10 Interesting Facts About Gymnastics

1)The Ancient Greeks prepared their young men for war by doing gymnastics!

 

2) Women weren’t permitted to compete in gymnastic events until the 1920s.

 

3) Acrobatic gymnastics, which were once referred to as Sport Acrobatics, are a group gymnastic sport for men and women.woman-gymnast-blog

 

4) In the Olympics only women can compete in the Balance Beam and Uneven Bars.

 

5) Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson was the winning contestant on Dancing with the Stars in 2009.

 

6) Gabby Douglas is the first African American to win the individual all-around event.

 

7) Most major gymnasts start their careers as early as two years old!

 

8) Total Sportek ranked gymnastics the fourth hardest sport,only falling behind Boxing, MMA, and rugby.

 

9) Trampolining bounced into the Olympics in 2000

 

10) In 2012 the average age of the USA women’s gymnastics team was 17 while the average age of the men’s was 21.5

 

Did you already know some of these facts? Are there other interesting facts you’d like to share with us? Comment below!

 

 

Gymnastics Moves for Beginners

Do you want to help your little gymnast become the best they can be? Help them master the basics. Gymnastics basics are incredibly important to master before trying to complete the more technical moves. Some basics that are necessary include:

Forward Roll- Start standing upright then reach for the floor and tuck your chin looking at your belly button and roll coming back up in the same position.somersault

Cartwheel- This move starts in a tall stance, one foot in front of the other. Gymnasts reach down with their hands, side by side and in line with their front leg. They kick their back foot over their head, then kick their front foot. They land with the leg opposite of the one they started with in front.

Backward Roll- This move starts with a tall stance. Gymnasts then squat down on their heels, sit on the mat, roll backward, push off the ground and elevate into a standing position.

Handstand- Gymnasts reach for the ground, extending their legs to the air with their feet “kissing” when the body is vertical and upside down.

Bridge- The bridge starting position is on the back, hands next to the head with fingertips pointing toward the toes. Gymnasts bend their legs and place their feet on the floor and push with their arms and legs. They get their the arms straight and their head off the ground.

Back Bend/Back Bend Kick Over- The starting position is standing with arms straight up by the head. Gymnasts look at their hands and bend backward in a “U” shape until their hands touch the ground. Once this is mastered, they can kick their legs over their head and land on their on their feet in the lunge position.

10 Exercises you can do at home to improve your gymnastics skills

Do you want to help your little gymnast become the very best they can be? These are some at home training drills that can really help them improve without all the gym equipment.

1. Spider-Man against the wall: A hand stand is one of the most common positions in all of gymnastics. To practice this, the spider man against the wall helps practice the correct form for a handstand. Start with you hands on the floor in front of you, and put each foot on a wall. Slowly walk your hands closer to the wall and your feet up the wall until your stomach is against the wall and hold as long as you can. Keep your head neutral but look at your hands with your eyes. While in position, concentrate on tightening all your muscles.
2. Sprints: Sprints are a great way to improve your power and speed for vaults. Sprints can be done anywhere.
3. Splits: Splits are another very common position in gymnastics in leaps and jumps.splits photo

4. Pull-ups: Installing a pull-up bar is a great way to increase upper body strength necessary in gymnastics.
5. Scales: To practice scales, stand on one leg and lift the other leg directly in front of you for a front scale or directly behind you for a back scale. Scales help with flexibility and balance.
6. Jumps: Keep your body tight and jump as high as you can while maintaining body position.
7. Leaps: Leaps are common in floor and beam routines. When practicing, concentrate on keeping the angles of each leg the same, keeping your legs straight and coming as high as you can off the ground.
8. Turns: Turns are also common on floor and beam routines and can be practiced in your socks on carpet or kitchen floors.
9. Conditioning: Any exercise at all is good for gymnastics because gymnastics is a sport that uses almost all of your muscles and the stronger each muscle, the more you are able to do.3 gymnasts

10. Your routine: If you have a gymnastics routine, go through it without the tumbles. This is called a “dance-through.” The more you go over it, the less likely you are to forget it at a meet.

