Monday Motivation from Ragan Smith

From Olympic Alternate to P&G Champ, Ragan is ready for her turn to rule the world of U.S Gymnastics.

Ragan is now considered a seasoned veteran of gymnastics, and one of the only ones that has made their return immediately to the sport after the Rio Olympics.

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With a steady performance at P&G’s, however making room for improvement, Smith says she feels like she knows much more about what she is doing now, more so than in the past.

It is now time to build up for Tokyo.

An excerpt from USA Today;

“For the last four years, the American women joked that Simone Biles should get her own division so they could have a crack at a title. Well, they’ve got their chance now and it’s clear that ruling the gymnastics world is not quite as easy as the Olympic champ made it look.

Ragan Smith had 57.4 points Friday, the highest all-around score in the world this year, and has a commanding lead after the first of two days of competition at the P&G Championships. Riley McCusker is 1.3 points behind going into Sunday’s finals…”

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/nancy-armour/2017/08/19/ragan-smith-takes-center-stage-us-gymnastics-simone-biles/582613001/

Gymnastics Meet Hairstyle Inspiration

Are you in a Meet Day Hairstyle Rut? Try some of these Meet Styles that will compliment that sparkly Leo!

If you don’t know how to braid check out this braid tutorial for beginners!

How To: Aly Inspired Buns for Gymnasts 

 

Braids look different on everyone, so using a simple braid to spice up your regular ponytail or bun can be a great way to stand out from other gymnasts!

Follow these steps from MissySue.com to achieve the Perfect Simple Braid into a Bun for your Gymnastics Meet!

  1. Find the spot where you want to start your braid, and take a 2″ section of hair right at the hairline and divide it into three pieces.
  2. Begin the braid by crossing the back piece over the middle then the front piece over the middle.
  3. Next, cross the back piece over the middle and bring it in to the larger section of hair to create the french braid style.
  4. Cross the front piece over the middle, bringing in another larger section of hair.
  5. Continue braiding until the braid reaches a point you’d like it to end at, and finish braiding the hair into a regular braid.
  6. Tie off the braid with a clear elastic band.
  7. Next, you can gather the rest of the hair into a low ponytail, messy bun, or high and tight “Aly Bun”!
  8. Pin down any loose pieces to create the look you want.
  9. Finish with a few spritzes of hairspray and swipe on your favorite lipstick and glitter eyeliner!
  10. ROCK your Gymnastics Meet Girl you are ready to go!

Halloween Costume Contest 2017

It’s the end of October and we’re announcing our Annual Halloween Contest!! This year we’re changing things up just a Tad Bit and giving away a Nimble Sports Gymnastics Mat!

*You may enter 1x per social media platform

Contest is open to Instagram and Facebook Entries! Making Two Entries Total!

End Date: October 31st at 10:00 am EST. Nimble Sports will then VOTE on BEST COSTUME / SKILL and the winner will be announced at 2:30 EST by Nimble Sports!

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How to Enter (Facebook):

  • “Like” Nimble Sports on Facebook
  • “Like” this post
  • Share this post on your timeline
  • Leave a comment with a photo of your gymnast in their halloween costume doing their favorite gymnastics skill!

 

How to Enter (Instagram):

  • You must be following @flippingbailey @chantelcarissa_ and @nimblesports
  • Once you’ve liked all 3 accounts, Head to Nimble Sport’s Instagram page
  • Find Nimble Sport’s original giveaway post and Like it!
  • Post a photo in your halloween costume doing your favorite gymnastics skill and tag @nimblesports!

Gymnastic Mats for Home Buying Guide


Buying Guide For Home-Use Gymnastics Mats

The moment your young gymnast begins practicing this sport, you’ll realize a home-use gymnastics mat may be what he/she needs. A quality gymnastics mat is the foundation of every gymnast’s training, whether your little one is just beginning or an experienced tumbler. In fact, you may start to notice your couch cushions and pillows being used for landings if your gymnast doesn’t have a gym mat! This buying guide will help you decide which mats will suit your young gymnast’s needs.

Types of Home-Use Gymnastics Mats

Nimble Sports offers home-use gymnastics mats to suit varying levels of gymnastics abilities as well as the sport’s many disciplines. From folding mats to sectional mats, we’ll help you create the perfect home gym.

  • Folding Mats: Nimble Sports folding gymnastics mats for tumbling are ideal for beginner to advanced gymnastics training. You’ll also find them useful for other sports and exercise activities, such as aerobics, martial arts, wrestling, cheerleading and more. Our 8-foot-by-4-foot and 6-foot-by-4-foot folding mats can be folded into three or four sections for easy storage or transport and are designed with a velcro edge for adding more practice space for tumbling passes in the future!.
  • Landing Mats: Landing mats provide the support your gymnast needs to practice their skills safely, comfortably and with confidence. Our home-use landing mat measures 6 feet long by 3 feet wide. This mat fits perfectly under any of our raised balance beams, or at the end of any balance beam to provide additional support for beam dismounts. Landing mats are some of our best-selling gymnastics mats for home.
  • Incline Mats: Incline mats, also known as cheese mats, are typically used for tumbling, and help young gymnasts advance several skills. These tumbling mats for home can help improve dive rolls, forward rolls, pike and straddle rolls, handstand rolls, back extensions, cartwheels and several other gymnastics skills. Our Nimble Sports incline mats measure 6 feet long by 30 inches wide.
  • Sectional Mats: Nimble Sports sectional gymnastics mats can serve many purposes in your at-home gym. These 2-foot-by-4-foot gymnastics mats are available in a variety of colors and can be used for beginner to advanced gymnastics, aerobics, martial arts, dance and a long list of additional sports.

