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  • Rick Mc 3:04 am on April 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Calgary Gymnastics Centre promo video 

    I’ve spent a fair bit of time at this club over the past 3 years. With 5000+ members / year, they’re doing a terrific job. :-)

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Here’s a happy parent with 3 children in their programs.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on April 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Fitness Wheel – Special Needs Gymnastics 

    Soft. Safe. Round.

    The unique inflatable Fitness Wheel is ideal for those with special needs. And ALL CHILDREN are special. It’s great for everyone.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Tumbl Trak just posted a series of videos on Special Needs Gymnastics. Browse the Grow Through Movement playlist.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on April 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    cleaning the foam pit 


    Everyone’s least favourite job. Who knows what we’re going to find at the bottom.

    CGC Pit

    Best for non-competitive gyms are solid Resi Pits. We don’t need to train multiple somersaults with multiple twists.

    Equipment companies can give you quotes on every type of landing pit.

    Foam pits are FUN. A good draw for kids checking out your facility. But ultimately I’d rather have something cleaner.

    related – covered foam UCS Rounders pits

  • Rick Mc 7:04 am on April 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Rec Gymnastics in China 

    Former Chinese team member Liang Cheng now coaches at Capital City Gymnastics in Edmonton, Canada.

    He and Jeff Thomson, former Men’s Programme Director for Gymnastics Canada, now CEO of Inspire Sports, want to bring Recreational Gymnastics to China.

    In China, kindergarten-age children who show potential and the right physical characteristics are normally selected to begin training at a state-run gymnastics school, but there is little recourse for those who aren’t selected for the intense training regimen but still want to do gymnastics. Cheng’s idea, based on what he learned in Canada, was to build a recreational gymnastics facility where children and adults alike could learn gymnastics skills for fun and fitness. …

    In 2011, Cheng and Thomson opened Inspire Sports, a non-competitive 15,000.00 square foot gymnastics facility in the Jiangsu Province, outside of Shanghai. It was the first Gymnastics for All facility in China …

    … gymnastics classes are combined with something else that would be beneficial to China’s youth: English language immersion. Inspire Sports instructors include Canadians, Americans and Australians …

    The Inspire gymnastics project has been so successful that Cheng and Thomson plan to open another to another 25 to 30 similar gyms in China within the next five years. …

    Growing Gymnastics for All in China, one gym at a time

    Here’s a video from the first Gym opening in 2011. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    related – Growing Gymnastics for All in China, one gym at a time

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on February 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    getting kids to be more physically active 

    Scientific American:

    Kids should exercise at least one hour a day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But in the U.S., less than half of six- to 11-year-olds and only 8 percent of 12- to 19-year-olds meet that target. …

    Over in Denmark, a longitudinal study of how schoolchildren move through urban environments provided an opportunity to find out by outfitting hundreds of students with accelerometers and GPS trackers during their waking hours. …

    The researchers found that children were significantly more active when playing on grassy areas and at sites featuring playground equipment. …

    … in all five areas studied, girls spent more time being sedentary than boys. …

    Playgrounds Are Not All Created Equally

    Gymnastics Adventure, Regina

    Gymnastics Adventure, Regina

    Our Gyms are padded playgrounds, the perfect environment for children’s fitness. :-)

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

    Gymnova Rec Gymnastics equipment 

    Gymnast Crossing linked to this video. It features some of the coolest mat innovations by the French company.

    Special needs kids are featured.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 11:26 pm on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    special needs gymnastics 

    Tumbl Trak has spent a lot of energy researching best equipment for special needs kids. Soft, safe, rounded edges.

    This is one heartwarming edit. :-)

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    • Krista Thompson 9:52 am on October 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome. From personal experience, seeing your children with developmental or other difficulties overcome these through gymnastics and translate those ‘wins’ to other areas of their life is incomparable and unquantifiable – priceless.


  • Rick Mc 6:48 pm on September 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics 

    I dropped in during one of the busiest days of the year. Kyle himself was manning the front desk. Taking registrations and fixing tea for parents.

    The 11,000+ square foot facility in Calgary is very well done. Bright and appealing. Lots of parking.


    facility photos

    KSG offers all kinds of gymnastics, but not competitive. It’s for FUN and FITNESS.

    Rope swing

    more photos

    Opened 10 months ago, Kyle has about 950 members a week. Business is great.

    If you want to see a new club well launched, check out Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics.

    That’s a class website. And YES, Kyle does have online registration.

  • Rick Mc 6:14 pm on June 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Tramp “catcher” 

    A safety issue in many gyms are the mats used at the END of your tumbling trampoline. Here’s a new alternative that costs less than $2000. What would the equivalent mats cost?

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • 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

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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