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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.

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!

Back To School Sale

Looking for the perfect equipment to start your gymnast off the school year and competition season on the right foot? Our 4 foot wide 3 Play Bar and Mat Combo is on sale this month! Take an extra 10% off Purchase price by applying the discount code: B2S-AUG-17

The 3Play Gymnastics Bar is a great piece of versatile home equipment! This bar can be used as a Horizontal Bar, Uneven Bars, and as Parallel Bars and adjusts from 3 to 5 feet in height! You can play and practice in three different ways!

This combo also comes with An 8ft tumbling mat that fits perfectly between the width of any one of our Nimble Sports Gymnastics Bars. The folding mats allow for additional support on your landing whether you’re dismounting the bar or using it on your own to practice your tumbling tricks and passes!

 

 

 

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”)

Flip and Tumble into Christmas in July

Are we crazy? Maybe!

We’re offering discounts this July that we’ve never offered before! Receive 10% Off ANY Little Gym or Little Gym Deluxe by using the code “GYM-JUL17” at Checkout!

Want to know more about what’s on sale?

Little Gym Combo (Horizontal Bar, Balance Beam, Braces and Gymnastics Mat)

Flip, tumble and train at home. What does this set include? This combo comes with an Adjustable Nimble Sports Horizontal Bar in the color of your choice (White, Blue, Pink or Violet), an 8ft Balance Beam in the color of your choice (Tan, Blue, Pink or Violet), a set of Nimble Sports Beam Braces of your choice *price may vary (Standard Low 6”, 12”, 18”, 24” or your choice of Adjustable 12”-18” or 14”-24”), and an 8ft x 4ft Tumbling Mat that fits perfectly between the Horizontal Bar legs.

This Horizontal Bar is made to help master basic gymnastic skills. Advanced tricks and Routines are not recommended to be performed on this bar.

The Nimble Sports Balance Beam is perfect for beginner to intermediate level gymnasts, sturdy and reliable, whether you are working on new skills or keeping your mastered skills in tip-top shape.

Nimble Sports Gymnastics Mats are and excellent multipurpose purchase. These mats are great for home use gymnastics, exercise, acrobatics and competitive gymnastics.

Nimble Beam Braces accommodate any of our 6ft, 8ft, or 12ft beams. From floor beam braces to the more advanced gymnasts who want to be higher off the ground, you can choose from 1 of 6 different brace type that fits your Little Gymnasts’ needs!

    • This Package Includes: (1) 3ft – 5ft Adjustable Horizontal Bar *choice of color (1) 8ft Balance Beam *choice of color (1) 8ft x 4ft Gymnastics Tumbling Mat *choice of color (1) Set of Beam Braces *choice of height
  • (shop now by clicking any photo!)

    • Product Details:
      • Ships in 4 boxes: (1) Horizontal Bar, (1) 8ft Balance Beam, (1) Folding Mat, (1) Set of Beam Braces
      • Nimble Sports Warranty: One Year Scratch and Dent Warranty on All Nimble Sports Gymnastics Equipment – If your equipment is damaged upon arrival please call us to schedule an exchange (1-877-628-2326)
      • Gymnastics Tumbling mat
        • 8ft long x 4ft wide
        • Folds into (4) 2ft sections for easy transport and storage
        • Constructed from 18 oz Vinyl coated Nylon Cover and 1-3/8” Cross Link Firm Foam
        • Cover is mildew and puncture resistant, and fire retardant.
        • Velcro strips featured on each end allows for additional mats to be connected.
        • Designed and Made in the USA
      • Adjustable Horizontal Bar
        • Height is adjustable from 3ft to 5ft in increments of 6 inches (36”, 42”, 48”, 54”, 60”)
        • 4ft x 4ft wide base
        • Constructed with steel, supporting a 1-1/2 inch poplar wood dowel
        • Intended for beginner to intermediate gymnasts
        • Base extensions recommended for any gymnast over 70 lbs or gymnasts who perform at a Level 3
        • Designed and Made in the USA
      • Balance Beam Braces
        • Constructed with Heavy Gauge Steel
        • Ends are protected by Rubber Caps to prevent Marks and Scratches
        • Brace measurements should be taken from the Bottom of the Floor to the Top of the Balance Beam for total accurate measurement.
        • How many braces do I need? 6ft and 8ft Balance Beams support a Set of 2 braces, and the 12ft Balance beam supports a Set of 3.
        • Designed and Made in the USA
      • Balance Beam
        • 8ft long x 4” wide x 4” high
        • 3/8 Closed Cell Foam Padding on top for added foot support and comfort
        • Wrapped with Commercial Synthetic Suede
        • Constructed from 3/4” Laminated Wood
        • Designed and Made in the USA

