5 Gifts Every Young Gymnast Needs

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5. Balance Beam: Nimble Sports’ Balance Beams are great gifts for the young gymnast looking to perfect their skills on a regulation width balance beam. The beam is 4in wide and 6in tall. Padding on the top of the beam is 3/8 closed cell foam. Our beams are wrapped with a commercial grade synthetic suede to give it a feel like in the gym. The measurement is from floor to the top of the beam. (shown in pink)

4. Premium Bar Mat Combo: Nimble Sports 3-PLAY is designed to change from the adjustable horizontal bar to the adjustable uneven bars and to the adjustable parallel bars. Base extensions included! The height of each bar will adjust from 3ft to 5ft every 6 inches, (36, 42, 48, 54, 60 inches). The width will adjust from 18 inches to 36 inches every 3 inches. (18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36 inches).
The 1-1/2 inch wood bar and base is 4ft wide and will fit any normal 4X8 gym mat. Made with heavy duty steel powder coated Blue. The bars weight limit is 125 LBS. Design includes rubber caps on the bottom frame for traction and lock knobs for simple adjusting. Professional protective mat should be used with this product to help reduce the chance of injury. Please allow an additional week for shipping.
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3. Tan Low Beam Blue Mat Combo: Our balance beam and mat combos come in a variety of colors! All beams are 8ft long and mats are 6ft long to fit underneath the beam. The top of the balance beam is 4 inches wide and the top is padded with closed cell foam. All beams are wrapped with a commercial grade synthetic suede so it will feel like they’re at the gym. (shown in tan/blue)

2. 3 Play Bars with Mat Combo: Nimble Sports gymnastics horizontal bars are great for any aspiring young gymnast. Created from heavy gauge steel, this bar is meant to last! The weight limit on our single horizontal bars are 100lbs and are good for beginner to intermediate gymnasts (Levels 1-3). Adjustable horizontal bar will adjust between 3ft and 5ft. (36in, 42in, 48in, 54in, 62in.) Non Adjustable horizontal bars are 4ft tall. (shown in blue/light blue)

1.Little Gym Deluxe: The Little Gym Deluxe is the ultimate combo package from Nimble Sports! The adjustable horizontal bar will adjust between 3ft – 5ft. The wood bar is 1-1/2 inches round with a 100lb weight limit. Intended for beginner to intermediate gymnasts. If your gymnast is 70lbs and/or level 3 in ability, we recommend base extensions for added stability.

The beam is 8 feet long, the top is 4 inches wide and 6 inches high and constructed of wood. Wrapped with commercial synthetic suede, the beam will feel like they’re at the gym. The beam will adjust from 12in to 18in. Low braces are included.

The landing mat is bi-folding with 4in thick soft foam – Great for Horizontal Bar.  (shown in pink/purple)

These gifts will make it possible for your young gymnast to perfect their talents at home, and take them to the gym! The skills acquired on Nimble Sports equipment are truly priceless!

 

 

 

Artistic gymnastics equipment

Have you ever wondered what equipment your gymnast is using while practicing? Here are all the gymnastics equipment used and how they are used.

Still rings-Two parallel rings 50cm apart, suspended from a cable and straps and held, one in each hand, for a series of exercises in men’s artistic gymnastics particularly requiring stillness of the body; also called the “rings”.
Uneven bars-An apparatus in women’s artistic gymnastics with a top bar 2.4m above the floor and a lower bar 1.6m high, used for a continuous series of grip changes, releases, new grasps and other complex moves.
High bar-A bar standing 2.75 meters high, used in men’s artistic gymnastics; also called the “horizontal bar”.
Parallel bars(artistic)-An apparatus consisting of two wooden rails on uprights, adjustable in height and used for swinging, vaulting and balancing exercises in men’s artistic gymnastics.
Pommel horse-A solid apparatus 115 centimeters high with two handles, or pommels, on top that men in artistic gymnastics use for a series of maneuvers defined by complex hand placements and body positions while holding themselves above the apparatus.

