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  • Rick Mc 6:48 pm on June 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    gymnast with a ‘dancing blade’ 

    … As a six-year-old she developed cancer and had to have her leg amputated just two years after her mum died of the same disease.

    Iona … was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – a type of bone cancer – in 2008.

    Her right leg was amputated below the knee as a result.

    The youngster, from Jordanhill, Glasgow, loves showing off her moves to other children and their parents who are in a similar situation and contemplating what life will be like after an amputation. …

    … “Everyone trains at the same time and kids with disabilities are treated like everyone else.

    “Iona does floor, vault, beam and bars and this new blade is ideal for her. …


    “My prosthetic leg can feel quite heavy when I’m doing sport and this blade is brilliant,” she said.

    “It’s been specially designed for me to have extra support at the heel, which helps me balance when I’m on the beam. It definitely helps me be better at gymnastics.”

    Inspirational girl lost leg to cancer, but gymnastics starlet Iona won’t be put off her Team GB dream


    (via GymCastic)

  • 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 3:03 am on June 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    forward roll progressions 

    by Darlene “the Bean”.

    forward roll progressions – Progressive Exercise Programs Keep Building on the Basics

  • 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 10:48 pm on June 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    introducing forward roll 

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    (via Swing Big)

  • Rick Mc 3:43 pm on June 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Team Saskatchewan Gymnaestrada 

    Team Sask is ready.

    Check the promo video they put together in advance of the National Gymnaestrada.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Thanks Kara.

  • Rick Mc 9:14 am on June 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics birthday cake 

    Beam Birthday

    Photo Credit: donbuciak via Compfight cc

  • Rick Mc 2:50 pm on June 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    more drills build confidence 

    You could SPOT a beginner on backward handspring. :-(

    Far better is to set-up dozens of progressions without spot. Let the child move step-by-step at their own speed. Have success at each. Dozens of successes.

    Let them take ownership of the skill. :-)

    Carrie Lennox:

    In last month’s Tumbl Trak newsletter Doug Davis wrote about how progressions build confidence and reduce fear. Just thinking about an athlete “balking” in a round off-back handspring, or other tumbling series is enough to make me shudder.

    Connecting the Dots” is a way to describe all the steps involved in the physical preparation of an athlete and offering an athlete frequent opportunities to feel confident in every step in the process. In a recent video session filming skill progressions, we worked with a young athlete who has good basic training combined with good genes from her parents. The video session focused on cartwheel, handstand, and back handspring progressions from jumping to limbers to fly-backs to work in the pit, (which she had done in many workouts previously).

    After filming more than 30 different progressions that lead to a back handspring, our session ended in the pit where we saw in her a confidence and will to move on to her very first back handsprings!! Wooo Hoooo!! We cheered and celebrated with hip-hip-hurray’s and it dawned on me…..we had spent the last two hours “connecting the dots” for this athlete. All the preparation she had done in her classes, put together in a sequence, helped to give her to confidence and success.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • 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 3:03 am on May 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Canadian kids not exercising enough 

    While 84 per cent of children who are 3 and 4 years old get the recommended 180 minutes of daily physical activity, the picture changes drastically for older age groups.

    Only seven per cent of kids ages 5 to 11 and a mere four per cent of those aged 12 to 17 get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity of moderate to vigorous intensity. …

    Based on nine categories, Canada received a grade of D– in overall physical activity, putting it below Mozambique, New Zealand, Mexico, Kenya, Nigeria and England. …

    Access to physical activity in Canada isn’t the problem: 95 per cent of parents report local availability of parks and outdoor spaces; 94 per cent say public facilities such as arenas and pools are available; and over 90 per cent of students have access to a gym or playing fields at school.

    Why kids over 5 aren’t doing enough physically


    (via Lukas Stritt)

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