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Gymnastics Funnies

This month we’ve compiled all of our favorite “Tumbling” videos into one funny post for everyone to see! Formally known as, Gymnastics Fails! These videos include gymnasts taking tumbles, and well.. regular people taking tumbles as well!

Always be extra careful when practicing gymnastics in the gym, at home, or in public! We hope all of these gymnasts made a speedy recovery from their flails and falls! But for now, we’ll enjoy the funnies!

 

 

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!

 

 

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!

 

Get the details on our latest Beam and Mat Combo Sale!

Want the Details on our NEW Summer Sale? Keep Reading!

We’re featuring our PINK 8ft Balance Beam and Mat Combo! To get started head to NimbleSports.com!

Step 1: Choose your Beam Brace Height.

Step 2: Choose your PINK 8ft Balance Beam.

Step 3: Choose your Gymnastics Mat Color.

Step 4: Click the BUY button.

At the checkout, enter the code: PINK-BEAM-JUN17 to receive 10% off your Pink Beam and Mat Combo!

Want some more details on this combo? Read below.

Balance Beam and Gymnastics Mat Combo

The Nimble Sports Balance Beam and Gymnastics Tumbling Mat Combo comes in a variety of sizes and colors.

This Beam and Mat Combo 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 8ft Nimble Balance Beam of your choice in color (Tan, Blue, Pink or Violet), sizable braces (Standard Low 6”, 12”, 18”, 24” or your choice of Adjustable 12”-18” or 14”-24”) and a 6ft x 4ft Tumbling Mat that slides perfectly underneath the beam.

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 an excellent multipurpose purchase. These mats are great for home use gymnastics, exercise, acrobatics and competitive gymnastics. This Mat Size leaves both ends of the beam open for a Nimble Sports Incline or Landing Mat to mount and dismount the beam.

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) 8ft Balance Beam *choice of color (1) Set of Beam Braces *choice of height (1) 6ft x 4ft Gymnastics Tumbling Mat *choice of color

Ships in 3 boxes: (1) 8ft Balance Beam, (1) Beam Braces, (1) Folding Mat

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)

Product Details:

  • 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
  • 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

An Interview with Gymnastics Supercoach, John Geddert

John Geddert photo

John Geddert is an international gymnastics coach and owner of Twistars Gymnastics Club in Lansing, MI. John was the head coach of the 2012 US Olympic Coach and the 2011 World Team Head Coach. He is the most decorated women’s gymnastics coach in Michigan history with a club record of  2,445 wins to 63 defeats at the State Championship Competition having more wins than every other gymnastics club in Michigan combined. He has been named coach of the year numerous times by different organizations, has coached over 50 National Team members, and was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Region 5 Hall of Fame. The list goes on with many more impressive gymnastics coaching feats.

Nimble Sports: Tell me a little bit about when you started the gym. What series of events led you to open your gym and why here?

John Geddert: “Well, I’m a Michigan native and my wife and I are from Alpena; we both did high school gymnastics there. We both went to Central Michigan. Fell in love with after school gymnastics programs and working with children and it progressed from there to coaching high school gymnastics.”

NS: In Michigan?

JG: “In Michigan. We did the high school at Mount Pleasant High. Then we tried to take it a step further, get a little more serious. Most people don’t know that high school gymnastics is more recreational based than club gymnastics. Club gymnastics is a little more serious. I really wanted to get serious with the gymnastics coaching so I did an apprenticeship program in Maryland for 4 years under the national team coach at the time. Then came back here and had an opportunity to take over a club here in Lansing, Michigan. At the time it was called Great Lakes Gymnastics. I worked there for 12 years, worked into partial ownership and then decided I wanted to be full owner so my wife and I opened our own program in 1996. Actually had an Olympic alternate for the Atlanta games and it was a small location at the time, very efficient but pretty small but then we outgrew it within a year. So then we opened this facility so now we have the original location. . . Well it’s actually not the original location, kind of, we changed gyms out there too and then we have the mega facility out here.”

NS: So what would you say has made your gym so successful?

JG: “I think it’s the combination of a lot of different things. One, Kathryn and I surrounding ourselves with very good people. you can’t have the kind of success that we have without tapping into the resources that you have around you and that would be mostly my staff. I have a phenomenal staff whether it be our office staff, recreational staff, assistant staff, assistant coaches to us; just a bunch of passionate people that not only love the sport of gymnastics but love kids. So that’s probably number one. I think philosophy has a lot to do with it. We’re really good at gymnastics. We’ve won more state championships than all other teams in Michigan combined in the last 25 years. If you add them all up, then we have won more than all of them. But that’s not what floats our boat, we’re good because we do things in a systematic, we have a system and an approach and a philosophy that just keeps creating really good results. So I think our philosophy of doing good things for kids, teaching them more about life than just gymnastics, I think that’s a big part of it. And you teach them things like goal setting an achievement, time management, and self discipline, honesty, integrity and all that and that transfers into they work harder in gymnastics and because of that we do well. So I think that’s it and probably the third thing is we have the best facilities around anywhere and so that certainly helps.”

NS: What’s your favorite part about owning and being at the head of this operation?

JG: “I’ve been coaching for 30 years and I can’t think of a day I didn’t want to go to work because I get to go play with kids for a living. The bright eyed, smiling faces, energy, the enthusiasm of youth is inspiring. I love the process of coaching, creating a masterpiece so to speak, piece by piece. Some people compare it to painting, you paint one little bit, then all of a sudden it starts taking shape. Sometimes it takes years to do that but the end product is so beautiful when they walk out of here. We have doctors and lawyers, and great professionals who come back for reunions; it is great. It just makes it all worthwhile.”

NS: So touching more on the kids and the focus on the kids, does the gym offer individual classes or is it just really team based? What are the options?

JG: “Everybody gets the misconception about our program because we’ve had international caliber athletes you know, our team, this program is so successful and we’ve had Olympians and I was an Olympic coach everybody thinks that you have to be a competitive team athlete to be here. 95% of our enrollment is recreational based. They come once or twice a week to jump on the trampoline, get a little fitness; our job at that point is to make them fall in love with the sport. Regardless of what sport people are going into, gymnastics is the greatest base of all. No other sport teaches the strength development, agility, focus, coordination, those kind of things, flexibility, that you can use in any sport. So a lot of our recreational students go on to be excellent athletes in other sports which is great, we’re providing a service for the community and that’s good. We love it for all of them to choose gymnastics, yeah but everybody comes in different size, shapes, and motivations.”

NS: So what’s in the next 5-10 years for you?

JG: “You know everybody keeps asking me that. I don’t feel like I’m running out of gas so I’m not going anywhere anytime soon. Obviously I need to come up with an exit strategy sooner or later. My son is heavily involved in coaching so I may be passing on the business to family. I have some other coaches who are interested in taking over. I just want whatever we have started here not to end when we are done. I want to continue the service for Michigan and the mid-Michigan area.”

NS: So any rising stars you can talk about?

JG: “We have gym packed with talent. Gymnastics has different levels from beginning, middle on up, and we have talent at every level. We are going to world championships, I am leaving on the 15th for the world championships in scotland. We’re training a young lady from Trinidad who has her goals of making the olympics for her country and she is training here to do that because their training situation isn’t world class down there obviously so thats going to be a unique opportunity if we can get over that hump and get to the real games, that would be wonderful.”

For more information about John Geddert’s gym, visit the Twistars website at http://www.twistarsusa.com/gymnastics-lansing-mi