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  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on December 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    teaching BRIDGES in Gymnastics 

    Many children can do a back bend before they get to your first Gymnastics class.

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    Some cannot. Some are not strong & flexible enough. Some are still nervous about falling on their backs.

    Never force a group of kids to do Bridges. It can be a BIG disincentive for participation.

    Instead challenge children to do Bridge activities. Start with activities lying over soft equipment in a Bridge position. Encourage them to work towards Bridges balancing on head, hands and feet (Wrestler’s Bridge).

    The final goal is an elevated Bridge. Hands on the floor, feet up on something higher.

    Never spot beginners into the Bridge position. Let them discover how to get into position on their own.

    Certainly some children will never be able to achieve a proper Bridge. That’s OK.

  • Rick Mc 3:00 am on December 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Kids should do Gymnastics 

    Adam sends a post on Justifying Fun:

    Benefits Of Gymnastics For Kids

  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    11 Health Benefits of Gymnastics 

    1. Learning Gymnastics Enhances The Body’s Complex Motor Skill

    2. Doing Gymnastics Regularly Can Dramatically Increase Flexibility

    3. Participation In Gymnastics Can Build Proper Coordination And Balance

    11 Health Benefits of Gymnastics, According to Science (+10 Tips for Beginners)

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  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on November 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Why kids should start Gymnastics 

    • Social Skills: peer interaction, taking turns, watching, listening, team work.
    • Cognitive Skills: focus, memorization, problem solving, following instructions
    • Confidence: achievement, overcoming fear, goal-setting, work-ethic, commitment.
    • Physical Development: strength, flexibility, coordination, speed, balance, endurance.
    • Fun: games, music, swinging, flipping, twisting, flying!


  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on October 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Schools BANNING cartwheels are short-sighted 

    Every child should be taught to do a cartwheel. 

    A child unable to cartwheel is unfit, in my opinion. Not ready for life events that put them into an inverted position.



  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on September 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Benefits of Gymnastics & Trampoline 

    1. Following directions. Gymnastics teaches kids to follow multi-stepped directions. …

    3. Following safety rules. …

    5. Working cooperatively. …

    9. Persistence. Gymnasts have try and try again to achieve even the simplest of skills. …

    19. Courage …

    20. Self-confidence …

    20 Reasons why your child should do trampolining or gymnastics

  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on July 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    no need to SPOT a pullover on a Bar 

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Raise the feet until kids can all do them alone. 🙂

    They’ll enjoy the sense of accomplishment doing it by themselves.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.


  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on June 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    teaching beam handstands to Rec and Preschool gymnasts 

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on June 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Huffing and Puffing. Aerobic activities. 

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on May 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    ball passing game 

    Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.

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