Gymnastics for Life

Recently, a young girl who is naturally and unusually limber was encouraged by a teacher to give gymnastics a try. Her mother responded that she would be doing dance instead because “gymnastics isn’t something you can do your whole life.” The 90 year-old gymnast in viral videos recently disproves this theory, but the mother raises an important question: how can you make gymnastics serve you throughout life? Continue reading Gymnastics for Life

Boys Need Encouragement in Gymnastics

No, you won’t see young men on television competing on the balance beam, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t gymnasts. They actually compete in more areas than women (men six, women four), but we hear and see so much more about women’s gymnastics. It’s a wonderful situation to be in, as women are so often overlooked, but it can make it hard if you have a little guy who wants to be a gymnast. While men’s events are televised, women gymnasts seem to get the limelight in media coverage. Men’s events are just as powerful, graceful, artistic, and awe-inspiring, so it’s worth the effort to find some role models in the male gymnastics field for your son or grandson to follow. Continue reading Boys Need Encouragement in Gymnastics

Where to Begin

There’s much to be said for a gymnastics practice area in the home, and gymnastics mats and equipment have become much more available and affordable in recent years for such purposes. They come in all shapes and sizes, so your biggest problem as you embark on the home gymnastics journey is going to be figuring out which pieces you need to pick up first, and which sort of secondary options you’re going to get the most mileage out of if and when it becomes practical to acquire them. Continue reading Where to Begin

Tumbling Mats: The Better Bandage

Falling during practice of just about anything will hurt less if it’s done on tumbling mats. I just watched a video of a toddler on a rocking horse manage to rock it completely backwards. My very audible gasp as his head was introduced to a tile floor identified me as a parent of a former toddler, but as a blogger about gymnastics and the safety precautions we take in this sport, it got me to thinking about how many other places would benefit from the use of tumbling mats. Continue reading Tumbling Mats: The Better Bandage