How to Cheer Up an Injured Athlete

No one likes to be injured. An injury can impact your life in many different ways; especially if you’re an athlete. Young athletes like gymnasts live and breathe their sport, which means when they are unexpectedly taken out of the sport with an injury, they are vulnerable to stress, fear, depression, and even a loss of identity. One of the … 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

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

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

10 Reasons Your Parents are Lucky You’re a Gymnast

Your Parents are Lucky You’re a Gymnast

You probably feel pretty lucky to be a gymnast! Your friends are probably envious of you, and you probably realize how hard your parents work to keep you in the gym. But, did you know you parents are lucky you’re a gymnast too. Find out why below. You’re Very Confident Confidence is a tough thing to teach. Some kids go … Read More

10 Life Lessons I Learned from Gymnastics

As I look back on my gymnastics career, I realize that I gained much more than just trophies and ribbons. For a long time, gymnastics was my life. I lived and breathed gymnastics on a daily basis, and I wouldn’t change any of it if I had the chance. As an adult looking back on my adolescent and teenage gymnastics … Read More

5 Tips to Stay Healthy in Gymnastics

Stay Healthy in Gymnastics

To stay healthy in gymnastics is indisputably important regarding this sport that is basically dealing with flexibility, balance, and control. Such a wrong movement, position, and some other factors may lead to certain injury or any issue that surely affects the athletes’ overall performances. To help every gymnast achieves their goals, these are some key tips to keep gymnasts’ body … Read More