Little Gym Deluxe Combo (Horizontal Bar, Balance Beam, Beam Braces, Gymnastics Tumbling Mat and Landing Mat)

Spoil your Hard Working Gymnast with the Little Gym Deluxe. This All-Inclusive Combo comes in a variety of sizes and colors. The Little Gym Deluxe is great for beginner to intermediate level gymnasts who want to flip, tumble and train at home.

What does this set include? This combo comes with an Adjustable Nimble Sports Horizontal Bar in the color of your choice (White, Blue, Pink or Violet), an 8ft Balance Beam in the color of your choice (Tan, Blue, Pink or Violet), a set of Nimble Sports Beam Braces of your choice *price may vary (Standard Low 6”, 12”, 18”, 24” or your choice of Adjustable 12”-18” or 14”-24”), and an 8ft x 4ft Tumbling Mat that fits perfectly between the Horizontal Bar legs and a 3ft x 6ft Soft Foam Landing Mat.

This Horizontal Bar is made to help master basic gymnastic skills. Advanced tricks and Routines are not recommended to be performed on this bar.

The Nimble Sports Balance Beam is perfect for beginner to intermediate level gymnasts, sturdy and reliable, whether you are working on new skills or keeping your mastered skills in tip-top shape.

Nimble Sports Gymnastics Tumbling Mats are and excellent multipurpose purchase. These mats are great for home use gymnastics, exercise, acrobatics and competitive gymnastics. Our Landing Mats are perfect for gymnasts who like additional support when making tough landings from their balance beam or horizontal bar. These mats fit great underneath our higher sets of Beam Braces.

Nimble Beam Braces accommodate any of our 6ft, 8ft, or 12ft beams. From floor beam braces to the more advanced gymnasts who want to be higher off the ground, you can choose from 1 of 6 different brace type that fits your Little Gymnasts’ needs!

  • This Package Includes: (1) 3ft – 5ft Adjustable Horizontal Bar *choice of color (1) 8ft Balance Beam *choice of color (1) 8ft x 4ft Gymnastics Tumbling Mat *choice of color (1) 6ft x 3ft Landing Mat *choice of color (1) Set of Beam Braces *choice of height

(Shop Now by clicking any photo!)

