Monthly Archives: January 2015

It All Started With A Dream

Our company was built on a very simple philosophy – to provide our customers with the highest quality home gymnastics equipment at the best prices. We come by this philosophy honestly as our company had very humble beginnings; starting with a father who wanted to build a balance beam for his daughter in support of her interest in gymnastics and that has grown into a thriving business providing the highest quality gymnastics equipment for kids. Today, our gymnastic mats for sale have all been hand sewn by the team here at Nimble Sports, every balance beam for sale has been built from scratch, and our gymnastics bars for sale have each been welded by our team. Our process is embedded in high quality standards and – to back it up – we offer a one year warranty on every product we sell.

Cute and Easy Gymnastics Hairstyles

Do you have a big gymnastics meet coming up and need to get the hair out of your gymnasts face? Here are some adorable hairstyles that work perfectly for gymnastics!

Eashair #1y Fold-Up Braids
Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 10-15 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.
Time Requirement: 10-15 minutes
Skill Level: Medium
Video tutorial: https://youtu.be/BmjwS6EHQ0M
Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Begin by parting the hair down the middle the head…
2. On each side, create a side Dutch Braid and finish them off into simple braids, secured with hair elastics…
3. Then take the two braid tails and cross the left one under the right, taking the left one up and laying it directly under the original Dutch Braid on that right side…
4. Secure the braid into place using a few bobby pins…
5. On your free simple braid tail now on that side, right below where the braid meets the beginning of the Dutch Braid, take the end and fold it under being careful to tuck the braid ends underneath, and secure with more bobby pins…
6. Repeat Steps #3-5 on the other side, making sure that your folds are equal from the front…
7. Add hairspray {if desired}.

The perfect bow bun updohair #2
Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, bun maker, 2 ponytail holders, 1 small hair elastic, 4-6 bobby pins, hairspray or Spray Wax {if desired}.
Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes
Skill Level: Medium
Video Tutorial: https://youtu.be/89k3sWU-lS4
Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Begin by securing all the hair into a high ponytail…
2. Next, section off a 1 inch piece and temporarily secure it out of the way while you work with the rest of the ponytail…
3. Slide a bun maker {or hair doughnut} onto the larger ponytail, leaving the small one underneath…
4. Allow the hair fall naturally, so that it covers the bun maker evenly {you many use a comb to help you achieve this}…
5. Add a second ponytail holder over the top of the newly-created hair bun to secure it perfectly…
6. Then, begin to twist the remaining hair around the base, carefully adding in small sections of remaining hair into the twist as you go around…
7. When you run out of left-over hair at the base of the bun, bobby pin the ends into place against the bun maker, using more bobby pins to secure any layered ends…
8. Now, release the small ponytail section you temporarily set aside, which is now underneath the bun, and add a small hair elastic on it up near the bun’s base…
9. After wrapping the elastic around the hair a few times, before it is too tight, take your index finger and thumb through the elastic and pull through your first loop of hair {when pulling the hair through, only pull enough to create a small loop}…
10. Then, give the elastic a full twist and then form your second loop the same as you did in Step #9…
11. Now, to create the knotted section of the bow, take any left over ends and wrap them up and over where the elastic can be seen in the middle of the bow, and secure them underneath the bun with a few small bobby pins…
12. At this point, you can can shape the bow to perfection by adding a small bobby pin from the bottom of the loop and anchoring it to the hair, going upward towards the bun {be sure to place the bobby pin inside the bottom section of the loop, which will allow you to form the top into a perfect bow-like shape}…
13. Repeat on both sides of the bow…
14. Then add hairspray or spray wax to secure any fly aways

Row Twisted Bunhair #3
For athletic events, all you have to to twist your rope twists tightly, adding pomade or hairspray to them, and then wrapping them tightly into a bun and securing them. {For sports, or ballet, do not fluff the rope braids as I did in the video… keep them tight.}
Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 ponytail holders, 2 small hair elastics, 8-10 bobby pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.
Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
Video tutorial: https://youtu.be/Sjljng1iDiA
Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Begin by parting hair in the middle of head, and dividing into two even sections {for an older look, add curls and tease the hair before creating the ponytails. You can also leave a few curly tendrils to frame the face}…
2. Take each section and secure it into a ponytail on the back of the head with a ponytail holder {make sure to keep the ponytails as close to the middle part line as possible}…
3. Now create a rope twist in each ponytail {you do this by dividing each ponytail into two even strands and then twisting the right most strand clockwise tightly one full turn, and then crossing it under the left most strand, repeating over and over again}…
4. Then secure each rope twist with a hair elastic…
5. Optional Step: If you are using this hairstyle for athletics or dance you can leave the rope twists tight. If you are using this hairstyle for prom or an updo you may want to loosen the hair a tiny bit at this stage by pulling gently on each side of the twist to separate the them and make them more full looking…
6. Now take the right-most twist and loop it under the left twist, up and over the elastic, and over the top of the two ponytail bases…
7. Secure the end with a bobby pin to hold it in place while you what the 2nd twist…
8. Now take the left rope twist and take it clockwise under the right ponytail, and up and over the two elastics, securing it with a bobby pin…
9. Go back and secure the remaining hair with bobby pins until the whole bun feels secure and with the desired look…
10. Add any accessories and hairspray {if desired}.

