The Balancing Act

If you’re that cool parent who wants to make going back to school something your child looks forward to, here’s an idea: introduce gymnastics (or encourage it if you’ve already started down that path!) with the most fun of “school supplies” your kid has ever seen: a gymnastics kit. Balancing school with an active lifestyle will never again be this easy. Continue reading The Balancing Act

Tumbling Into A New School Year

Believe it or not, some communities are already gearing up for another school year, so if you like to plan ahead, add tumbling mats to your list of school supplies. Why tumbling mats? Plenty of reasons, but let’s look at a couple. “I’m bored…” Ever hear that from your kid after school or on the weekend? Yeah. Reason #1. Or how about when they get home from a school day that sees them sitting in a chair for 95% of their day. What do they need when they get home? They need some time to be active and get those wiggles out. So rather than running roughshod through the house (right about the time you’re trying to wind down), give them some tumbling mats to keep them contained, safe, and active. Continue reading Tumbling Into A New School Year

Choosing Gymnastics Amid Abuses

Looks like the sport of gymnastics could use some crash pads. Or maybe a million of them. I don’t know about you, but I’m sickened looking for gymnastics news only to see the first whole page of results be entirely about the ongoing investigation and trial surrounding sexual abuse of young gymnasts, both male and female.  Continue reading Choosing Gymnastics Amid Abuses

I Was a Spotter

It’s true, for a summer during high school, I worked as a spotter for a gymnastics camp, parked on the tumbling mats with all the toddlers. When a forward roll became an almost-head stand, I was there. When a wild bounce off the mount trainer launched two unsuspecting pig tails into the crash pads, I was there. I wasn’t the one doing the gymnastics, but I got to participate in a very important role in gymnastics: safety patrol. Continue reading I Was a Spotter

Choosing the Best Gymnastics Equipment

If you’re newly in the market for gymnastics mats and equipment for any reason, the first thing you probably noticed is that there’s a whole bunch of stuff to choose from. Retailers rarely take it easy on you in terms of providing clear choices, so it will be helpful for you to have some kind of plan regarding what kind of gymnastics mats you’re after. Are you a parent of a gymnast who’s looking for some training equipment they can use at home? Are you opening a studio or adding new equipment to a fitness facility in order to start gymnastics practices there? Continue reading Choosing the Best Gymnastics Equipment

A Balancing Act

I don’t know if one gross motor skill is more important in the development of a young child or not, but I know that without a good sense of balance and control, many necessary skills can be difficult for children. That’s why every home with a young child should have a fun, playful, and safe balance beam. Yep – you read that right: a balance beam. Continue reading A Balancing Act

A Staple Home Gymnastics Apparatus

Has your child come home from gymnastics practice begging for a cheese mat? Do you have any idea what that even is? Perhaps you know it by its scientific name: the incline mat. Or maybe you don’t – but here’s the thing: you should become very familiar with it because it should become a staple in your home arsenal of gymnastics equipment. Continue reading A Staple Home Gymnastics Apparatus

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

Not that you’re one of those pushy kinds of parents, but getting your child interested in gymnastics is actually a pretty easy thing to do when they’re little, especially if you give them something fun to associate it with, like a cool, cushy tumbling mat. It’s a very natural addition to childhood because it provides a place for play, nap time, and general roughhousing. They won’t even know you have a long-term plan in mind! Continue reading Let’s Start at the Very Beginning