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  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on May 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Trampoline Landings – Beginner to Advanced 

    Many Gyms don’t use full Trampoline for their once / week kids.

    BUT all these Landings can be done on big mats. Soft surfaces.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on November 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Self-taught Trampoline is too Dangerous 

    Landon Smith broke his neck at Jump Park Trampoline in January.

    We recommend that EVERYONE train with certified, experienced coaches at a Club. Backyard Tramps and drop-in Trampoline Centres are too dangerous.

    related – Alberta   Injury Prevention Program – Position Statement Private Residence Trampoline Safety

  • 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 3:03 am on December 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Backyard Trampolines NOT recommended 

    Parents should send their children to qualified instructors in safe facilities.

    … American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) “strongly discourages” the use of home trampolines.

    Sure, while the majority of injuries are sprained ankles, an annoying but relatively benign injury, almost 30 percent were broken bones or dislocations and about 10 to 17 percent are injuries that involve heads and necks. …


    home trampoline

  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on October 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    IEGA GymX promo 

    Parkour and Action Sports.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 7:09 pm on February 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Flip Factory, Calgary 

    I dropped in on my old friend Darlene Traviss at her new facility, Flip Factory in N.E. Calgary.

    Darlene Traviss

    Darlene’s that rarity. An entrepreneur in socialist Canada. (Most gyms are parent governed in Canada.)

    Her club is staying away from competitive Artistic gymnastics. But they offer just about everything else.

    Preschool makes up about 60% of the membership.

    Trampoline, Circus, Demo Team (Gymnaestrada), …

    When construction is complete, here’s the goal:

    5,600 square feet of gym space which houses: 4 full size trampolines, a 40′ tumble track, a 40′ x 40′ sprung floor exercise space, a large foam pit, indoor toboggan hill for preschoolers, 40′ bouldering wall, beams, low tight ropes, slack lines, bars (including a pit bar), lots of climbing ropes, rings and vaulting apparatus.

    Typical rotations:

    • Mission Impossible obstacle course
    • Reverse Bungee: a giant jolly jumper
    • Gladiators: semi-combative challenges
    • Parkour on a dedicated circuit, complete with tramp wall

    Special Needs kids are welcomed:

    Down’s Syndrome
    Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    Cerebral Palsy
    Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
    ADD and ADHD
    Autism and Asperger’s
    Brain injuries

    An additional 2000 square foot mezzanine space houses our Tot Drop-In during the daytime. This area is filled with equipment specially designed for 1 – 5 year olds: Mats of all shapes and sizes, slides, climbing apparatus, ball pits and more. Equipment configuration and pieces change weekly. This gym is well padded and encourages movement and exploration. A seating area for parents built into the space makes it a perfect spot to hang out with friends while letting preschoolers burn off energy! The mezzanine space is cleared and available to other groups in the evenings.

    A 750 square foot hardwood dance studio is used for our fitness classes and is also available to other groups.

    Two spacious birthday party rooms are available for eats and treats after activities in the gym are finished up.

    CONGRATULATIONS Darlene. I’m completely impressed.

    Learn more about the gym at flip-factory.com

    • Dana 9:02 pm on February 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply



    • Jan Cerato 6:14 pm on March 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Flip Factory provided excellent Staff, Amazing Space & Fitness Programs for all the kids regardless of age. As a special bonus we all got to enjoy a Reptile Awareness Show in the studio. Great stuff Thx Dar & Team Flip?!


  • Rick Mc 3:04 am on February 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    inflatable gymnastics equipment 

    I visited Lieven Vercruyssen, founder and chief evangelist of Eurogym Belgium and EuroTumble.com.

    … supplier of inflatable gymnastics equipment in Europe. …

    Our equipment is quickly inflated and deflated and because it is also airtight a constant blower is not needed. It is very compact and takes a small space in the storage room. …

    I tagged along with Lieven to Gymclub Apollo in Antwerp where he set up an Air Floor for the coaches and gymnasts to test.

    Lieven is expert in setting up and deflating as quickly as possible.

    The kids got in on the fun.

    more photos

    Apollo is a set-up, take-down gym in a school. With limited storage. An Air Floor is ideal in their situation.

    Click PLAY or watch different kinds of athletes using Air Floors on YouTube.

    Eurotumble is the distributor of TumblTrak in Europe.

  • Rick Mc 4:02 pm on February 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    inflatable gymnastics equipment Europe 

    I strongly recommend Eurotumble.com.

    Eurotumble is dedicated to inflatable gymnastics equipment of all kinds. Air is the future, I’m certain, replacing foam which is made of petroleum, a non-renewable resource. Air is free. 🙂

    Here’s a sample of what different kinds of kids can do on an Air Floor.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Eurotumble is a division of Eurogym Belgium, though they distribute throughout Europe. And the world.

    Founder and chief evangelist Lieven Vercruyssen was kind enough to host me recently, show me a number of clubs in Belgium … and even bring me along on a club visit where kids at Apollo in Antwerp got to test an Air Floor for themselves.

    more photos

    Eurotumble.com is a distributor for the American company Tumbltrak.

  • Rick Mc 7:50 pm on December 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Why is gymnastics such a great activity for… 

    Why is gymnastics such a great activity for kids? The Active City’s, Andy Hourahine, heads to the Cambridge Kips Gymnastics Club to find out who’s flipping …

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    via Michael Outram on Facebook

  • 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

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