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

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

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

Choosing the Right Gymnastics Equipment for Skill Level and Growth

Purchasing gymnastics equipment shouldn’t be like buying clothes or toys for your kids, knowing that they’ll outgrow them in a year or less. The good news is that you can get top-quality gymnastics equipment that will match their skill level now and will be able to grow with them as they get bigger and as their skill levels change. Continue reading Choosing the Right Gymnastics Equipment for Skill Level and Growth

ADHD or Just a Kid?

I work in a health food grocery store and am shocked at how many parents come in looking for a “natural” pill to help their kids with ADHD. I usually just direct them to the organic produce section of the store and encourage them to begin with a healthier diet, devoid of artificial colors, processed ingredients, etc. As a teacher for many years, I’ve seen kids “diagnosed” with disorders and as I watch them in class or at play, it occurs to me that they might just be really active, which is not something that needs medication. My solution was two-fold: encourage the parents to stop sending garbage food to class with their kids, and to encourage their kids to be active. One of the healthiest activities I could recommend was gymnastics, especially when the child is allowed to continue it at home after practice at the gym. Continue reading ADHD or Just a Kid?

Pushing or Inviting?

In a recent interview, gold medalist Olga Korbut talked about her style, not of performance, but of coaching young gymnasts. Her background in the sport makes her undeniably qualified as an elite coach, and her more recent background in motivational speaking has helped her understand the difference between those who are motivated and those who are not, especially when it comes to gymnastics students. Continue reading Pushing or Inviting?

How to Make Your Gymnast Very Happy

I recently had a conversation with a young girl, who was wearing a gymnastics gym sweatshirt, if she had any tumbling mats or other gymnastics equipment at home. “You can get that kind of stuff?” Yes, I assured her she could. She was incredulous and ran to her father and told him about what I had just said. He and I talked briefly about it before we parted. Really? Could the idea of a tumbling mat at home really light a fire in a young gymnast so easily? Continue reading How to Make Your Gymnast Very Happy

Keeping Them Active at Home

With any luck (and a few tumbling mats), you’ll find ways to help keep your kids active at home during the winter months. We’re not talking running around the house like a bulldozer active, but a healthy active, doing a form of activity that can help strengthen their bodies and focus their minds. Continue reading Keeping Them Active at Home

Getting Your Kids Excited About Gymnastics

It really isn’t difficult to encourage kids in gymnastics, because chances are, the first time they take a class and see all the potential routines, apparatus, and powerful role models, they’re going to fall in love with the sport on their own. To encourage this enthusiasm, this unconscious desire to lead an active, healthful lifestyle, you can do plenty and it won’t necessarily cost you an arm and a leg. Continue reading Getting Your Kids Excited About Gymnastics