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Plane-An imaginary surface where moves are performed, i.e. lateral, frontal, horizontal or diagonal.
Diagonal Plane-An imaginary surface at less than a 90-degree angle to the floor, where moves are performed.
Horizontal plane-An imaginary surface, level with the ground, where moves are performed
Lateral plane-An imaginary surface to the side of, and parallel to, the body, where moves are performed.
Safety platform-A large, thick mat that sits on the floor at each end of the trampoline to cushion the impact if anyone falls from the apparatus.
Vault-A solid apparatus similar to the pommel horse, but lacking handles, and used in men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics for a variety of handsprings from a running approach.
Beatboard– The springboard used in the men’s and women’s vault.

2016 Halloween Costume Contest Finalists

Voting is underway for the Nimble Sports 2016 Halloween Costume!unnamed

Votes will be counted by liking the finalists photos on Facebook until November 14th. The three finalists with the most votes will win cash prizes! Here are the finalists:

Vote for Olivia

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Vote for Emerson

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Vote for Rilyn & Chloe

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Vote for Kennedy

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Vote for Kolby

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Vote for Jade

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Vote for Jaylee

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Vote for Abigail

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Vote for Cadence

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Vote for Rylie

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Laurie Hernandez is ‘Dancing with the Stars’

After receiving two medals in the Rio Olympics, Laurie Hernandez is back and ready for more competition. Although this time her competition is different. This time she is competing with celebrities instead of olympians and the sport is dancing instead of gymnastics.

Just a month after the Olympics in Rio, 16-year old Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez is a contestant on the new season of Dancing With the Stars . The season premiered on Monday September 12, 2016 on ABC. The show pairs celebrities with dance professionals. There are 13 total celebrity-dance professional pairs on the show and they all compete against each other for judge’s points and audience votes. The pair with the lowest combined votes is eliminated from the show every week until only one pair remains.

The new season has plenty of competition with some of the celebrity contestants being top notch athletes just as Hernandez. Fellow olympian Ryan Lochte and NFL player Calvin Johnson are the other featured athletes out of the group of celebrities on the show.

Hernandez is partnered with professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy. The duo took first place in the premier, which doesn’t come as a shocker to anyone who watched her shine at the Olympics. It would appear as though Hernandez has a leg up on the competition because of her impressive background in gymnastics, which is not all that different from dancing. Chmerkovskiy is a two-time World Dance Champion and Hernandez skills in gymnastics will aid her in mastering tricky dance moves to come this season. Good things are expected to come from the Hernandez-Chmerkovskiy pair.

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On the season premier, the pair scored 31 out of 40 possible points to come in first. They have been the fan favorite throughout the show, and were were dominating the competition throughout the fourth week where they scored 32 points, coming in first again and dominating the competition. In the fifth week, however, the pair gave what some called a “disappointing” performance. Now, in week seven, they bounced back with an impressive performance dancing the quickstep and earning 34 points. Team Valaur is heading to week 8!

You can vote for Hernandez by dialing 1-800-868-3407 or online at either or Facebook. Don’t forget to stay tuned on Hernandez’s progress Monday’s at 8p.m. on ABC and the Nimble Sports Blog anytime!

 

2016 Halloween Costume Contest

If you love your Nimble Sports products and you are, or your young gymnast is, tumbling, flipping and celebrating Halloween, we have a contest for you!

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How to Enter: Submit via email your best photo of your young gymnast using one or more of Nimble Sports at-home gymnastics equipment products in their Halloween costume. Email photos 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 October 31st, 2016. We will post our 10 favorite submissions on the Nimble Sports Facebook Page, where users can like as many photos as they want to cast their vote. We will contact 10 submissions chosen by the Nimble team for Facebook voting. Voting will take place for two weeks, and November 14th, 2016 the 3 photos with the most likes will be awarded prizes!

