices in one day! The US is known for being at the top of the list when it comes to … Read More

Father’s Day Gifts For Gymnastics Dad

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Can you believe that it is already June? Can you believe that Father’s Day is around the corner? I sure can’t! Father’s Day falls on the third Sunday of June, so this year it is June 17th. If you’re anything like me, then you must be rattling your brain around for gift ideas for Dad. Dads in general are pretty … Read More

Mother’s Day Gifts For Gymnastics Mom

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April showers bring May flowers and do you know what else is in May? Mother’s Day! What a beautiful sunny month to be able to celebrate Mom and show her how much you appreciate her for being one of your biggest fans, and definitely one of your biggest supporters. Coming up with gift ideas can be a challenge especially when … Read More

10 Funny Fail Gifs Only Gymnasts Can Relate To

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When you notice your crush is watching When your favorite song comes on during a meet When your coach says, “Give it your all!” The second your coaches say, “Practice is over!” after hours of practicing When you’re determined to run so fast thinking you may be able to fly… When you hear that the pizza delivery has arrived When … Read More

Overcoming Nerves, Anxiety and Fears in Performance

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Nerves, anxiety, and fears; these are three things that can cause mental blocks for gymnasts. Gymnastics is a very difficult sport that involves not only body movement, but mind movement as well. Gymnastics is a sport that calls for thinking before performing. Gymnasts literally have to think about two steps ahead to mentally prepare themselves. If your gymnast is nervous, … Read More

Three Things to Remember if Your Gymnast is Having a Bad Meet

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“I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run towards it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your foot.” -Nadia Comaneci Meet season. The season where your gymnast is basically living at the gym practicing routines for the upcoming meets. Your gymnast is working his/her butt off to stick … Read More

Cute Gymnastics Hairstyles

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Weather your gymnast is going to practice, a clinic, a meet, or a camp, hair is always something girls are concerned about! In the sport of gymnastics, it is required that your gymnast’s hair is pulled back so it is out of her face so it does not interfere with her performance. Not having your hair pulled back can be … Read More

10 Awesome Birthday Gifts for Gymnasts

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Your gymnast’s birthday is coming up and you are wondering what you should get for her birthday along with telling friends and family what they could get for her as well. Lets totally be honest with ourselves; if you have a gymnast in your family you better realize that anything that she wants, will revolve around gymnastics or be related … Read More