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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!

 

 

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”)

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.

Great Meet Hairstyles

The best hairstyles for gymnasts are high ponytails or high buns. Being a gymnast requires a certain amount of professionalism and following these rules make the most professional looking gymnast possible, also some gyms/meets have certain parameters for gponytail-side-view2ymnasts hair. So follow these rules to look professional and stay out of trouble:

-Ponytail sits at the crown of head so ponytail can be seen if looking gymnast head on.

-Ponytail above shoulders. If hair is too long, curls or a bun are desirable.

-Bangs out of face. If they need to be clipped up, have clips match hair or leotard. Mismatching clips looks unprofessional.

-Wear a scrunchie or bow that matches leotard. Plain rubberbands are just that, plain.

Here are some acceptable looks!

 

 

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

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!