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

Keeping Ahead of the Holiday Curve

It’s a little-known fact that everyone is doing gymnastics during the holidays. Maybe not the fun kind with leotards and wedge mats and balance beams, but the mental gymnastics, where we justify eating more pie and drinking more egg nog than any human could possibly ever need. Eventually, we hit that threshold where the process of excusing our decadence is a source of more consternation than the pleasures of consuming an entire gingerbread house in one sitting can offset. At that point, there’s this moment of existential dread, grappling with the cruel injustice of a universe which provides us with so much good holiday food, but not a body that can reasonably be expected to consume it all. Continue reading Keeping Ahead of the Holiday Curve

How to Support Your Child’s Gymnastics Program

One of the best ways to help the longevity and quality of your child’s gymnastics program is by contributing gymnastics equipment, like crash mats, tumbling mats, and gymnastics wedges. Clubs always need funds, but sometimes the funds they raise aren’t enough to buy top-quality equipment. You don’t want your child’s safety at risk, so you’re best bet is to help the program by providing competition-quality equipment. Continue reading How to Support Your Child’s Gymnastics Program

Tumbling, Cartwheel, and Crash Mats

A good gymnastics program is a treasure to find, but how do you bring it home so the kids can keep practicing? Some good tumbling mats, cartwheel mats, and maybe even a crash pad can be just what you need to keep the young gymnast practicing safely even at home. Continue reading Tumbling, Cartwheel, and Crash Mats