Monthly Archives: December 2015

JAG GYM Blog: The Top 10 of 2015

  As 2015 draws to an end, a look back on the most popular blog posts of the year! Number 10: 12 Ways to Be a Happier Gymnast in 2015 Number 9: Gymnasts Salute: 16 Ways Being a Gymnast Made You a Successful Adult Number 8: 9 Beliefs That Will (Eventually, Probably) Lead Your Gymnast to Quit […]

12 Things to Let Go Of Heading into 2016

  As we move into 2016, consider these dozen things to let go of that are no longer serving you: Let go of that voice in your head that tells you that you are not good enough, that you will never succeed or that you “suck.” Instead, remember that those voices are liars and remind […]

A Visit from St. Nicholas, Gymnastics Edition

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the gym not an athlete was training, the lights were all dim.   The stockings were hung from the beams just in case, St. Nicholas and the reindeer stopped by the gym space.   Some gymnasts were hopeful that Santa would leave some brand new leos; preferably […]

What Gymnastics Coaches Really Want for Christmas

For parents to let us do the coaching. And if that can’t happen…coal in our stocking that we can use to throw at parents who coach their kids from the bleachers. For kids to listen to the assignment the first time we say it. To not make the same correction five times in a row. […]

10 Choices You Make As a Gymnast That Will Serve You Well For the Rest of Your Life

You might think that some of the choices you make as a gymnast are pretty big ones. Choosing a gym club, which summer gym camp or even their optional floor music can feel like a monumental deal with everlasting consequences. And, these choices are significant. But there are other decisions that gymnasts learn to make […]

The Gymnastics Coach’s Brain

Dear Santa…

Each year, over 120,000 people write letters to Santa–and that doesn’t even include those that have no return address. Gymnasts are among those who send letters, to be sure.  Here are just a few…as imagined by me. From the gymnastics obsessed gymnast:   From Susie: From Susie’s mom:   And Susie’s coach: From the parent-and-me […]

A Dozen Merit Badges for Parents of Competitive Gymnasts

There is no doubt: as joyful as it can be to be the parent of a gymnast, parents in our sport deserve their own awards. As one season draws to a close and another begins, presenting a dozen ideas for gym parents’ merit badges. To earn the “Fortitude Badge” complete two of the following achievements or […]