Aly Raisman: America’s Fiercest Gymnast

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Aly Raisman vaulted into America’s minds and hearts at the 2012 London Olympics. She’s been making waves ever since as both a Gold Medalist and an activist. Read on to learn more about this powerhouse and her journey to and from the Olympics. We cover her humble beginnings to her Olympic journey and beyond!  Olympic Journey Aly Raisman was born … Read More

Simone Biles: The Most Decorated American Gymnast

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Who Simone Biles is Simone Biles is a four-time Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics. She was born on March 14, 1997, in Columbus, Ohio. Simone is 4 ft 8 in (142 cm) tall and is of African-American and Belizean descent.  Simone was raised by her mother, Nellie. She began taking gymnastics classes at the age of six and quickly showed … Read More

Gymnastics Skills to Practice at Home

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We know quite a number of you attend sessions but would still need to hone your gymnastics skills by practicing them from the comfort of your home. Here are tips for home training that can significantly help improve gymnastic skills.  We have created exercise plans to help you improve your gymnastics skills from the comfort of your home. Because there … Read More

Xcel Program in Gymnastics: Everything You Need to Know

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The Xcel Program is a program run and recognized by USA Gymnastics, the governing body of gymnastics for the United States.  The main goal for the Xcel Program is to allow gymnasts to progress and excel in the sport at their own pace with more flexible rules of the game. Many Xcel Programs across the country train fewer hours than … Read More

10 Basic Gymnastics Skills You Need to Know

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Just like with anything else, learning gymnastics is a process that doesn’t happen overnight. However, with diligence and a willingness to learn and master the basics, you can be on your way to becoming formidable in the sport. This article will cover the 10 basic gymnastics skills you need to know as a gymnast. Did you know that something as … Read More

What is AAU Gymnastics

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AAU Gymnastics is an amateur gymnastics organization in the United States. The acronym AAU stands for Amateur Athletic Union, and it is a separate and different league from USA Gymnastics. Typically, gymnasts will not participate in both organizations; they will choose to be in one or the other in a given year. Gymnastics is an entertaining sport that involves a … Read More

Everything You Need to Know About the “Twisties”

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When Simone Biles unexpectedly pulled herself out of the gymnastics team final at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, she sent shockwaves throughout the world. She had just competed on vault, and her scary performance may not have registered as such in the minds of casual gymnastics fans. But the faces of her teammates said it all: Biles had narrowly avoided disaster.  … Read More

Gymnastics TOPs Program: Everything You Need to Know

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Gymnastics TOPs Program The Gymnastics TOPs Program, or Talent Opportunity Program, is a talent search for female gymnasts between the ages of 7-10. Potential gymnasts are evaluated, and those who qualify are invited to the National TOPS Training Camp, giving them a chance to develop their talent.  What Is TOPs Program? What is TOPs, and why does it matter? The … Read More

Compulsory vs. Optional Gymnastics: What’s The Difference

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Compulsory and optional gymnastics might sound independent of each other, but you can’t have one without the other. Every gymnast in the United States begins at the compulsory level before entering optional gymnastics. Knowing the difference is a crucial part of understanding the sport. Without understanding where a gymnast starts and what they are working toward, the pathway to success … Read More