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Teaching Children Gymnastics Basics | Nimble Sports

If your child is showing interest in gymnastics, be sure to check out Nimble Sports guide to gymnastics basics. Teach your child gymnastics basics in the comfort of your own home. Click here to learn more!

Teach Your Child Gymnastics Basics At Home…

You don’t need a gym membership to teach your little athlete the basics of gymnastics. In fact, your home can be one of the safest and most effective places for your child to build self-confidence on the mat; learn to follow instructions, and improve flexibility, balance, strength and coordination. This guide to teaching your son or daughter the fundamentals of gymnastics will help you create engaging warmup sessions, boost your child’s strength, and help him or her master a number of skills.

Always Start With a Warmup

Most athletes know that warming up is essential to a safe and productive training session. Your young gymnast’s warmup session should consist of roughly 10 minutes of exercise geared toward getting the heart pumping and muscles loose. Jumping jacks, jumping rope, and laps around the room are just a few ways to get your child in motion.

Always follow the warmup with a series of stretches, which you can make more fun by relating to your child’s favorite animals, activities or foods. For example, tell your child to pretend to be a flamingo when performing a traditional quadriceps stretch.

Practice the Fundamentals

Most parents are not gymnastics coaches, so home is not the place to teach your children complicated maneuvers that are best taught by professionals. Instead, use this time to focus on the fundamental positions — such as the pike, straddle and tuck. Learning to roll out of a dismount is another fundamental skill to help prevent injury if the maneuver isn’t properly landed on the feet.

Use Proper Equipment

Nimble Sports manufactures the highest quality and most affordable home-use gymnastics equipment for kids. Using the proper equipment is essential to helping your child advance safely and efficiently. Nimble Sports offers low, padded beams for beginners, cushioned landing mats, incline mats and all of the equipment you need to teach your child gymnastics in the comfort of your home. Browse our products today to help your child advance his or her gymnastics’ skills.

Repetition Is Key
Repetition is the key to setting a new skill in stone. Instruct your little one to perform each new skill or maneuver 10 times before moving onto the next. Be sure to instruct and correct to prevent the development of sloppy form. A sticker chart is an ideal way to track performance and the completion of learning new skills. Visual progress is also an effective mode of encouragement.

Always Cool Down

Last but not least — every gymnastics session should end with a 10-minute cool down. This can be a fun game of duck-duck-goose, cartwheel race, or any activity that encourages your child to unwind and have fun. After all, that’s what gymnastics is all about!

 

 

Sources

https://www.livestrong.com/article/465931-how-to-teach-gymnastics-to-children/

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Athlete Fueling | Healthy Eats for Your Kids

Are you a parent who is constantly looking for yummy, yet healthy snacks for your athletes to be fueled with energy for the day’s practice(s)?

Come follow our Pinterest board for some GREAT ideas for snacks and meals that will keep your athlete fueled all day long in tip-top shape!

https://www.pinterest.com/nimblesports/healthy-eating-for-athletes/

 

Sources:

http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/resources/eatright-infographics/sports-fueling-for-kids

 

Choosing The Right Sport for Your Child

Choosing The Right Sport For Your Child 

If there’s one word that can be used to describe any child, it’s “potential.” Your children are bundles of raw potential. Finding the right outlet for your children is important. Because, the right outlet can influence who your children will become and help shape the rest of their lives. An obvious example of that potential is the near-limitless physical energy your kids likely exert all day. Sports are a popular outlet through which parents try to harness and shape that liveliness. With the right combination of encouragement and enthusiasm, your kids could channel their boundless energy into a lifelong love of sports. That love of sports can give children something they’ll enjoy doing for most of their lives — possibly giving them an opportunity to excel at the highest levels of competition. Yet for your kids to become champions or even just lifelong enthusiasts, they have to begin with choosing the right sport.

A child’s natural excitement for sports can be crushed quickly if he or she chooses to participate in a sport that isn’t suited for him or her. You may want your daughter to experience the same fun you had playing with your friends on the basketball court, but she may prefer the individual focus of karate or gymnastics. Choosing the right sport for your kids may make a difference in whether or not they stick with it for other reasons, as well. For example, your kids may love hockey, but if your family’s budget can’t keep up with the equipment costs, it’s likely your children won’t be able to stay on the ice. You also want to make sure that the sport your children choose gives them the best chance to succeed and continues to challenge them. For example, if your son is stronger than he is swift on his feet, he might have a better time participating in wrestling or football than cross-country or track.

All parents want to help their kids reach their fullest potential. That means helping to guide them toward making the best decisions as to where they want to direct that potential. Choosing the right sport for your kids can mean the difference between finding their passion and staying rooted to the couch. Consult the following guide for some tips about how you can help your kids choose the sport that’s right for them.