 

Looking to purchase gymnastics mats for home use? Check out Nimble Sports buying guide to help you choose the right gym mat to fit your needs.

Other Uses for Home Gymnastics Mats
Purchase one of our Nimble Sports gymnastic practice mats for home, and you’ll probably find yourself using it for numerous other sports and activities. Gymnastics mats are great for home workouts as well as practicing cheerleading, wrestling, dancing, karate and other activities that require extra floor support. In addition to providing your child a place to practice, an at-home gymnastics mat will protect your flooring and furniture from being used instead.

Encourage Safe Practice by Buying a Home-Use Gymnastics Mat

Buy a home-use gymnastics mat from Nimble Sports and start encouraging your little gymnast to advance his or her skills today. Gymnastics mats make great gifts for a gymnast of any age, and you won’t be disappointed by the many uses a mat can serve in your home. Browse our complete selection of gymnastics mats and find one (or more) that will work for your home for your son or daughter today.

 

Sources

http://www.nimblesports.com/

Gymnastics Mats for Home Use – Buying Guide

http://www.nimblesports.com/foldingmat/folding-mats

http://www.nimblesports.com/landingmat/landing-mat-1

http://www.nimblesports.com/inclinemats/incline-mats

http://www.nimblesports.com/sectionalmat/sectional-gymnastics-mat

http://www.nimblesports.com/product-list/gym-mats

Halloween Costumes for Gymnasts

With Halloween right around the corner we’ve researched some different costume ideas great for any gymnast!

Come back to the blog next week for a special Halloween contest announcement!

Here is a list of Nimsey’s favorite Costumes;

  1. Olympic Gymnast in Warm-Ups
  2. Vintage Cheerleader
  3. The Water Bottle Flip
  4. Thing 1 & Thing 2
  5. Kerri Strug

 

How to Satisfy your Young Athlete’s Sweet Tooth

Like any young athlete, they love baked goods and sugary treats! So what can we do as parents to help them stay healthy and fit, yet still be kids who deserve those yummy treats?

One of the most important things you can do for your child athlete is fuel them with energy!

Here are some great healthy baking alternatives you may not have heard of that will help fuel your athlete and still satisfy their sweet tooth!

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Spook-Tacular Home Gymnastics Equipment for Your Gymnast

Check out our “Spook-Tacular” NEW Products and Combos!! And be SURE to keep an eye out for our Annual Nimble Sports Halloween Contest! (Details to follow)


Nimble Sports 3-Play Little Gym is our NEWEST Combo and comes in pink or blue bars, with a Low-Balance Beam in 4 different colors and your choice of 8ft folding mat that comes in a variety of colors!

The Nimble Sports Premium Adjustable Horizontal Bar is great for beginner to intermediate level gymnasts who want to flip, tumble and train at home and holds up to 125 Lbs when purchased with our Premium Base Extensions.

The PINK 3Play bar is a LIMITED QUANTITY Item, designed to change from the adjustable horizontal bar to the adjustable uneven bars to the adjustable parallel bars. Base extensions are included with the 3-Play for added stability.

Home Gymnastics Equipment for Kids

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A Guide to Choosing The Right Sport For Your Child

Youth sports are a big part of families’ lives today. Although it’s difficult to know exactly how many children in the United States are actively involved in organized sports, it’s estimated that more than 21 million American kids participate in children’s sports on a regular basis. For kids, youth sports represent an opportunity to play a game they love while learning about themselves and their peers. Not only do they get some important exercise and help develop their growing bodies, they also learn valuable concepts such as teamwork, sportsmanship and socialization that will help their emotional and mental development.

Yet none of those benefits can be gained if your child doesn’t stick with his or her sport, which is why it’s crucial to choose the right sport for your child at the beginning. Trying to push a child into a sport that he or she is not ready for can lead to the child abandoning it. Choosing a sport that requires too much of a commitment from a time or financial perspective can mean you may have to pull your child out of it. To avoid these potential problems, refer to the accompanying guide. It can help you choose the right sport for your son or daughter so he or she gets the most out of the experience.

 

Choosing The Right Sport For Your Child – Answering these questions can help ensure that your child gets the maximum benefit from sports participation.

 

Does Your Child Like Any Sports More Than Others?

If your son shows an affinity for basketball, or if your daughter has expressed a desire to take up archery, for example, you at least have a starting point to find a sport your child will enjoy.

