Category Archives: Gymnastics

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

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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

 

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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Gymnastics Funnies

This month we’ve compiled all of our favorite “Tumbling” videos into one funny post for everyone to see! Formally known as, Gymnastics Fails! These videos include gymnasts taking tumbles, and well.. regular people taking tumbles as well!

Always be extra careful when practicing gymnastics in the gym, at home, or in public! We hope all of these gymnasts made a speedy recovery from their flails and falls! But for now, we’ll enjoy the funnies!

 

 

How to do an Arial

Has your gymnast been struggling with her tumbling skills?

Improve your Side Arial skills in these easy steps!

 

Equipment Needed:

(2) Nimble Sports folding mats

Be sure to practice this skill outdoors where you have adequate room for tumbling and flipping!

 

Step 1:

Start by warming up. You’ll be using your legs a lot during a side arial so make sure your legs especially are good and warm! Make sure you do some jumping exercises on the specific leg that you will be taking off from. Tip: Try doing hamstring stretches to get the best stretch in your leg muscles. Don’t forget to flex those feet!

Step 2:

An arial is simply a Cartwheel with no hands. Before you start practicing your arial, make sure you’ve taken the time to master your cartwheel form perfectly! To introduce the arial into your layout, add a hop before you start your cartwheel.

Step 3:

Now that you’ve completed your “Hop-Cartwheel” it’s time to add a run. This will build more momentum and help you get in the air once we get close to a full arial!

The steps will look something like this: “Run-Run-Hop-Cartwheel” Tip: Since you’ve mastered your cartwheel already, make sure when you’re doing your new steps to get the fastest cartwheel you can without compromising the skill quality!

Step 4:

Takeoff; When you’re in motion for your arial, your legs become your hands! Be sure to keep your legs underneath your body to avoid a bad landing.

For your takeoff, we’re taking it back down to your “Hop-Cartwheel” phase. Except this time, you’re going to bring your body down towards your knee so you can have a strong push-off.

Step 5:

Add your “Run-Run-Hop”. During this motion be sure to swing your arms up to gain momentum on your hop, and pull them into your chest when you push off. This motion will help you get the height you need to accomplish a successful side arial!

To gain good technique, make sure your back is straight and your eyes are looking at the ground during the skill.

 

For a super secret tip on how to master your Side Arial, keep watching Sam and Teagan’s “How To” Video!

Back To School Sale

Looking for the perfect equipment to start your gymnast off the school year and competition season on the right foot? Our 4 foot wide 3 Play Bar and Mat Combo is on sale this month! Take an extra 10% off Purchase price by applying the discount code: B2S-AUG-17

The 3Play Gymnastics Bar is a great piece of versatile home equipment! This bar can be used as a Horizontal Bar, Uneven Bars, and as Parallel Bars and adjusts from 3 to 5 feet in height! You can play and practice in three different ways!

This combo also comes with An 8ft tumbling mat that fits perfectly between the width of any one of our Nimble Sports Gymnastics Bars. The folding mats allow for additional support on your landing whether you’re dismounting the bar or using it on your own to practice your tumbling tricks and passes!

 

 

 

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!