How to Make a Gymnastics Leotard

Want to save a little money while still keeping your gymnast looking cute? Here is how to make a leotard at home!

Supplies needed:
1. Stretchy fabric
2. Scissors or a rotary cutter
3. pins and pin cushion
4. your pattern
5. sewing machine
6. thread to match fabric
7. seam ripper(optional but recommended)
8. washers(optional but recommended)
9. cutting mat if you are using rotary cutter

First, it is recommended that you always trace your patterns out on freezer paper because as the kid grows you will need a different size and this way you will not have to spend another $20 on patterns.
Next, lay patterns on top of fabrics.

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Keep colors of the thread as close as possible to the fabric colors.
Lay washers on top of pattern when cutting fabric patterns because it holds them in place.
Lay out all pieces after cutting to make sure they fit together correctly.

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Sew pieces together inside out using a straight stitch then a zig zag to imitate a somewhat serge.

 

 

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18 Ingenious Hair Hacks for the Gym

 

Having your hair falling in your face while at the gym is terrible! Here are 18 easy hairstyles that keep your hair far from in your face.

  1. The bang braid is your solution to keep annoying mid-level bangs off your faceBuzzfeed hair #1
  2. Or master the princess-y waterfall braid.#2
  3. Minnie Mouse buns keeps hair from whipping around everywhere.#3
  4. A ballerina bun will stay through even the most vigorous workout because spin pins.#4
  5. Braiding the underside of your bun/ponytail will keep loose strands from falling out during your workout.#5
  6. Or the topside if you have more issues with side pieces/bangs falling out.#6
  7. If you’ve got long hair, a knotted ponytail is an easy variation on a boring pony.#7
  8. A knotted ponytail works for shorter hair, too.#8
  9. A top knot can be done at a stoplight on your way to the gym.#9
  10. If you’ve got extra thick/long hair, boxer braid each side of your head and pull the remaining strands in a bun.#10
  11. A tiered ponytail will keep everything in its right place.#11
  12. Use yarn to tie your hair into a bun.#12
  13. There’s always the old sock bun standby.#13
  14. Use an Upzing Clip to create a super easy updo after your workout.#14
  15. A double braid is great for keeping hair secure during a swim.#15
  16. Spray leave-in conditioner or smooth some Moroccan/coconut oil into your hair before you go swimming.#16
  17. Use an old spice container as an emergency hair kit with pins, small hairspray, and anything else you might need.#17
  18. If you don’t want to wash your hair, sweat and build-up can be removed with baking soda.#18

 

 

Gymnastic dreams: Training for Gold Leads to Healthier Kids

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Gymnastics has helped create many gold medal citizens and helps gymnasts excel later in life.

Many kids are already doing gymnastics as they learn to control their bodies and maneuver the world. Babies learning to walk often find themselves doing somersaults by accident, taking these accidental gymnastics to a higher level takes training and practice. The sport itself is perfect for any kid because they learn and succeed at their own pace feeling accomplished with every new move they learn. In gymnastics, no one sits on the bench while the best get to play. Gymnastics is the process of teaching one’s self to be in complete control of their body and as the training continues, muscles develop along with discipline, poise and self confidence. Many celebrities and star athletes started with gymnastics such as Sasha Cohen (the olympic skater), Hillary Swank (the Oscar and Golden Globe winning actress) and Tony Jaa (the martial arts movie actor). Training at home is a great alternative to paying for a professional coach while the child is honing in the basics. Making a practice room with carpet or couch cushions as padding is an easy way to allow child to learn handstands, cartwheels, and many other basics at home. Gymnastics is a training tool for your child’s mind and body that will stay with them the rest of their life.

History of Gymnastics Equipment

ten girlGymnastics seems like an old sport, but it has been changing more recently than ever before!
Gymnastics has become a fast evolving sport since it Nadia Comaneci earned the first perfect 10 in the 1970’s and there is always room for growth in safety equipment and performance overall. In 2001, the vaulting table was the same as the men’s pommel horse until numerous injuries urged the gymnastics community to embrace the new vaulting table at every level of gymnastics. The rings have evolved largely since they debuted in the 1896 Olympics and have been made of numerous materials but landed officially on laminated wood in the modern olympics. The bars are a series of flexible horizontal bars that gymnasts swing on introduced at the 1934 World Championships. The pommel horse was originally created by the Romans as a way to practice getting on their horse; since then, the pommel horse has been fixed with handles to allow gymnasts to perform twisting, highly technical maneuvers. The balance beam was introduced into competitive gymnastics in 1934 and was only a long block of wood; it has evolved since with padding to absorb shock.