Rules
1. 1 photo per entry
2. 1 entry per person
3. Must be using Nimble Sports equipment
4. Must be wearing a Halloween Costume

5. Entries must be submitted via email to sales@nimblesports.com

 

Deadline for email submissions
11:59p est October 31st, 2016
Facebook voting period
12:00a est November 1st, 2016 – 11:59p est November 14th, 2016
Prizes awarded to 3 photos with most likes:
1st place = $300 visa gift card
2nd place = $150 visa gift card
3rd place = $50 visa gift card

Laurie Hernandez is ‘Dancing with the Stars’

After receiving two medals in the Rio Olympics, Laurie Hernandez is back and ready for more competition. Although this time her competition is different. This time she is competing with celebrities instead of olympians and the sport is dancing instead of gymnastics.

599932370_laurie-hernandez-zoom-afb8b6e1-06b8-45ec-8c84-9131b043fc22Just a month after the Olympics in Rio, 16-year old Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez is a contestant on the new season of Dancing With the Stars. The season premiered on Monday September 12, 2016 on ABC. The show pairs celebrities with dance professionals. There are 13 total celebrity-dance professional pairs on the show and they all compete against each other for judge’s points and audience votes. The pair with the lowest combined votes is eliminated from the show every week until only one pair remains.

The new season has plenty of competition with some of the celebrity contestants being top notch athletes just as Hernandez. Fellow olympian Ryan Lochte and NFL player Calvin Johnson are the other featured athletes out of the group of celebrities on the show.

Hernandez is partnered with professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy. The duo took first place in the premier, which doesn’t come as a shocker to anyone who watched her shine at the Olympics. It would appear as though Hernandez has a leg up on the competition because of her impressive background in gymnastics, which is not all that different from dancing. Chmerkovskiy is a two-time World Dance Champion and Hernandez skills in gymnastics will aid her in mastering tricky dance moves to come this season. Good things are expected to come from the Hernandez-Chmerkovskiy pair.rs_634x1024-160909133134-634-val-laurie-dwts-abc

On the season premier, the pair came in first. On the fourth week of the show, they blew the judges and crowd away earning the first perfect score of the season, coming in first again and dominating the competition.

You can vote for Hernandez by dialing 1-800-868-3407 or online. Don’t forget to stay tuned on Hernandez’s progress Monday’s at 8p.m. on ABC.

 

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

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  • 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.

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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.
Do you have other great recipes? Share them with us and our other readers in the comment section.

How to: Gymnastics Hair

Gymnasts jump, twirl, cartwheel, round-off, handstand, and backbend! When you never stop moving it’s hard to make sure your hair does. Here’s a few pointers to keep hair on point.

Short Bangs
When your little gymnast has bangs the whole hair process can get a little tricky. Immediately after washing her hair pat it down with a towel, then separate out the bangs and apply hair gel or spray. Comb the hair back towards the right or left side and secure hair in a ponytail. If this isn’t enough apply a touch of hairspray to a bobby pin, while making sure the wavy side is against your head, for added grip.

Long Bangs
Braid them back! If you followed Shawn Johnson during the 2008 olympics then you know what I’m talking about. To copy her side braid ponytail comb out your bangs then divide them into three separate strands. From here you can create a French, Lace, Dutch, or Half Dutch braid and keep those bangs from getting in your way. Check out Missy Sue to learn how to do each braid:

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Photo: http://missysue.com/2014/05/four-headband-braids/

Baby Hairs
Baby hairs can be a hassle when trying to create that nice finished look, so here’s a great taming tip: grab your toothbrush! I know this might sound crazy but the fine bristles allow you to grab up all the little straglers. Photo by Missy Sue
Just add a couple drops of your favorite gel to the bristles and brush away!

Frizzy Hair
Styling frizzy hair is no fun, so stop the frizz before you style. To limit breakage and knotting try sleeping on a silk pillow case or wrapping your hair in a silk scarf. One of the best tips to combat frizzy hair though is limiting how often you wash your hair. Try washing your hair every other day, this allows your hair to produce a natural oil that help with the defrizzing process.

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Nimble Sports Little Gym Deluxe on Ellen Degeneres Show

We are so thrilled to have our Little Gym Deluxe featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show! This adorable 3 year old little gymnast is having a blast flipping on our bars and mats!n

Check out the clip:

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