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ICYMI | 2018 US Championships – Day 1

 

Should Your Child Participate and Gymnastics & Ballet Simultaneously?

Is It Beneficial For Children To Do Ballet And Gymnastics Simultaneously?

Gymnastics, Ballet, Or Both?  

A child’s interest in gymnastics and ballet often go hand in hand. Yet as a parent, a lot of questions can arise as to whether or not practicing both activities could negatively affect your child. The following are a few of the pros and cons of dual sport practicing between gymnastics and ballet. As you’ll learn, the pros typically outweigh the cons, but it’s important to take into account each individual child’s wants, needs and abilities before making a decision.

Pros of Ballet and Gymnastics Together

There are a number of benefits to practicing both gymnastics and ballet:

  • Social interaction: Practicing both gymnastics and ballet means your child will enjoy even more social interaction with fellow young athletes. Your child will gain more friendships and socialization by practicing two sports with two different groups of participants.
  • Managing priorities: Practicing multiple sports will help teach your child effective time management. He or she must balance multiple practice sessions per week with school, homework along with other obligations.
  • Complementary disciplines: Gymnastics and ballet require many of the same physical skills, which often means children who excel in gymnastics perform well in ballet, too. The balance and maneuvers required for gymnastics often carry over into ballet practice and competition.
  • Decision making: Allowing children the opportunity to practice gymnastics and ballet will give them the chance to choose which (if not both) activity they want to focus their energy toward going forward. You may find that your child enjoys and excels at one activity more than the other.
  • Strength and ability: Gymnastics and ballet both demand core strength, flexibility, proper posture, leg strength and a number of other abilities that result in a healthy lifestyle as a child and later in life.

There are a number of benefits to practicing both gymnastics and ballet:

Cons

Practicing dual sports isn’t for everyone. These are a few reasons why some parents decide not to enroll their child in gymnastics and ballet at the same time:

  • Potential exhaustion: Practicing ballet and gymnastics together can mean your child spends more time training than focusing on other aspects of being a kid. Potentially, your child could “burn out” and lose interest in both activities.
  • Expense: Sending your child to multiple practices and training sessions each week can be expensive. It’s not an option for all families, and it’s essential to understand the expenses of practicing both disciplines before starting them.
  • Injury: Injuries are common in most sports and physical activities, so it’s important for you and your child to understand that more exertion can mean a bigger chance of injury. Make sure your child has plenty of time to rest between practices.
  • Time management: While being a dual sport athlete can teach your child the value of time management, it can also be difficult for other family members. More time at practice means less time for other interests and time spent together as a family.

Factors to Consider

The decision to participate in dual sports is different for every child and family. What works for one child may not work for another — that’s why assessing your child and family’s needs is essential to making the right decision. If your child is showing a strong interest in gymnastics and ballet, is dedicated to both of them, and the training is manageable with your time and finances, you may find several benefits to enrolling your child in gymnastics and ballet at the same time.

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GK US Classic | Our Top 10 Lovely Leos

On top of Gymnastics being such an exciting sport to watch, it seems like we are always on the edge of our seat to know what our favorite Leos will look like each competition! Here are our TOP TEN picks from the GK Classic!

10. Arizona Sunrays

Jade Carey rocked this patriotic blue Leo — looking like the fierce competitor that she is!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Twin City Twisters

Grace McCallum and Tori Tatum brought a bit of sparkle to their skills with a bedazzled seafoam and magenta ombre’ Leo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. First State

Morgan Hurd looked brilliant in a gorgeous maroon Leo with a scalloped mesh chest and tons of silver sparkle (is she maybe channeling the inner Gryffindor?!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. WOGA

The WOGA girls channeled their inner sass-factor with this super fun geometric black and purple Leo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Texas Dreams

The girls from Texas Dreams have been bright and cheery all season long in an array of rainbow colored Leos, with some subtle glam these Leos stuck out in the crowd!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Solid Rock

Jordan Bowers cleaned up with an elegant white and red ombre Leo with a beautiful bedazzled pattern on the front!

