A Letter to New Gymnastics Mom

Dear New Team Mom, A big warm welcome to the team!! Get ready for an amazing ride filled with many ups and downs and plenty of plateaus. I am sure your athlete was ecstatic about being asked to join team and worked really hard to get there. She was jumping up and down with her team mates and couldn’t wait to … Read More

5 Unusual Ways To Overcome Mental Block in Tumbling

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This article was originally written by Coach Sahil M. from TumblingCoach.com and is Republished under permission, granted to allgymnasts.com on Aug 7th, 2015. Let’s face it, mental blocks are very real and something you may have to deal with at some point in your tumbling career. Personally, I hope you never get them and tumble fearlessly forever. However, after coaching so many athletes over the … Read More

A Salute to Gymnasts Who Never Stand on the Podium

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Unless you spend a great deal of time in a gym, you don’t understand everything that goes into creating gymnast. Gymnastics is more than four routines, high scores, and podiums. In fact, if an athlete wants to get shiny new bling and their chance to salute the audience from the podium, they need to put in work, and lots of … Read More

5 Tips To Help Keep Gymnastics Fun

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Did you know that according to a 2014 research study by George Washington University, the number 1 reason why athletes quit their sport is because it is no longer fun? Did you know that 75% of athletes will quit by the time they are 13? As parents, what do we do with this information? Parents have a large part to … 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

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

10 Things Only Gymnast’s Moms Understand

by: Tawnya (This article was originally written here. Re-posted by permission from the author.) Life of a Gymnastics Mom When my daughter first became interested in gymnastics, neither she or I had any idea that it would become such a big part of our lives, of our family’s life. Today, from November to March our life pretty much revolves around the … Read More