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  • Rick Mc 3:23 pm on February 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    special needs gymnastics – Fitness Wheel 

    Tumbl Trak:

    Our two days at Blue Heron. Here are the shots of the special needs class having fun with the 8′ fitness wheel.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    That inflatable Fitness Wheel is round, soft and safe. Ideal for the physically and mentally challenged.

    It was safe even for the boy who normally wears a bike helmet day-to-day.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on March 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    “open” gymnastics 

    I love “open gym” time. It’s fascinating to see what kids want to do when they are free in our giant playgrounds.

    See more photos at RENMORE GYMNASTICS, Ireland.

  • Rick Mc 4:09 pm on February 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    BC – Play Gymnastics 

    Gymnastics BC launched the PLAY Gymnastics brand yesterday at separate events at Club Aviva Gymnastics in Coquitlam and Cartwheels Inc. in Surrey. This new provincial brand highlights the importance of recreational gymnastics as the first activity for all children in British Columbia.

    … With close to 41,000 members, gymnastics is the fourth largest participation sport in British Columbia, behind only soccer, hockey and athletics. Of that membership 83% are under the age of 12 …

    Also introduced this weekend was Sammy – the new mascot for the brand….

    PLAY Gymnastics Launched in BC

  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on November 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    old gymnasts never die … 

    Power Stretching and Easy Exercises by Shiro Tanaka

    In his late 50s, one of my first gymnastics mentors published his personal training program. He demonstrates all exercises himself in the home or office, using no special equipment.

    I asked Shiro he’d ever done Yoga. “Never.”, he replied.

    Like most of the old school gymnastics folks, he considers Yoga inferior to traditional gymnastics stretching. Shiro grew up with Tsukahara, one year younger.

    Shiro’s book is not available for sale anywhere, unfortunately. It was published by his University for internal use.

    But I’m inspired … just as Shiro inspired me as a gymnast and young coach. (In the late 1970s, he insisted we stretch every morning in the shower, to save time.)

    my photos of Shiro

  • Rick Mc 4:04 am on July 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    World Gymnaestrada 2011 – “Meet the magic” 

    Click PLAY or watch a promotional trailer on YouTube.

  • coachliz96 3:47 pm on February 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bars, drills   

    Introducing Glides 

    Hi Liz here sharing with you one of my favorite simple bars stations! It’s easy enough do be done independently and is fun!

    It’s a great way to introduce a glide swing and practice regrasping the bar. The stability ball also teaches young gymnasts to be aware of their core muscles (you see in the video how the ball starts to roll from side to side as her core relaxes). Using a scooter is a nice modification too for younger ages/levels!

    Does anyone have any other fun drills for teaching a glide? Please reply to share!

    • coach Rick 6:06 pm on February 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Great post, Liz. Thanks.

      I’m going to dig up a tutorial on Glides by JAO. And I’ll post it as a follow-up.


  • Rick Mc 11:48 pm on December 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    This is the first draft of a site where coaches, teachers, educators and program directors can discuss ideas, games, lesson plans, etc. … Everything non-competitive.

    Comments are welcome. … But to post something you need get permission of site editor Rick McCharles. Details on our About page.

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