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. World Champion Center

Simone and Olivia were (almost literally) on fire in these bright red and orange bedazzled Leos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. ENA Paramus

Olivia Dunne was stunning in a coral pink bedazzled Leo, a classic look goes a long way! We absolutely love this Leo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. GAGE

Alexis Jeffrey picks up our most unique Leo for the day, the cross pattern of flowers and color contrast in this Leo has our eyes seeing Hawaiian skies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Naydenov Gymnastics

And our NUMBER ONE Leo for the GK Classic absolutely goes to Jordan Chiles from Naydenov Gymnastics! Fun fact, this Leo was Inspired by The Black Panther and designed by Jordan’s mom. Jordan channeled her inner Warrior Princess throughout the entire day and she KILLED it! We absolutely ADORE this Leo!

Gymnastics Skills YOU can do on your Nimble Sports Balance 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.

Our gymnastics beams are great for beginner to intermediate level gymnasts from Level 1 to Level 4. Your gymnast can perform these skills on any of our balance beams; 

  • handstand
  • leap with 90 degree split
  • straight jump
  • side handstand dismount*
  • jump to front support mount
  • arabesque to 30 degrees
  • lever
  • 1/2 pivot turn
  • cartwheel to side handstand dismount
  • jump to front support mount
  • stretch jump
  • cartwheel to 3/4 handstand dismount
  • cartwheel
  • split jump to 120 degrees
  • cartwheel to side handstand, 1/4 turn dismount

A balance beam is an essential piece of training equipment for every gymnast. However, mastering the balance beam isn’t easy, and having a junior balance beam at home can provide the practice and confidence needed to advance as a gymnast.

 Nimble Sports offers a variety of balance beams for sale, whether your young gymnast is a beginner or advanced competitor. There are a number of factors to consider when shopping for a kid’s balance beam for your home. You can choose from all of our different options here; https://www.nimblesports.com/product-list/balance-beams

 

Sources;

http://gymnasticshq.com/level-1-gymnastics-requirements/

http://gymnasticshq.com/level-2-gymnastics-requirements/

http://gymnasticshq.com/level-3-gymnastics-requirements/

http://gymnasticshq.com/level-4-gymnastics-requirements/

Gymnastics Skills YOU can do on your Nimble Sports Horizontal Bar

Skills YOU can do on your Nimble Sports Horizontal Bar and Nimble Sports 3Play Bar;

Our Gymnastics Horizontal Bars are great for perfecting your beginner skills and keeping your old skills in “like-new” condition. 

Our gymnastics bars are great for beginner to intermediate level gymnasts from Level 1 to Level 3. Depending on which bar you have, and which level of gymnast, your child can perform these skills on our bar.

  • pullover
  • front hip circle
  • single leg squat through
  • forward stride circle (mill circle)
  • back hip circle
  • underswing dismount
  • cast
  • leg cut
  • single leg basket swing

When your gymnast reaches 70 lbs, he/she may need extensions that will add extra weight to the base of the bar that will extend the life of your bar. 

If your gymnast is more aggressive and performing at a higher level, 3Play bars will hold 125 lbs and do not require additional base extensions, as they are already included!

Sources;

http://gymnasticshq.com/level-1-gymnastics-requirements/

http://gymnasticshq.com/level-2-gymnastics-requirements/

http://gymnasticshq.com/level-3-gymnastics-requirements/

http://gymnasticshq.com/level-4-gymnastics-requirements/

Gymnastics Life Lessons and Skills | Nimble Sports

Gymnastics can not only have endless physical and mental benefits for children but also can teach them important life skills. Click here to learn more on how gymnastics can help your child grow as a person and an athlete!

 

Life Skills Your Children Can Gain Through Participation In Gymnastics

A lot of parents are aware that sports offer a number of physical and mental benefits to their children. However, many of them don’t know how exactly the skills learned in gymnastics will affect their children’s daily lives. These are a few of the lessons that many young athletes take from gymnastics practice and competition into everyday life.

Ambition

Gymnastics may be the first experience your son or daughter has with working toward a goal and achieving it through plentiful practice and discipline. Gymnastics is a sport that encourages athletes to create a personal goal and advance from one level to the next to achieve it. This skill can be taken straight from the gym into other sports, school and eventually the workplace.

Discipline

New gymnastics skills aren’t learned overnight, and major goals take a lot of effort to achieve. Gymnastics will teach your child that discipline and hard work are essential to reaching major goals. Our little ones may have to trade some play dates and sleepovers for practice or competition that will help teach them what goals they think are most important in their lives.

Acceptance of Defeat

It’s understandable that young gymnasts want to win every competition they enter, but that may not always happen. Competition is an ideal time for kids to learn that defeat can play an important part in improving, and that it’s essential to be a good sport — win or lose.

