Category Archives: Competition

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!

Gymnast of the Month: August

Gymnast of the month is……Sophia Diaz from @diazdolls

You may recognize Sophia from her flipping around on our Nimble Sports Gymnastics Horizontal Bar all over Instagram!

An excerpt from Sophia’s Mom;

“Sophia started gymnastics as a toddler in diapers in a mommy and me program… by the age 5 she started begging to take gymnastics! We tried a few places and she truly enjoyed it so we decided we would permanently enroll her in a place that truly matched her personality! In January of 2017, we enrolled her at her current gym. She did a month of recreational classes before she tested out and was asked to join pre-team. Sophia did pre-team from February until end of June and was asked to join their level 2 team! Sophia has such a drive and determination to learn new things and will continue to work at it until she can do it! I say work but when I see her on her equipment she is having so much fun. She was fortunate enough to receive a Nimble Sports Little Gym Deluxe set for her 5th birthday and has truly loved every piece of it. She is not only motivated to grow herself, but enjoys helping others (especially her younger sister Olivia) and her cousins…”

  

Sophia has always loved to perform floor routines, but is growing to love the beam which is said to be her most difficult event.

Watch for Sophia’s features on our @nimblesports Instagram Page!

 

 

How to have fun as a family with your Gymnast

Here are a few fun ideas we came up with here at Nimble Sports to get your whole family involved in Gymnastics!

  1. Create a maze or fort out of your gymnastics mats and balance beams.
  2. Play “Simon Says” Gymnastics style!
  3. Make obstacle courses out of your home equipment and see who does the best tricks or gets the best time.
  4. Use your tumbling mats to have a cartwheel competition. (anyone who does not want to participate can be a judge!)
  5. Find your favorite gymnastics challenge on Youtube and recreate it!

Below are a few videos of parents and siblings tumbling, jumping and having fun as a family, all while getting some home practice in! Let these challenges inspire you to make your own fun with your gymnasts! (Videos from “My Gym Dad” and “The Cheernastics 2”)

Are you Watching the 2017 USA Gymnastics Championships?

Are you tuning in to the USA Gymnastics Championships tomorrow? Check out the information below! Our Gymnastics Mats, Balance Beams and Horizontal Bars are perfect for tumbling, acrobatics, home gymnastics, competitive practice and can help you become the best gymnast you can be!

Don’t forget to watch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure you mark your Calendar for July 29th as the U.S Classic in Chicago Illinois will be taking place. Tickets have been on sale since May 12th, don’t miss a chance to get yours if you’re in the area! The Senior Session will start at 6:30 pm in the Sears Centre Arena.

Great Meet Hairstyles

The best hairstyles for gymnasts are high ponytails or high buns. Being a gymnast requires a certain amount of professionalism and following these rules make the most professional looking gymnast possible, also some gyms/meets have certain parameters for gponytail-side-view2ymnasts hair. So follow these rules to look professional and stay out of trouble:

-Ponytail sits at the crown of head so ponytail can be seen if looking gymnast head on.

-Ponytail above shoulders. If hair is too long, curls or a bun are desirable.

-Bangs out of face. If they need to be clipped up, have clips match hair or leotard. Mismatching clips looks unprofessional.

-Wear a scrunchie or bow that matches leotard. Plain rubberbands are just that, plain.

Here are some acceptable looks!

 

 

Nimble Sports Spring Into Spring 2017 Video Contest

Do you or your young gymnast love to flip, tumble, and catch it all on video? If so, our 2017 Spring Into Spring Video Contest is for you!

 

How to Enter: Submit via email a 1-2 minute video of your young gymnast using one or more of Nimble Sports at-home gymnastics equipment products. Email videos 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 April 3rd, 2017. All video submissions may be used for promotional purposes. We will contact submissions chosen by the Nimble team for a finalist video compilation. Winners announced April 17th; if your video is chosen, you will win a $100 Visa gift card!

Rules

  1. Video must be shot horizontal or “wide screen” (Please do not edit the clips)
  2. Video must be submitted by parent/legal guardian via email to sales@nimblesports.com
  3. Gymnasts must be between ages 4-12 on date of submission
  4. Equipment used must include at least 1 item from Nimble sports.
  5. Video must be 1-2 minutes in length and include the following:
    1. Gymnast introduce themselves with first name (ONLY) and age
    2. Gymnast says their TOP GOAL in gymnastics for this year
    3. Showcase funny or cool tricks (humor goes a long way)
  6. One submission per gymnast

 

Deadline for email submissions:
11:59p est April 3rd, 2017
Top video submissions announced April 17th:
Video Winners = $100 Visa Gift Card

10 Interesting Facts About Gymnastics

1)The Ancient Greeks prepared their young men for war by doing gymnastics!

 

2) Women weren’t permitted to compete in gymnastic events until the 1920s.

 

3) Acrobatic gymnastics, which were once referred to as Sport Acrobatics, are a group gymnastic sport for men and women.woman-gymnast-blog

 

4) In the Olympics only women can compete in the Balance Beam and Uneven Bars.

 

5) Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson was the winning contestant on Dancing with the Stars in 2009.

 

6) Gabby Douglas is the first African American to win the individual all-around event.

 

7) Most major gymnasts start their careers as early as two years old!

 

8) Total Sportek ranked gymnastics the fourth hardest sport,only falling behind Boxing, MMA, and rugby.

 

9) Trampolining bounced into the Olympics in 2000

 

10) In 2012 the average age of the USA women’s gymnastics team was 17 while the average age of the men’s was 21.5

 

Did you already know some of these facts? Are there other interesting facts you’d like to share with us? Comment below!

 

 

Strength Training At Home

If you’re taking a break from gymnastic classes and don’t want to get rusty, or just want to do more at home, we’ve got some great suggestions. These exercises will give you that extra edge you need to rule the mat, beam, and bar.

Wall Sits

All you need for this one is a wall!

  • Find an open space on the wall and place yourself 1-2ft away from it 1facing forward.
  • Lean back and slid down until you’re in a 90 degree sitting position. Make sure and keep your head, shoulders, and upper back flat against the wall and your feet flat on the floor.
  • You want to maintain this position for intervals of 30 to 60 seconds. If you’re a beginner try 2-3 reps and then step it up as you become more comfortable with the move.     

Photo by Nerd Fitness

 

Mountain Climbers

Grab your mat to get started!1

  • Get into a pushup position on the floor, hands flat on the ground with fingers facing forward and arms directly under your shoulders.
  • Lift your right foot forward as close to you chest as possible while trying
    to keep your bottom down and your tummy tight
  • Continue alternating left and right feet
  • Try doing 3 sets of 10 reps, remember to stay hydrated!

Photo by Women’s Health

 

Burpees

Excuse you! The name might sound a little strange but this is a great exercise that incorporates strength, endurance, and cardio.

  • Your feet should line up with your hips and your arms should rest at your sides
  • Next lower into a squat position placing your hands in between your feet, make sure you use your legs not your back to lower yourself. 1
  • Then jump back 
  • Jump forward again keeping your feet on the outside of your hands
  • Stand up
  • Jump with arms extended upwards
  • This move is a little difficult and requires a lot of energy so do how many ever you feel comfortable with.

Photo by Burn It Fitness

Do you have any other great moves, tips and tricks to doing common moves better? Let us know! Also, if you have suggestions or topics you’d like to learn more about feel free to add suggestions in the comments below.

Excerpts from PerformanceU