5 Gifts Every Young Gymnast Needs

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5. Balance Beam: Nimble Sports’ Balance Beams are great gifts for the young gymnast looking to perfect their skills on a regulation width balance beam. The beam is 4in wide and 6in tall. Padding on the top of the beam is 3/8 closed cell foam. Our beams are wrapped with a commercial grade synthetic suede to give it a feel like in the gym. The measurement is from floor to the top of the beam. (shown in pink)

4. Premium Bar Mat Combo: Nimble Sports 3-PLAY is designed to change from the adjustable horizontal bar to the adjustable uneven bars and to the adjustable parallel bars. Base extensions included! The height of each bar will adjust from 3ft to 5ft every 6 inches, (36, 42, 48, 54, 60 inches). The width will adjust from 18 inches to 36 inches every 3 inches. (18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36 inches).
The 1-1/2 inch wood bar and base is 4ft wide and will fit any normal 4X8 gym mat. Made with heavy duty steel powder coated Blue. The bars weight limit is 125 LBS. Design includes rubber caps on the bottom frame for traction and lock knobs for simple adjusting. Professional protective mat should be used with this product to help reduce the chance of injury. Please allow an additional week for shipping.
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3. Tan Low Beam Blue Mat Combo: Our balance beam and mat combos come in a variety of colors! All beams are 8ft long and mats are 6ft long to fit underneath the beam. The top of the balance beam is 4 inches wide and the top is padded with closed cell foam. All beams are wrapped with a commercial grade synthetic suede so it will feel like they’re at the gym. (shown in tan/blue)

2. 3 Play Bars with Mat Combo: Nimble Sports gymnastics horizontal bars are great for any aspiring young gymnast. Created from heavy gauge steel, this bar is meant to last! The weight limit on our single horizontal bars are 100lbs and are good for beginner to intermediate gymnasts (Levels 1-3). Adjustable horizontal bar will adjust between 3ft and 5ft. (36in, 42in, 48in, 54in, 62in.) Non Adjustable horizontal bars are 4ft tall. (shown in blue/light blue)

1.Little Gym Deluxe: The Little Gym Deluxe is the ultimate combo package from Nimble Sports! The adjustable horizontal bar will adjust between 3ft – 5ft. The wood bar is 1-1/2 inches round with a 100lb weight limit. Intended for beginner to intermediate gymnasts. If your gymnast is 70lbs and/or level 3 in ability, we recommend base extensions for added stability.

The beam is 8 feet long, the top is 4 inches wide and 6 inches high and constructed of wood. Wrapped with commercial synthetic suede, the beam will feel like they’re at the gym. The beam will adjust from 12in to 18in. Low braces are included.

The landing mat is bi-folding with 4in thick soft foam – Great for Horizontal Bar.  (shown in pink/purple)

These gifts will make it possible for your young gymnast to perfect their talents at home, and take them to the gym! The skills acquired on Nimble Sports equipment are truly priceless!

 

 

 

Artistic gymnastics equipment

Have you ever wondered what equipment your gymnast is using while practicing? Here are all the gymnastics equipment used and how they are used.

Still rings-Two parallel rings 50cm apart, suspended from a cable and straps and held, one in each hand, for a series of exercises in men’s artistic gymnastics particularly requiring stillness of the body; also called the “rings”.
Uneven bars-An apparatus in women’s artistic gymnastics with a top bar 2.4m above the floor and a lower bar 1.6m high, used for a continuous series of grip changes, releases, new grasps and other complex moves.
High bar-A bar standing 2.75 meters high, used in men’s artistic gymnastics; also called the “horizontal bar”.
Parallel bars(artistic)-An apparatus consisting of two wooden rails on uprights, adjustable in height and used for swinging, vaulting and balancing exercises in men’s artistic gymnastics.
Pommel horse-A solid apparatus 115 centimeters high with two handles, or pommels, on top that men in artistic gymnastics use for a series of maneuvers defined by complex hand placements and body positions while holding themselves above the apparatus.

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Plane-An imaginary surface where moves are performed, i.e. lateral, frontal, horizontal or diagonal.
Diagonal Plane-An imaginary surface at less than a 90-degree angle to the floor, where moves are performed.
Horizontal plane-An imaginary surface, level with the ground, where moves are performed
Lateral plane-An imaginary surface to the side of, and parallel to, the body, where moves are performed.
Safety platform-A large, thick mat that sits on the floor at each end of the trampoline to cushion the impact if anyone falls from the apparatus.
Vault-A solid apparatus similar to the pommel horse, but lacking handles, and used in men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics for a variety of handsprings from a running approach.
Beatboard– The springboard used in the men’s and women’s vault.

2016 Halloween Costume Contest Finalists

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Votes will be counted by liking the finalists photos on Facebook until November 14th. The three finalists with the most votes will win cash prizes! Here are the finalists:

Vote for Olivia

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Vote for Emerson

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Vote for Rilyn & Chloe

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Vote for Kennedy

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Vote for Cadence

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Vote for Rylie

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Laurie Hernandez is ‘Dancing with the Stars’

After receiving two medals in the Rio Olympics, Laurie Hernandez is back and ready for more competition. Although this time her competition is different. This time she is competing with celebrities instead of olympians and the sport is dancing instead of gymnastics.

