Giving the Gift of an Active Lifestyle

Being the forward-thinking parent you are, you’re considering holiday gifts for your kids already, and you’ve considered some kind of gymnastics equipment for your little gymnasts. Good for you. Giving kids a gift that promotes activity, creativity, and skill progression is probably the smartest decision you ever made. Continue reading Giving the Gift of an Active Lifestyle

Resources from the Gymnastics Studio

How do you know what kind of tumbling mat to get for your child or grandchild? Should you purchase an incline mat? Would a practice balance beam be a good idea at home? Well, yes, yes, and yes, but how do you know which ones on the market are going to be the best for your child? The best answer is to go check with the expert: your child’s gymnastics coach.  Continue reading Resources from the Gymnastics Studio

The Best Gymnastics Kit for Your Kid

Three things every young gymnast needs: a tumbling mat, a practice balance beam, and an incline mat. Of course, when formal training becomes involved, those three things might become a coach, a class, and reliable transportation, but for now, in the early stages, having some apparatus at home on which to practice can be the impetus that drives a lifetime of healthful activity. Continue reading The Best Gymnastics Kit for Your Kid

The Gift of Gymnastics

It has to be said: it’s time to start thinking about ordering gymnastics equipment for holiday gifts. If there’s a tumbler or gymnast in your life, one of the best gifts you could give is one of some gymnastics equipment they can use at home. We’re not talking huge apparatus, but things that can be used, folded, and put away so they don’t require an addition to the house.  Continue reading The Gift of Gymnastics

Protecting the Young Gymnast

Sometimes you need more than tumbling mats and crash pads to protect gymnasts. If you read the news, you know you also need a vigilant protector, a parent, guardian, grandparent, to keep your gymnast safe in a news world full of abuses. It’s a horribly painful reality, and it’s not just in the world of gymnastics, though we’re on center stage right now. We must stay active and alert in all of our children’s activities, regardless of how much trust we place in another person or institution. So once again we venture onto the soapbox to proclaim our gymnasts worthy of the utmost protection and care. Continue reading Protecting the Young Gymnast

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