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  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on October 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    IEGA GymX promo 

    Parkour and Action Sports.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on September 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    88yr-old gymnast Johanna Quaas 


    (via Gymnastics Coaching)

  • Rick Mc 8:30 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    10 gymnasts average age 70.4 

    Gymnastics Australia:

    More than 180 gymnasts, including a team of ten athletes with an average age of 70.4 years-old, will descend on Byron Bay this week to participate in Australia’s third Gym4Life Challenge from 11 to 13 July.

    Thirteen teams from five states around the country will perform a range of different styles of gymnastics and dance in groups of three or more to show that gymnastics is a sport for everybody, regardless of age, gender or ability. We can expect to see exciting combinations of power tumbling, acrobatics, dance, ribbons and mini trampoline. …

    70-year-olds show gymnastics is for all in Byron Bay

  • Rick Mc 3:07 am on June 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    back somersault in 3 weeks 

    Nick English, a non-gymnast adult, for some reason decided to learn a “back flip”:

    … As I entered the sprawling gymnastics playground that is New York’s Chelsea Piers, I tried to forget that the piers were the Titanic’s intended final destination. …

    3 Exercises to Prepare Your Body to Backflip

    1. Hanging tuck-up: While keeping the chin tucked ever so slightly downward, bend the knees up toward the head, crunching the core and rotating the body as far backward as possible. Perform the move very fast, as the goal is to improve flipping speed.

    2. Box jump: Focusing on height, rather than depth, leap onto as high a platform as possible. Repeat as much as is comfortable.

    3. Lying bent-knee leg raise : With the knees bent and the lower torso rising off the ground, lift your legs towards your head. This is like a horizontal version of the hanging tuck-up. Perform the movement with arms stretched above the head, and it will train the body to not swing them too far backward during a flip. …

    Did it work?

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    (Okay, I acknowledge that Jon gave me a teeny tiny spot in this video—we didn’t film the two flips I did on my own. You’ll have to take my word for it.)

    read more – Greatest – Don’t Try This at Home: How I Learned to Do a Backflip in Just 4 Weeks

  • Rick Mc 3:06 am on June 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Beginner Backward Roll Safety Concerns 

    Gymnastics Zone posted the best summary of this issue I’ve seen:

    Beginner Backward Roll Safety Concerns

    Bottom line, … do backward roll activities very, very cautiously. The younger the children, the bigger their heads relative to the rest of the body.


    If they need spot, they are not ready for backward roll.

    I’ve even seen Adult Recreation gymnasts sore after doing backward roll on a hard, flat surface. :-(

    It’s a tricky skill.

    Downhill is far safer.


  • Rick Mc 4:12 pm on May 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    getting ready for an Adult Competition 

    Catherine T details her struggles to get ready for an Adult Rec Competition:

    On Saturday I competed in my second masters meet. Eleven months ago, after my first meet in a decade, I was filled with hope and inspiration and energy. I vowed to train every day, get in shape and not let anything stop me. And then, well, I let things stop me. Things got stressful. Anxiety. Depression. Sickness. I seemed to either have a cold or the flu from basically October to February …

    Adult comp

    The Comeback Coach – I Did It.

  • 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. …

    read more on Facebook


  • 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 10:48 pm on October 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Adult Gymnastics Survey 

    You are invited to participate in a research study of participation motivations and online media usage of masters gymnastics participants (Adult gymnasts). The study is being conducted by Andrea N. Eagleman, Ph.D., a Senior Lecturer in the School of Sport and Exercise at Massey University in New Zealand. …


    It takes about 15min to complete.

  • Rick Mc 10:57 pm on August 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    adult Gymnastics competition Vancouver 

    Masters Gymnastics:

    Adult gymnast and psychology professor, Mary McNaughton-Cassill reports back from the annual masters meet at Vancouver Phoenix, in Canada. This year it was combined with an age group meet. What fun for kids to see that this is a sport they can do for a lifetime!

    … contrary to popular opinion, gymnastics is a sport that can be enjoyed at any age. While most gyms in the United States are populated by hoards of agile children, adult gymnasts are starting to infiltrate their ranks. And these older gymnasts are not necessarily the stars of their childhood gymnastics classes or elite athletes …

    Awards are presented up to 10th place, special awards are given for both serious (best form and choreography) and entertaining (most pizazz, most spirited athlete, coach and judge) performances. The competitors who place in the top 3 of their events are also given cans of Canadian beer or mixed drinks along with their medals when they step up on the podium.

    Phoenix Adult

    read more on Meet Report: Masters Gymnastics Magic in Vancouver

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