Dutch Accent Ponytailhair #4
Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.
Time Requirement: 2-3 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
Video Tutorial: https://youtu.be/SDHhwKnDbbg
Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Begin by picking up a medium sizes section of hair at the top near your forehead, as start a Dutch braid…
2. Continue with the Dutch braid, adding in hair on both sides, until it reaches your ear…
3. While loosely holding the hair, go back and pancake the elbows of the braid to your liking…
4. Then go proceed and finish off the strands with a simple braid {a regular three strand braid}, securing it with an elastic band…
5. Next, pull the rest of your hair up into a ponytail, high or low, depending on your taste, and don’t forget to add the braid into your ponytail before you securing it with a ponytail holder…
6. Fee free to go back again and touch up the pancaking in the Dutch braid, and section out a few thin strands of wispy hair on the sides of the face, between the temple and ear, and at the forehead corners, to soften the look…
7. {Optional} Add a hair wrap to hide the ponytail holder, and add hairspray and accessory.

 

*Includes excerpts from http://www.cutegirlshairstyles.com/category/hairstyles/other/dance-gymnastics/

10 Habits of Successful Gymnasts

Gymnastics requires commitment, determination and resilience. Whether a new gymnast, or a seasoned professional, there are a few habits that help practice make perfect. Here’s our top 10 Habits, which are a great way to start off a new year.

  1. Spaced Repetition: This doesn’t mean doing lots of repetitions on each day. Spaced repetition is practicing a small number of correct supervised repetitions on a daily basis. Spaced repetition should be employed for a minimum of 21 days to create a habit. round off back tuck
  2. Nutrition: Gymnasts should eat a diet consisting of protein, carbohydrates and good fats, which work together to build muscle and provide energy. Juice Plus is a great drink that provides multivitamins young gymnasts need.
  3. Hydrate: Drinking water to stay hydrated – not energy drinks – is important for keeping up metabolism and keeps the body and muscles functioning properly. Studies say that advanced athletes should drink 16 ounces of water per hour of training! Also carry and drink water throughout the day.641036_PtYxq3WfHFNd6kRGE3SC_fw
  4. One-Track Mind: Generally, people have “one-track minds” when it comes to learning. It’s important for gymnasts to focus on one skill at a time and learn it thoroughly before moving on to the next step or new skill. This is a good progressive training technique.
  5. Warm up: Warm up properly before practice and competition, to prevent injury. Start with simple ankle and wrist warm ups and then move to deeper stretching.548a5ed6db722.image
  6. Don’t Over Train: A young gymnast can’t go 6 days a week 5 hours a day training at 100 percent. Young bodies take 72 to 11 days to recuperate after a hard workout.smith
  7. Strength Training: Increase strength through weight training, not over repetition. This will increase the gymnasts strength without putting intense load placed on their bodies.couture leo
  8. Pre-Workout Snack: In order to give your muscles and brain the energy it needs to give 100% and stay fueled throughout practice.eat_sleep_gymnastics_printed_napkin-rdc52620de7b74b4c807740a73350d810_2cf00_8byvr_325
  9. Set Goals: Analyze the events and the gymnasts possible weaknesses. Be precise about goals, set priorities and keep the goals small and achievable.
  10. LOVE GYMNASTICS: Love what you do and remind yourself why you are a gymnast! Do this first and all of the other habits will fall into place.544fbd497d054.image

A history of Gymnastics: From Ancient Greece to Modern Times

Have you ever wondered how gymnastics has come to be such a unique and renowned sport? Here are the beginnings and major turning points in gymnastics history.

The name “gymnastics” derives from the ancient Greek word for disciplinary exercises. Gymnastics was introduced as a combination of weight lifting, track and field events, swimming and wrestling. Romans conquered the Greeks and continued using the sport as training for warfare. As Rome declined, tumbling stayed as a form of entertainment. Modern gymnastics was mostly created in Germany by Johann Bernhard Basedow who is considered the father of modern gymnastics. Today, gymnastics isn’t such a show of strength and masculinity but combines the dancelike movements with strength and acrobatic skills.

*Includes excerpts from http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/history-gynastics-ancient-greece-modern-times

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