Category Archives: recreational gymnastics

Advice to Grads from Your Wise Friends: Vault, Bars, Beam and Floor

It’s that time of year when graduation advice from celebrities, world leaders or just well meaning folk flood the Internet. But what if the four events that female gymnasts toil over were able to get up and give their sage advice to the kids who are moving on from our sport. What would they say? […]

20 Traits that Gymnastics Develops: A Diagram

Nine Myths About Recreational Gymnastics Busted!

My child isn’t very coordinated so she should not do gymnastics. (You could also substitute strong or flexible for coordinated.) All the more reason your child should do gymnastics! Gymnastics works on those fundamental gross motor skills that all children need to develop to become physically fit. If my child isn’t going to be on […]

5 Simple Reasons Your Son Should Do Gymnastics (Even if He Doesn’t Want to Be a Gymnast)

Gymnastics is not just for girls. Not even close. Yes, the sport is considerably more popular among girls. But did you know that many regard male gymnasts as the strongest of all athletes? In Men’s Health’s list of the 50 fittest athletes, it is a gymnast who is ranked third, ahead of sports stars like […]

Welcome to Gymnastics: We Teach Kids How to Fail

Okay, hardly my best tag line ever. I would not recommend you use this in your future marketing plans. But it is true. As the school year kicks off and many new and returning students come into our gymnastics academies, embrace and own one of the things we do best: we teach kids how to […]

How Gymnastics Helps Your Child Succeed in School (Backed by Harvard Research)

Harvard School of Education released their findings on their latest research project; and, they could have simply titled it “Why Your Kid Should do Gymnastics if You Want Them to Develop the Kind of Character That Helps Them Succeed at School.” Okay, it doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue…but it cuts to the core of […]

When It’s All Over, What Really Matters? 

As coaches, when kids who come through our gym doors we hope we will teach them great gymnastics and that we will also influence them positively and make a difference in their lives.  That is, in a nutshell, what our job entails. Once in awhile, however, we get a kid who walks through the doors […]

10 Truths That Successful Athletes Embrace

Getting what you want often costs more than you want to pay, but you do it anyway.  It’s easy to show up when you feel like doing so, but when you don’t feel like and do it anyway you are on the road to success. You are making choices, not sacrifices.  Stop thinking of your […]

25 Life Lessons Gymnastics Teaches (Without Even Trying)

Like the wise sage that teaches lessons without saying a word, gymnastics hands out life instruction without even trying. Here are 25 lessons that gymnastics (and other sports) brings to us: How to deal with fear How to deal with failure How to get along with others How to manage time How to take criticism […]

Beware: 8 Cognitive Traps to Consider When Switching Gyms

Earlier this week I wrote about the difficult decision to switch gyms.  In that article, I acknowledged that sometimes the gym your child is currently enrolled in is no longer a good fit and that there are times where switching gym clubs is in everyone’s best interest. Making decisions like this are not easy.  When […]