Just a month after the Olympics in Rio, 16-year old Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez is a contestant on the new season of Dancing With the Stars . The season premiered on Monday September 12, 2016 on ABC. The show pairs celebrities with dance professionals. There are 13 total celebrity-dance professional pairs on the show and they all compete against each other for judge’s points and audience votes. The pair with the lowest combined votes is eliminated from the show every week until only one pair remains.

The new season has plenty of competition with some of the celebrity contestants being top notch athletes just as Hernandez. Fellow olympian Ryan Lochte and NFL player Calvin Johnson are the other featured athletes out of the group of celebrities on the show.

Hernandez is partnered with professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy. The duo took first place in the premier, which doesn’t come as a shocker to anyone who watched her shine at the Olympics. It would appear as though Hernandez has a leg up on the competition because of her impressive background in gymnastics, which is not all that different from dancing. Chmerkovskiy is a two-time World Dance Champion and Hernandez skills in gymnastics will aid her in mastering tricky dance moves to come this season. Good things are expected to come from the Hernandez-Chmerkovskiy pair.

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On the season premier, the pair scored 31 out of 40 possible points to come in first. They have been the fan favorite throughout the show, and were were dominating the competition throughout the fourth week where they scored 32 points, coming in first again and dominating the competition. In the fifth week, however, the pair gave what some called a “disappointing” performance. Now, in week seven, they bounced back with an impressive performance dancing the quickstep and earning 34 points. Team Valaur is heading to week 8!

You can vote for Hernandez by dialing 1-800-868-3407 or online at either or Facebook. Don’t forget to stay tuned on Hernandez’s progress Monday’s at 8p.m. on ABC and the Nimble Sports Blog anytime!

 

2016 Halloween Costume Contest

If you love your Nimble Sports products and you are, or your young gymnast is, tumbling, flipping and celebrating Halloween, we have a contest for you!

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How to Enter: Submit via email your best photo of your young gymnast using one or more of Nimble Sports at-home gymnastics equipment products in their Halloween costume. Email photos to sales@nimblesports.com. In the email please put the gymnasts first name, and a parent or guardian contact name, phone number and email address.

Submissions will be accepted from now until 11:59pm est October 31st, 2016. We will post our 10 favorite submissions on the Nimble Sports Facebook Page, where users can like as many photos as they want to cast their vote. We will contact 10 submissions chosen by the Nimble team for Facebook voting. Voting will take place for two weeks, and November 14th, 2016 the 3 photos with the most likes will be awarded prizes!

Rules
1. 1 photo per entry
2. 1 entry per person
3. Must be using Nimble Sports equipment
4. Must be wearing a Halloween Costume

5. Entries must be submitted via email to sales@nimblesports.com

 

Deadline for email submissions
11:59p est October 31st, 2016
Facebook voting period
12:00a est November 1st, 2016 – 11:59p est November 14th, 2016
Prizes awarded to 3 photos with most likes:
1st place = $300 visa gift card
2nd place = $150 visa gift card
3rd place = $50 visa gift card

Laurie Hernandez is ‘Dancing with the Stars’

After receiving two medals in the Rio Olympics, Laurie Hernandez is back and ready for more competition. Although this time her competition is different. This time she is competing with celebrities instead of olympians and the sport is dancing instead of gymnastics.

599932370_laurie-hernandez-zoom-afb8b6e1-06b8-45ec-8c84-9131b043fc22Just a month after the Olympics in Rio, 16-year old Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez is a contestant on the new season of Dancing With the Stars. The season premiered on Monday September 12, 2016 on ABC. The show pairs celebrities with dance professionals. There are 13 total celebrity-dance professional pairs on the show and they all compete against each other for judge’s points and audience votes. The pair with the lowest combined votes is eliminated from the show every week until only one pair remains.

The new season has plenty of competition with some of the celebrity contestants being top notch athletes just as Hernandez. Fellow olympian Ryan Lochte and NFL player Calvin Johnson are the other featured athletes out of the group of celebrities on the show.

Hernandez is partnered with professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy. The duo took first place in the premier, which doesn’t come as a shocker to anyone who watched her shine at the Olympics. It would appear as though Hernandez has a leg up on the competition because of her impressive background in gymnastics, which is not all that different from dancing. Chmerkovskiy is a two-time World Dance Champion and Hernandez skills in gymnastics will aid her in mastering tricky dance moves to come this season. Good things are expected to come from the Hernandez-Chmerkovskiy pair.rs_634x1024-160909133134-634-val-laurie-dwts-abc

On the season premier, the pair came in first. On the fourth week of the show, they blew the judges and crowd away earning the first perfect score of the season, coming in first again and dominating the competition.

You can vote for Hernandez by dialing 1-800-868-3407 or online. Don’t forget to stay tuned on Hernandez’s progress Monday’s at 8p.m. on ABC.