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  • Rick Mc 10:00 pm on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    active kids with disabilities 

    Kids with disabilities can be active for life


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  • Rick Mc 2:52 am on April 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    88-year-old gymnast Johanna Quaas 

    “The stereotypes of weak older people hurt us all. I like showing younger people what’s possible.” — Johanna Quaas

    The 88-year-old competitive German gymnast appeared in her first gymnastics competition in 1934. …

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  • Rick Mc 4:06 am on April 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Bar pullover progressions 

    Tumbl Trak:

    … For beginner athletes, building enough strength and confidence on bars takes lots and lots of steps that often get skipped in a typically rigorous, fast-paced gym curriculum. We’ve compiled a list of important success steps to challenge kids BEFORE the elusive pullover. …

    Strength Play on the 5-in-1 Bar

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  • Rick Mc 1:47 am on April 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    authentic and believable praise 


    Coach Carrie Spender Lennox finds herself in … the parent viewing gallery:

    From the balcony, parents don’t always hear a coach’s words, or recognize the exact benefit of drills that highlight our kids flopping around the floor.  What is always clear is the expressions of enthusiasm and joy on coaches and kids faces when giving praise for a job well done.

    gymnast-and-coachParents know the power of praise and how challenging it is to be consistent, and purposeful with praising kids.  Here’s some great reminders from Dale Carnegie, an American writer and lecturer …

    • Make eye contact with the person you are praising
    • Use their name
    • Make sure you sound like you really mean it. When you sound enthusiastic you will always be far more convincing
    • Let them have the praise as soon as possible – why wait to give positive feedback. If it is important to you then you will make it a priority
    • Show that you know what makes the person tick when you decide where and how you give the praise – some people prefer praise in private others will be delighted by more public praise such as in a team meeting
    • Praise and positive feedback is not just about motivation – it is also encourages repeat behavior. If you want someone to do the same good work again – or develop it further then make sure you let them know:
    • Let them know why you valued their concentration and hard work; ‘I know that you had to put of extra time and effort into this progression and the extra effort really showed in the final result.
    • Nagging does not work
    • Try to give each athlete a word of appreciation, its not hard to find something you appreciate about people you care about.

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    A Few Choice Words…



  • Rick Mc 12:43 am on April 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    World Autism Day 

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014 is World Autism Day. One of only four official health-specific United Nations Days, this annual day focuses on bringing the world’s attention to autism.

    One in 88 children are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). And the number of children with autism continues to grow. Between 2007 and 2012 there was a 78 percent increase in reported diagnoses. …

    Traditional therapy options include behaviour and communication therapies, educational therapies, family therapies and medications.

    Another option is gymnastics. Yes, gymnastics!

    forward roll

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  • Rick Mc 2:00 pm on March 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Active Schools in Action 

    Nice edit.

    … an Active School incorporates physical activity before, during and after the school day to help kids reach their greatest potential. Schools and school districts have everything to gain — see how kids are the ones who benefit the most from the prioritization of physical activity in their school environment.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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  • Rick Mc 11:19 pm on February 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Major Adult Gymnastics competitions 

    World Masters Gymnastics Championship, Oakville Gymnastics Club in Oakville, Ontario on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

    Sutton Gymnastics Academy’s adult competition April 6th in the U.K.

    Eric "Fig" Newton

    Eric “Fig” Newton

    (via GymCastic)

  • Rick Mc 2:19 am on February 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Rell’s Handstand Game 

    Carrie Spender Lennox:

    In my house, my kids know the rule that we don’t throw balls in the house. But, handstands, cartwheels and bar routines are A-OK!!!!

    My couches have been pushed aside in order to make room for the Brianna Beam and Junior Kip Bar – and, since we live in the rainy Pacific Northwest, these products are a savior for keeping my kids active!

    My girls, Rell and Quinn, are recreational gymnasts at Twisters Gymnastics in Port Hadlock, WA. Having some equipment at home allows them to play with such creativity, outside the structure of a class. During this past holiday break, I heard the familiar, “Mommy, watch this!!” and found Rell upside-down against her Handstand Homework Mat playing a tossing game with her stuffed animals and my pots and pans. …

    Don’t Throw Balls in the House ;-)

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 10:13 pm on February 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    girls using Rings 

    I love to see girls doing anything on Rings. They are even better for general upper body strength than rope.

    Click PLAY or watch a few drills on YouTube.

    I especially like the flyaway from Rings. :_

    Rings are one of least expensive apparatus you can add to your gym. Those from Tumbl Trak cost as little as $56.

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  • Rick Mc 3:16 am on February 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Start Here, Go Anywhere. 

    Gymnastics New South Wales in Australia seems to have embraced the USAG motto. :-)

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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