  • Product Details:
    • Ships in 5 boxes: (1) Horizontal Bar, (1) 8ft Balance Beam, (1) Folding Mat, (1) Landing Mat, (1) Set of Beam Braces
    • Nimble Sports Warranty: One Year Scratch and Dent Warranty on All Nimble Sports Gymnastics Equipment – If your equipment is damaged upon arrival please call us to schedule an exchange (1-877-628-2326)
    • Gymnastics Tumbling mat
      • 8ft long x 4ft wide
      • Folds into (4) 2ft sections for easy transport and storage
      • Constructed from 18 oz Vinyl coated Nylon Cover and 1-3/8” Cross Link Firm Foam
      • Cover is mildew and puncture resistant, and fire retardant.
      • Velcro strips featured on each end allows for additional mats to be connected.
      • Designed and Made in the USA
    • Gymnastics Landing mat
      • 6ft long x 3ft wide
      • Folds into (2) 1-1/2ft sections for easy transport and storage
      • Constructed from 18 oz Vinyl coated Nylon Cover and 4” Thick Soft Foam
      • Cover is mildew and puncture resistant, and fire retardant.
      • Velcro strips featured on each end allows for additional mats to be connected.
      • Designed and Made in the USA
    • Adjustable Horizontal Bar
      • Height is adjustable from 3ft to 5ft in increments of 6 inches (36”, 42”, 48”, 54”, 60”)
      • 4ft x 4ft wide base
      • Constructed with steel, supporting a 1-1/2 inch poplar wood dowel
      • Intended for beginner to intermediate gymnasts
      • Base extensions recommended for any gymnast over 70 lbs or gymnasts who perform at a Level 3
      • Designed and Made in the USA
    • Balance Beam Braces
      • Constructed with Heavy Gauge Steel
      • Ends are protected by Rubber Caps to prevent Marks and Scratches
      • Brace measurements should be taken from the Bottom of the Floor to the Top of the Balance Beam for total accurate measurement.
      • How many braces do I need? 6ft and 8ft Balance Beams support a Set of 2 braces, and the 12ft Balance beam supports a Set of 3.
      • Designed and Made in the USA
    • Balance Beam
      • 8ft long x 4” wide x 4” high
      • 3/8 Closed Cell Foam Padding on top for added foot support and comfort
      • Wrapped with Commercial Synthetic Suede
      • Constructed from 3/4” Laminated Wood
      • Designed and Made in the USA

 

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!

 

Are you Watching the 2017 USA Gymnastics Championships?

Are you tuning in to the USA Gymnastics Championships tomorrow? Check out the information below! Our Gymnastics Mats, Balance Beams and Horizontal Bars are perfect for tumbling, acrobatics, home gymnastics, competitive practice and can help you become the best gymnast you can be!

Don’t forget to watch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure you mark your Calendar for July 29th as the U.S Classic in Chicago Illinois will be taking place. Tickets have been on sale since May 12th, don’t miss a chance to get yours if you’re in the area! The Senior Session will start at 6:30 pm in the Sears Centre Arena.

Nimble Sports Spring Into Spring 2017 Video Contest

Do you or your young gymnast love to flip, tumble, and catch it all on video? If so, our 2017 Spring Into Spring Video Contest is for you!

 

How to Enter: Submit via email a 1-2 minute video of your young gymnast using one or more of Nimble Sports at-home gymnastics equipment products. Email videos 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 April 3rd, 2017. All video submissions may be used for promotional purposes. We will contact submissions chosen by the Nimble team for a finalist video compilation. Winners announced April 17th; if your video is chosen, you will win a $100 Visa gift card!

Rules

  1. Video must be shot horizontal or “wide screen” (Please do not edit the clips)
  2. Video must be submitted by parent/legal guardian via email to sales@nimblesports.com
  3. Gymnasts must be between ages 4-12 on date of submission
  4. Equipment used must include at least 1 item from Nimble sports.
  5. Video must be 1-2 minutes in length and include the following:
    1. Gymnast introduce themselves with first name (ONLY) and age
    2. Gymnast says their TOP GOAL in gymnastics for this year
    3. Showcase funny or cool tricks (humor goes a long way)
  6. One submission per gymnast

 

Deadline for email submissions:
11:59p est April 3rd, 2017
Top video submissions announced April 17th:
Video Winners = $100 Visa Gift Card

Upgrade your Easter Basket

8blbfmWho wouldn’t love a perfectly pastel colored mat in their, very large, Easter basket?

We’ve got spring time colors to fill any wish list, from blues to pinks to pastel multi colors! What a perfect way to hop into Spring? pastelmat

 

 

8vlgfmIf you’ve got the goodies, but need a Easter basket to deliver your chocolate bunnies, we’ve got just the bag for you!

Our brand new Nimble Sports gym bag comes in blue and purple! It has an adjustable detachable strap and two handles and a front zip pocket! What a creative way to celebrate Easter?

easter

Check the bags out here!