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  • 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 3:03 am on August 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Parkour cross training for gymnasts 

    Urban Gymnastics set-up at our annual Gymnastics Camp in Idaho 2013.

    Great for building confidence, improving MOTOR fitness: rhythm, agility, timing, balance, etc.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    (via HPTC)

  • Rick Mc 12:08 am on March 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply  


    Good reminders for those managing sports programs.

    1. Hire right.
    2. Offer clear goals.
    3. Manage by walking around.
    4. Share your finances.
    5. Do incentives right.
    6. Build trust.
    7. Treat workers like people.


    Island Tag, a classic gymnastics game that helps develop motor skills like balance, agility, coordination and spacial awareness.

    That’s A-Mazing Adventures in Regina.

  • Rick Mc 5:04 am on April 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    trapeze at the Gym Club 

    I love swinging Rings and Trapeze. Great FUN. Great upper body strength development. Great aerial awareness.

    The principles DANGERS, of course, are twofold:

    1) releasing at the wrong time, hitting the BOX (in this case)
    2) injury on landing

    Still … I do many variations of this activity with kids starting age-4. Carefully. Long before I start swinging on a stationary bar.

  • Rick Mc 5:01 am on March 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Special Needs Trampolining 

    Is trampoline a good activity for participants with special needs?

    Find out on a new site out of the U.K. dedicated to the topic. It already has a surprisingly number of links.

    Rebound Therapy® is the phrase used to describe the practice of using a trampoline to provide therapeutic exercise and recreation for people with a wide range of Special Needs. …

    Special Needs Trampolining classes (£4.50 drop-in)

    … a resource for people across the world involved in trampolining and specifically encourage those involved with special needs participants. You might be a special needs teacher, a physiotherapist, a mainstream trampolining coach …

    visit the home page – Special Needs Trampolining

  • Rick Mc 5:02 am on January 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Rec Bars photo 

    Learning inversion. Safe matting is essential, of course.

    Gymnastic Training Center of Rochester, Michigan

  • Rick Mc 5:03 am on January 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    gymnastics photo of the day 

    From Ortona Gymnastics.

    I love seeing kids on Rings. It’s one of the best upper body fitness activities.

    Obviously we need good matting when introducing inversion.

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