What Are Your Child’s Physical Traits?

Your child’s physical traits can help determine whether a sport is right for him or her. For example, taller children may excel at basketball, while children who are stockier may find they do better at football or wrestling.

How Old Is Your Child?

Certain sports are better fits for older children because they require more physical coordination, fine motor skills or teamwork. Sports that require complicated strategy such as football, for example, may not be a good fit for younger children.

What Is Your Child’s Personality?


Some kids respond better to pressure than others. Some kids like to be part of a team while others prefer to participate in solo activities. Make sure the sport you sign your child up for is suited for his or her personality.

Do You Have Time for the Sport?

Because many families have busy schedules, some sports with a higher-commitment level for practices and games might not make much sense for them. Some sports such as baseball and softball also sometimes require traveling to tournaments and road games.

How Much Does the Sport Cost?

Some sports such as tennis or basketball don’t require much in the way of equipment, whereas hockey and football need lots of equipment. Always keep your family’s budget in mind when looking into different youth sports.

Is Your Child Having Fun?

Perhaps most important: Make sure the sport your child chooses is one he or she has fun playing. Otherwise, the time, effort and money your family puts into it may all be for nothing once your child decides he or she no longer wants to participate.

 

POST SOURCES
 http://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/9469252/hidden-demographics-youth-sports-espn-magazine
https://www.todaysparent.com/kids/preschool/how-to-pick-the-right-sport-for-your-child/
http://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=helping-your-child-choose-a-sport-1-4802

Get a Grip on Gymnastic Rips

Rips are a common and painful occurrence in the sport of gymnastics.  From novice to professional, each gymnast will likely experience rips some time during their gymnastics career.

How can you take care of your rips?

Prevention

1. After workouts, wash your hands with soap and water, and rub unscented hand lotion all through your hands. Use a brand recommended by your coaching staff.

2. Don’t let excess callouses build up. Prevent these by rubbing the areas with a pumice stone. What if your callouses are too new to find? Soak your hands in water for about ten minutes and you will be able to notice areas on the palm that retain a whitish color. These will be the affected areas you will want to rub. Use the pumice stone only as necessary. Do not over-do this process or over-use your pumice stone as this can cause more damage to your hands during workouts.

3. Always keep your hands somewhat moist. Don’t let them dry up, especially outside of the gym.

4. Use a combination of tennis wristbands, gym tape and pre wrap to cover areas of your hands that rub on your grips.

Dealing with a Rip

1. You should remove the excess skin and sterilize using a pair of nail clippers or medical scissors. Cover the rip with over-the-counter antibiotic ointment to allow the rip to breathe.

Healing

1. Once new skin has covered the rip, continue using hand lotion as described above. If the rip is allowed to dry up, the skin will crack and you will continue to rip in the same spot.

2. Working out when you have a rip; be sure to tape and protect the rip appropriately before you start practicing. Use ointment to prevent friction from re-opening the wound and cover with pre wrap and gym tape.

3. When you have a rip during competition; before competition keep ice packs on the area of the rip or soak your hands in ice cold water for ten minutes. Be sure that your hands return to normal temperature before you compete.

Who is Aly Raisman?

Today we’re asking… Who is Aly Raisman?

We know the All-Around Gymnastics Olympic Athlete as just that, an Olympic Athlete. But what are her real-life thoughts and opinions on the games and plans for the future? Read some of the excerpts below and follow the links to read more!

Rio de Janeiro – Aly Raisman, 2016

 

Aly on being a leader;

“Being a leader of this team I think is very important.  I’ll be the oldest.  I’ve been the oldest for a couple of years now and I’m the oldest of four siblings and the oldest at my gym where I train.  So it is really important for me to be a good role model and that these girls look up to me.  But at the same time we’re a team.  We all help each other out. . And just because I’m the team leader, the captain it doesn’t mean that I don’t need their help too. We all work together.”

 

Aly on the morning after team final in 2012;

“I remember, like, I woke up in the morning to my mom, she texted all five of us in a group message and she was like, “Good morning, Olympic champions!” And we thought it was so cool because we were just like, “Oh my God.” It doesn’t really sink in, but when you wake up in the morning, it just, it doesn’t feel real at all and then it’s like you’re preparing for the next few competitions.”

Aly on the Olympic Spirit;

“The Olympic spirit I think is just unlike anything else in the world.  It’s kind of a time where the whole world comes together and they support their favorite athletes or their favorite team and no matter where you are in the world and no matter what’s going on it’s nice that everyone can just stop and support everyone because I think everyone loves sports.  It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do.  I think everyone shares that love and passion and everyone loves watching sports. So it’s really a lot of fun, especially being from the United States.  We obviously a huge sports country and we’re very successful.  So it’s really cool to be a part of it.”

Rio de Janeiro – Aly Raisman, 2016

Read more about Aly’s thoughts and opinions by clicking the link below;

http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/oral-history-aly-raisman-interview-quotes