Category Archives: Motivation

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

Get a Grip on Gymnastic Rips

Rips are a common and painful occurrence in the sport of gymnastics.  From novice to professional, each gymnast will likely experience rips some time during their gymnastics career.

How can you take care of your rips?

Prevention

1. After workouts, wash your hands with soap and water, and rub unscented hand lotion all through your hands. Use a brand recommended by your coaching staff.

2. Don’t let excess callouses build up. Prevent these by rubbing the areas with a pumice stone. What if your callouses are too new to find? Soak your hands in water for about ten minutes and you will be able to notice areas on the palm that retain a whitish color. These will be the affected areas you will want to rub. Use the pumice stone only as necessary. Do not over-do this process or over-use your pumice stone as this can cause more damage to your hands during workouts.

3. Always keep your hands somewhat moist. Don’t let them dry up, especially outside of the gym.

4. Use a combination of tennis wristbands, gym tape and pre wrap to cover areas of your hands that rub on your grips.

Dealing with a Rip

1. You should remove the excess skin and sterilize using a pair of nail clippers or medical scissors. Cover the rip with over-the-counter antibiotic ointment to allow the rip to breathe.

Healing

1. Once new skin has covered the rip, continue using hand lotion as described above. If the rip is allowed to dry up, the skin will crack and you will continue to rip in the same spot.

2. Working out when you have a rip; be sure to tape and protect the rip appropriately before you start practicing. Use ointment to prevent friction from re-opening the wound and cover with pre wrap and gym tape.

3. When you have a rip during competition; before competition keep ice packs on the area of the rip or soak your hands in ice cold water for ten minutes. Be sure that your hands return to normal temperature before you compete.

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

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!

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”)

Nimble Sports ABC Gymnastics Challenge ft. Gymnast of the Month (July) Isabelle Roberts

In the midst of the USA Gymnastics Championships, we’ve recently partnered with @_gymnastisabelle_ to bring you the NEXT big Gymnastics Challenge! The Nimble Sports Gymnastics Challenge!

A spin-off of the ever so popular ABC Gymnastics Challenge, We’ve put Isabelle’s gymnastics skills to the test to come up with a different skill for every letter in NIMBLE SPORTS.

You might be wondering “Who is Isabelle Roberts”?

Isabelle is a 7 year old competitive gymnast. She is Level 3 State Champion in Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, Floor Routine and All Around Champion for the State of Georgia! She is currently training Level 4 and training to test for the TOPS gymnastics program (Talent Opportunity Program – which is a ale search and educational program for female gymnasts ages 7 to 10 and their coaches).

Her goals are set high! Isabelle is striving to go to the Olympics, become an NCAA college gymnast and eventually become a gymnastics coach all at 7 years old!

Submit your own Nimble Sports Gymnastics Challenge to:

Email: social@nimblesports.com or TAG US on Instagram or Facebook!

We can’t wait to see them!

Follow Isabelle to see how you can use our gymnastics equipment to train to be the best!

Instagram: @_gymnastisabelle_

Youtube: Isabelle Roberts

 

Would you like your Little Gymnast to be featured on our Nimble Sports Blog? Submit photos and videos to: social@nimblesports.com with their gymnastics biography and what they love about it!

 

5 Reasons Why you should be like Nimsey when you’re practicing Gymnastics

June is National Adopt A Cat Month! For our first blog post of June we would like to take some time to appreciate our adorable, furry mascot for bringing some joy into the workplace while making home gymnastics equipment for Little Gymnasts around the world.

Here are 5 reasons every gymnast should be a little like Nimsey…

  • Nimsey has been the biggest fan of our Gymnastics Equipment for 3 years! She loves to stretch out and nap on our soft Gymnastics Mats and even tests our Balance Beams by walking across them. Our equipment is Nimsey approved!

  • Like all young gymnasts who know how important it is to stay hydrated during practice and at Gymnastics Meets, Nimsey loves to get her daily intake of water. She drinks it straight from the fridge and cold from the bottle (she even likes to sip from the cap!)

 

  • When Nimsey does cute or funny stunts we reward her with treats! Just as when you’re practicing new skills on your home gymnastics equipment and you finally perfect it, your mom or dad might bake you a sweet treat or take you out for ice-cream!

 

  • Nimsey loves her Nimble Sports family and always greets us excitement! When you walk into the gym to practice does it make you happy to be see your gymnast friends and coaches? We bet it does!

 

  • Nimsey is Nimble! Any and all gymnasts know that you must be nimble and have strong full-body control to be a great gymnast! Nimsey leaps and climbs all through the office as easily as strong gymnasts leap and tumble through the gym.

Lets Re-Cap our 5 Reasons Why you should be like Nimsey when you’re practicing Gymnastics;

  1. Nimsey loves our Nimble Sports Equipment!
  2. She likes to stay hydrated.
  3. Nimsey gets rewarded when she tries something new.
  4. She is always excited to see her friends.
  5. Nimsey is Nimble!