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Gymnastics Life Lessons and Skills | Nimble Sports

Gymnastics can not only have endless physical and mental benefits for children but also can teach them important life skills. Click here to learn more on how gymnastics can help your child grow as a person and an athlete!

 

Life Skills Your Children Can Gain Through Participation In Gymnastics

A lot of parents are aware that sports offer a number of physical and mental benefits to their children. However, many of them don’t know how exactly the skills learned in gymnastics will affect their children’s daily lives. These are a few of the lessons that many young athletes take from gymnastics practice and competition into everyday life.

Ambition

Gymnastics may be the first experience your son or daughter has with working toward a goal and achieving it through plentiful practice and discipline. Gymnastics is a sport that encourages athletes to create a personal goal and advance from one level to the next to achieve it. This skill can be taken straight from the gym into other sports, school and eventually the workplace.

Discipline

New gymnastics skills aren’t learned overnight, and major goals take a lot of effort to achieve. Gymnastics will teach your child that discipline and hard work are essential to reaching major goals. Our little ones may have to trade some play dates and sleepovers for practice or competition that will help teach them what goals they think are most important in their lives.

Acceptance of Defeat

It’s understandable that young gymnasts want to win every competition they enter, but that may not always happen. Competition is an ideal time for kids to learn that defeat can play an important part in improving, and that it’s essential to be a good sport — win or lose.

Balance

There’s no denying that gymnastics will help improve your young athlete’s physical balance, but this is a sport that requires mental balance, too. Young gymnasts learn that practice takes place multiple times per week. That means, time for homework and other activities must be managed properly. Gymnastics offers an early lesson in how to balance your life to include what you need (an education, family time, etc.) and what you love (gymnastics, time with friends and more).

Respect

Gymnastics practice gives your kids the ability to learn a sport that’s not taught by you (the parent). The first day your child enters the gym, he or she is taught to respect coaches and teammates. Gymnastics coaches are experts in their field of work. Young athletes quickly learn that learning to respect and trust them and other peers in the sport, is essential to preventing injury, advancing in the sport and winning competitions.

Toughness

Most gymnasts experience setbacks and occasional injuries throughout their careers. As unfortunate as these obstacles can be, they also teach young athletes to accept and endure what comes, whether it be mental or physical pain from not being able to land a skill, or a twisted ankle. Your child will quickly learn that in gymnastics, and in life, things don’t always go as planned, and that certainly doesn’t mean it’s time to throw in the towel.

Teamwork and Friendship

One of the greatest benefits of gymnastics is the lifelong friendships that can be made in practice and at competition. Gymnastics may be an individual sport, but every athlete is also part of a team. The gymnasts your little athlete practices with in the gym every day will quickly become a network that supports and encourages your young gymnast — and vice versa.

Want to get your young athlete involved in gymnastics? Nimble Sports offers the perfect gymnastics products to build a safe, fun and kid-friendly home gym that will help your aspiring gymnast learn the basics of this beneficial sport. Shop with us today and feel free to reach out with any questions!

 

Sources

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/gymnastics-taught-me

https://www.flogymnastics.com/articles/5039776-10-life-skills-learned-from-gymnastics

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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

https://www.nimblesports.com/product-list

Looking for a New Gymnastics Meet Hairstyle?

Look NO further than Peng Peng Lee! If you are not already following the UCLA Bruin on Instagram you are going to want to! Peng Peng is the Ultimate #GymnasticHairGoals

All styles have been taken directly from Peng’s personal Instagram @pengpengclee 

If you’re looking for some major Hairspiration, messy buns, braids, faux hawks or a simple sassy pony, you need to follow this beam queen!

We give  this girl a Perfect 10 on her meet style for sure!

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

 

Choosing The Right Sport for Your Child

Choosing The Right Sport For Your Child 

If there’s one word that can be used to describe any child, it’s “potential.” Your children are bundles of raw potential. Finding the right outlet for your children is important. Because, the right outlet can influence who your children will become and help shape the rest of their lives. An obvious example of that potential is the near-limitless physical energy your kids likely exert all day. Sports are a popular outlet through which parents try to harness and shape that liveliness. With the right combination of encouragement and enthusiasm, your kids could channel their boundless energy into a lifelong love of sports. That love of sports can give children something they’ll enjoy doing for most of their lives — possibly giving them an opportunity to excel at the highest levels of competition. Yet for your kids to become champions or even just lifelong enthusiasts, they have to begin with choosing the right sport.

A child’s natural excitement for sports can be crushed quickly if he or she chooses to participate in a sport that isn’t suited for him or her. You may want your daughter to experience the same fun you had playing with your friends on the basketball court, but she may prefer the individual focus of karate or gymnastics. Choosing the right sport for your kids may make a difference in whether or not they stick with it for other reasons, as well. For example, your kids may love hockey, but if your family’s budget can’t keep up with the equipment costs, it’s likely your children won’t be able to stay on the ice. You also want to make sure that the sport your children choose gives them the best chance to succeed and continues to challenge them. For example, if your son is stronger than he is swift on his feet, he might have a better time participating in wrestling or football than cross-country or track.

All parents want to help their kids reach their fullest potential. That means helping to guide them toward making the best decisions as to where they want to direct that potential. Choosing the right sport for your kids can mean the difference between finding their passion and staying rooted to the couch. Consult the following guide for some tips about how you can help your kids choose the sport that’s right for them.

SOURCES

https://www.slideshare.net/Nimble_Sports/choosing-the-right-sport-for-your-child-guide/1

Nimble Sports | Balance Beams for Home

Balance Beams for Home Use can help your Gymnast improve quickly!

In the comfort of your own home your little athlete can flip,  twist, train and tumble with some of the best Home Equipment on the market made right here in the USA!

We even use commercial grade synthetic suede on our balance beams to recreate the look and feel of what you will find in your gym.

Our equipment comes with a standard 1 year warranty.

All Nimble balance beams and braces are interchangeable to find the perfect match for your gymnast to practice at home.

To get more information and see our assortment of balance beams and braces visit www.NimbleSports.com!

 

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

https://www.nimblesports.com/product-list

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/

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

 

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