 

Simone Biles: The Gymnastics Superhero

Born in 1997, Simone Biles has taken the world of gymnastics by storm. At such a young age Simone will be going down in history books as one of the best. Her long list of achievements includes,164887

  • Three-time World all-around champion (2013-15)
  • 2015 World team, all-around, balance beam & floor exercise champion and vault bronze medalist
  • Has won 14 world medals (10 gold, two silver, two bronze), which is the most in U.S history
  • Her 10 World gold medals is the most ever in women’s gymnastics history
  • 2015 U.S. all-around, vault & balance beam champion and floor exercise silver medalist
  • Three-time U.S. all-around champion (2013-15)
  • 2015 AT&T American Cup champion
  • USOC Athlete of the Month for October 2014
  • 2014 Women’s Sports Foundation’s individual Sportswoman of the Year
  • First woman to win four gold medals at a single World Championships (2014) since the Soviet Union’s Ludmilla Tourischeva in 1974.
  • 2014 World team, all-around, balance beam & floor exercise champion and vault silver medalist
  • 2014 U.S. all-around, floor exercise & vault champion and balance beam silver medalist
  • 2013 World all-around & floor exercise champion, vault silver medalist and balance beam bronze medalist
  • 2013 U.S. all-around champion and vault, uneven bars, balance beam & floor exercise silver medalist
  • 2013 AT&T American Cup silver medalist

She started doing gymnastics in 2003 and was winning medals on the global level in 2o13. 10 years of dedication can go a long way in the world of gymnastics so never give up on your dreams!

How to Make a Gymnastics Leotard

Want to save a little money while still keeping your gymnast looking cute? Here is how to make a leotard at home!

Supplies needed:
1. Stretchy fabric
2. Scissors or a rotary cutter
3. pins and pin cushion
4. your pattern
5. sewing machine
6. thread to match fabric
7. seam ripper(optional but recommended)
8. washers(optional but recommended)
9. cutting mat if you are using rotary cutter

First, it is recommended that you always trace your patterns out on freezer paper because as the kid grows you will need a different size and this way you will not have to spend another $20 on patterns.
Next, lay patterns on top of fabrics.

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Keep colors of the thread as close as possible to the fabric colors.
Lay washers on top of pattern when cutting fabric patterns because it holds them in place.
Lay out all pieces after cutting to make sure they fit together correctly.

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Sew pieces together inside out using a straight stitch then a zig zag to imitate a somewhat serge.

 

 

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18 Ingenious Hair Hacks for the Gym

 

Having your hair falling in your face while at the gym is terrible! Here are 18 easy hairstyles that keep your hair far from in your face.

  1. The bang braid is your solution to keep annoying mid-level bangs off your faceBuzzfeed hair #1
  2. Or master the princess-y waterfall braid.#2
  3. Minnie Mouse buns keeps hair from whipping around everywhere.#3
  4. A ballerina bun will stay through even the most vigorous workout because spin pins.#4
  5. Braiding the underside of your bun/ponytail will keep loose strands from falling out during your workout.#5
  6. Or the topside if you have more issues with side pieces/bangs falling out.#6
  7. If you’ve got long hair, a knotted ponytail is an easy variation on a boring pony.#7
  8. A knotted ponytail works for shorter hair, too.#8
  9. A top knot can be done at a stoplight on your way to the gym.#9
  10. If you’ve got extra thick/long hair, boxer braid each side of your head and pull the remaining strands in a bun.#10
  11. A tiered ponytail will keep everything in its right place.#11
  12. Use yarn to tie your hair into a bun.#12
  13. There’s always the old sock bun standby.#13
  14. Use an Upzing Clip to create a super easy updo after your workout.#14
  15. A double braid is great for keeping hair secure during a swim.#15
  16. Spray leave-in conditioner or smooth some Moroccan/coconut oil into your hair before you go swimming.#16
  17. Use an old spice container as an emergency hair kit with pins, small hairspray, and anything else you might need.#17
  18. If you don’t want to wash your hair, sweat and build-up can be removed with baking soda.#18

 

 

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.

History of Gymnastics Equipment

ten girlGymnastics seems like an old sport, but it has been changing more recently than ever before!
Gymnastics has become a fast evolving sport since it Nadia Comaneci earned the first perfect 10 in the 1970’s and there is always room for growth in safety equipment and performance overall. In 2001, the vaulting table was the same as the men’s pommel horse until numerous injuries urged the gymnastics community to embrace the new vaulting table at every level of gymnastics. The rings have evolved largely since they debuted in the 1896 Olympics and have been made of numerous materials but landed officially on laminated wood in the modern olympics. The bars are a series of flexible horizontal bars that gymnasts swing on introduced at the 1934 World Championships. The pommel horse was originally created by the Romans as a way to practice getting on their horse; since then, the pommel horse has been fixed with handles to allow gymnasts to perform twisting, highly technical maneuvers. The balance beam was introduced into competitive gymnastics in 1934 and was only a long block of wood; it has evolved since with padding to absorb shock.

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.