Balance

There’s no denying that gymnastics will help improve your young athlete’s physical balance, but this is a sport that requires mental balance, too. Young gymnasts learn that practice takes place multiple times per week. That means, time for homework and other activities must be managed properly. Gymnastics offers an early lesson in how to balance your life to include what you need (an education, family time, etc.) and what you love (gymnastics, time with friends and more).

Respect

Gymnastics practice gives your kids the ability to learn a sport that’s not taught by you (the parent). The first day your child enters the gym, he or she is taught to respect coaches and teammates. Gymnastics coaches are experts in their field of work. Young athletes quickly learn that learning to respect and trust them and other peers in the sport, is essential to preventing injury, advancing in the sport and winning competitions.

Toughness

Most gymnasts experience setbacks and occasional injuries throughout their careers. As unfortunate as these obstacles can be, they also teach young athletes to accept and endure what comes, whether it be mental or physical pain from not being able to land a skill, or a twisted ankle. Your child will quickly learn that in gymnastics, and in life, things don’t always go as planned, and that certainly doesn’t mean it’s time to throw in the towel.

Teamwork and Friendship

One of the greatest benefits of gymnastics is the lifelong friendships that can be made in practice and at competition. Gymnastics may be an individual sport, but every athlete is also part of a team. The gymnasts your little athlete practices with in the gym every day will quickly become a network that supports and encourages your young gymnast — and vice versa.

Want to get your young athlete involved in gymnastics? Nimble Sports offers the perfect gymnastics products to build a safe, fun and kid-friendly home gym that will help your aspiring gymnast learn the basics of this beneficial sport. Shop with us today and feel free to reach out with any questions!

 

Sources

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/gymnastics-taught-me

https://www.flogymnastics.com/articles/5039776-10-life-skills-learned-from-gymnastics

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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/

Gymnastics Meet Hairstyle Inspiration

Are you in a Meet Day Hairstyle Rut? Try some of these Meet Styles that will compliment that sparkly Leo!

If you don’t know how to braid check out this braid tutorial for beginners!

How To: Aly Inspired Buns for Gymnasts 

 

Braids look different on everyone, so using a simple braid to spice up your regular ponytail or bun can be a great way to stand out from other gymnasts!

Follow these steps from MissySue.com to achieve the Perfect Simple Braid into a Bun for your Gymnastics Meet!

  1. Find the spot where you want to start your braid, and take a 2″ section of hair right at the hairline and divide it into three pieces.
  2. Begin the braid by crossing the back piece over the middle then the front piece over the middle.
  3. Next, cross the back piece over the middle and bring it in to the larger section of hair to create the french braid style.
  4. Cross the front piece over the middle, bringing in another larger section of hair.
  5. Continue braiding until the braid reaches a point you’d like it to end at, and finish braiding the hair into a regular braid.
  6. Tie off the braid with a clear elastic band.
  7. Next, you can gather the rest of the hair into a low ponytail, messy bun, or high and tight “Aly Bun”!
  8. Pin down any loose pieces to create the look you want.
  9. Finish with a few spritzes of hairspray and swipe on your favorite lipstick and glitter eyeliner!
  10. ROCK your Gymnastics Meet Girl you are ready to go!

Halloween Costume Contest 2017

It’s the end of October and we’re announcing our Annual Halloween Contest!! This year we’re changing things up just a Tad Bit and giving away a Nimble Sports Gymnastics Mat!

*You may enter 1x per social media platform

Contest is open to Instagram and Facebook Entries! Making Two Entries Total!

End Date: October 31st at 10:00 am EST. Nimble Sports will then VOTE on BEST COSTUME / SKILL and the winner will be announced at 2:30 EST by Nimble Sports!

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How to Enter (Facebook):

  • “Like” Nimble Sports on Facebook
  • “Like” this post
  • Share this post on your timeline
  • Leave a comment with a photo of your gymnast in their halloween costume doing their favorite gymnastics skill!

 

How to Enter (Instagram):

  • You must be following @flippingbailey @chantelcarissa_ and @nimblesports
  • Once you’ve liked all 3 accounts, Head to Nimble Sport’s Instagram page
  • Find Nimble Sport’s original giveaway post and Like it!
  • Post a photo in your halloween costume doing your favorite gymnastics skill and tag @nimblesports!

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!