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Teaching Children Gymnastics Basics | Nimble Sports

If your child is showing interest in gymnastics, be sure to check out Nimble Sports guide to gymnastics basics. Teach your child gymnastics basics in the comfort of your own home. Click here to learn more!

Teach Your Child Gymnastics Basics At Home…

You don’t need a gym membership to teach your little athlete the basics of gymnastics. In fact, your home can be one of the safest and most effective places for your child to build self-confidence on the mat; learn to follow instructions, and improve flexibility, balance, strength and coordination. This guide to teaching your son or daughter the fundamentals of gymnastics will help you create engaging warmup sessions, boost your child’s strength, and help him or her master a number of skills.

Always Start With a Warmup

Most athletes know that warming up is essential to a safe and productive training session. Your young gymnast’s warmup session should consist of roughly 10 minutes of exercise geared toward getting the heart pumping and muscles loose. Jumping jacks, jumping rope, and laps around the room are just a few ways to get your child in motion.

Always follow the warmup with a series of stretches, which you can make more fun by relating to your child’s favorite animals, activities or foods. For example, tell your child to pretend to be a flamingo when performing a traditional quadriceps stretch.

Practice the Fundamentals

Most parents are not gymnastics coaches, so home is not the place to teach your children complicated maneuvers that are best taught by professionals. Instead, use this time to focus on the fundamental positions — such as the pike, straddle and tuck. Learning to roll out of a dismount is another fundamental skill to help prevent injury if the maneuver isn’t properly landed on the feet.

Use Proper Equipment

Nimble Sports manufactures the highest quality and most affordable home-use gymnastics equipment for kids. Using the proper equipment is essential to helping your child advance safely and efficiently. Nimble Sports offers low, padded beams for beginners, cushioned landing mats, incline mats and all of the equipment you need to teach your child gymnastics in the comfort of your home. Browse our products today to help your child advance his or her gymnastics’ skills.

Repetition Is Key
Repetition is the key to setting a new skill in stone. Instruct your little one to perform each new skill or maneuver 10 times before moving onto the next. Be sure to instruct and correct to prevent the development of sloppy form. A sticker chart is an ideal way to track performance and the completion of learning new skills. Visual progress is also an effective mode of encouragement.

Always Cool Down

Last but not least — every gymnastics session should end with a 10-minute cool down. This can be a fun game of duck-duck-goose, cartwheel race, or any activity that encourages your child to unwind and have fun. After all, that’s what gymnastics is all about!

 

 

Sources

https://www.livestrong.com/article/465931-how-to-teach-gymnastics-to-children/

https://www.nimblesports.com/balancebeam/low-beams

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Athlete Fueling | Healthy Eats for Your Kids

Are you a parent who is constantly looking for yummy, yet healthy snacks for your athletes to be fueled with energy for the day’s practice(s)?

Come follow our Pinterest board for some GREAT ideas for snacks and meals that will keep your athlete fueled all day long in tip-top shape!

https://www.pinterest.com/nimblesports/healthy-eating-for-athletes/

 

Sources:

http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/resources/eatright-infographics/sports-fueling-for-kids

 

Youth Gymnastics Safety Tips | Nimble Sports

Safety Tips For Young Gymnasts

It’s a parent’s instinct to worry the moment their little one shows interest in hitting the gymnastics mats. Like all athletic activities, gymnastics poses some risks for injury. However, those risks can be greatly reduced by taking safety measures in gymnastics — including practicing proper technique, maintaining strength and flexibility, using safe kid-friendly equipment and learning from experienced coaches.

The following are several helpful gymnastics safety tips to keep your young athlete safe and put your mind at ease as a gymnastics parent.

Protect the Hands, Wrists, Feet and Ankles

Young gymnasts, especially as they become more competitive, put themselves at risk for wrist and ankle strains, sprains and stress fractures. Thankfully, there is plenty of equipment available to keep your child’s wrists and ankles safe. Wrist straps, grips and guards can be used on the uneven bars, parallel bars, high bar and rings to prevent blisters, sprains, strains and other painful injuries.

Similarly, the proper footwear can help prevent injury when your gymnast is practicing the balance beam or vault. A gymnastics shoe with a reinforced toe helps take away much of the pressure of landing when performing vault maneuvers. Shoes with rubber soles can also prevent slipping (and often foot or ankle injury) when practicing the balance beam.

Maintain Strength and Flexibility

Professional gymnasts are some of the strongest and most flexible athletes in the world, but they didn’t get that way without practicing healthy lifestyles. It’s important for young gymnasts to maintain a healthy diet, stay fit and stretch often to remain less susceptible to common gymnastics injuries. Warming up and gently stretching the muscles and joints before practice is essential.

Understand Your Child’s Skill Level

It’s important for your child to have a qualified coach to teach proper technique and help your gymnast progress at a safe and productive rate. Speak with the coach often, and stay up to date on your child’s progression and skill level. When children attempt something beyond their skill level, they put themselves at a far higher risk of injury. Understanding that skill level will help you keep your child safe when practicing gymnastics at home and away from his or her coach’s supervision.

Use Proper Equipment

Using equipment specifically designed for young gymnasts will help your son or daughter improve his or her skills more efficiently and safely. For instance, every young gymnast should learn the balance beam by progressing from a line on the floor to a low beam — and eventually, to a raised beam. Gymnastics safety mats should always be placed under the equipment being used to provide softer and safer landings.

Nimble Sports is the Number 1 place to purchase safe, home-use gymnastics equipment that is specifically designed for young gymnasts. Contact our Nimble Sports team for help choosing the ideal setup for your little athlete. Or, browse our entire selection of gymnastics mats, beams, horizontal bars and combo packages to create the ultimate home gym today.

 

Sources

http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/safety-gymnastics.html

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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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Home Conditioning Practice to help your Gymnastics Skills

Below is a list of 10 simple Conditioning moves that can help improve your basic gymnastics skills at home!

 

  1. Push-Ups
  2. Crunches
  3. Hollow Rolls
  4. Hollow Rockers
  5. Toe Raises
  6. Hand Stands
  7. Splits
  8. Pancakes
  9. Bridges
  10. Jumping Jacks

 

Strength and Flexibility are key factors that are required for a gymnast’s physical condition in order to perfect basics and improve and develop new gymnastic skills. Conditioning can be easily done in the home. Your Gymnast will be surprised at how such a small amount of conditioning at home can go a long way in the gym. Conditioning may not be the most fun or exciting, but it is a very valuable effort that can make all the difference in your gymnast’s skill, determination and confidence!

Click the link below to find more Conditioning moves and specific workouts to target your core, legs or arms!

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/gymnastics-at-home/?lp=true

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.

Be Flexible Be Happy Be Healthy

You’re always on the go so you want your snacks to be able to keep up. It can be a challenge finding food that tastes good and is good for your kids. Below are two easy to make, easy to take, and easy to love recipes. Both are filled with wholesome ingredients and are excellent alternatives to cookies.

Oatmeal Energy Bites

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Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.com

Ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup almond butter (or substitute peanut butter)

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/3 cup raw honey

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

Directions: In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Roll out teaspoon sized balls and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Freeze until set about one hour. Enjoy and keep leftovers in a Ziploc bag in fridge or freezer. Makes about 20-24 energy bites.

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Cinnamon Caramel Apple Energy Balls

Recipe adapted from Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Ingredients:

½ cup pitted dates

1 cup dried apples (not freeze dried, these are the chewy ones)

½ cup oats

½ teaspoon cinnamon

Directions: Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and process until it forms a thick paste. Using about a tablespoon of the mixture, roll into balls. If you want the little bites, use about ¼ teaspoon.
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