SOURCES

https://www.slideshare.net/Nimble_Sports/choosing-the-right-sport-for-your-child-guide/1

Nimble Sports | Horizontal Bars for Home Use

Horizontal Bars for Home Use can help your Gymnast improve their basic skills quickly!

In the comfort of your own home your little athlete can flip,  twist, train and tumble with some of the best Home Equipment on the market made right here in the USA!

Unlike competitors, we use state-of-the-art Heavy Gauge Steel to construct our gymnastics equipment. You can even find our Horizontal Bars being used in some Gyms for practicing basic skills!

Our equipment comes with a standard 1 year warranty.

We have plenty of colors and choices of bars to choose from to find the perfect match for your gymnast to practice at home.

Your child will stay one step ahead of practice and competition with their very own Home Gym!

To get more information and see our assortment of Horizontal Bars, Parallel and Uneven Bars, visit www.NimbleSports.com!

 

 

Home Conditioning Practice to help your Gymnastics Skills

Below is a list of 10 simple Conditioning moves that can help improve your basic gymnastics skills at home!

 

  1. Push-Ups
  2. Crunches
  3. Hollow Rolls
  4. Hollow Rockers
  5. Toe Raises
  6. Hand Stands
  7. Splits
  8. Pancakes
  9. Bridges
  10. Jumping Jacks

 

Strength and Flexibility are key factors that are required for a gymnast’s physical condition in order to perfect basics and improve and develop new gymnastic skills. Conditioning can be easily done in the home. Your Gymnast will be surprised at how such a small amount of conditioning at home can go a long way in the gym. Conditioning may not be the most fun or exciting, but it is a very valuable effort that can make all the difference in your gymnast’s skill, determination and confidence!

Click the link below to find more Conditioning moves and specific workouts to target your core, legs or arms!

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/gymnastics-at-home/?lp=true

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!

 

 

 

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.

Strength Training At Home

If you’re taking a break from gymnastic classes and don’t want to get rusty, or just want to do more at home, we’ve got some great suggestions. These exercises will give you that extra edge you need to rule the mat, beam, and bar.

Wall Sits

All you need for this one is a wall!

  • Find an open space on the wall and place yourself 1-2ft away from it 1facing forward.
  • Lean back and slid down until you’re in a 90 degree sitting position. Make sure and keep your head, shoulders, and upper back flat against the wall and your feet flat on the floor.
  • You want to maintain this position for intervals of 30 to 60 seconds. If you’re a beginner try 2-3 reps and then step it up as you become more comfortable with the move.     

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Mountain Climbers

Grab your mat to get started!1

  • Get into a pushup position on the floor, hands flat on the ground with fingers facing forward and arms directly under your shoulders.
  • Lift your right foot forward as close to you chest as possible while trying
    to keep your bottom down and your tummy tight
  • Continue alternating left and right feet
  • Try doing 3 sets of 10 reps, remember to stay hydrated!

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Burpees

Excuse you! The name might sound a little strange but this is a great exercise that incorporates strength, endurance, and cardio.

  • Your feet should line up with your hips and your arms should rest at your sides
  • Next lower into a squat position placing your hands in between your feet, make sure you use your legs not your back to lower yourself. 1
  • Then jump back 
  • Jump forward again keeping your feet on the outside of your hands
  • Stand up
  • Jump with arms extended upwards
  • This move is a little difficult and requires a lot of energy so do how many ever you feel comfortable with.

Photo by Burn It Fitness

Do you have any other great moves, tips and tricks to doing common moves better? Let us know! Also, if you have suggestions or topics you’d like to learn more about feel free to add suggestions in the comments below.

Excerpts from PerformanceU

How to do Gymnastics Moves at Home

 If you’re little gymnast is nagging you to get her to the gym, make your home the gym with these easy steps.

Step 1: Find comfortable, stretchy clothes.

Step 2: Find a big, soft surfaced area.

Step 3: Warm-up with 30 jumping jacks, 30 push ups, and 30 curl ups.

Step 4: Stretch. Pike for 30 seconds, butterfly for 30 seconds, straddle for 30 seconds, do 30 lunges, rock and roll 30 times.

Step 5: Backbend. Stand straight with your legs shoulder length apart. Place your hands straight next to your ears with your palms flat. Lean backwards and keep going down slowly until you reach the floor.

Step 6: Cartwheel.

Step 7: Handstand. Go into a cartwheel position. Bounce off your front leg and kick your back leg up straight then kick the front leg up.home gymnasts

Step 8: Splits. Do them for an hour a day.

Step 9: Scorpion. Grab your leg and make your toes touch your shoulder. Try to grab leg with other hand as well.

Step 10: Elbow Stand. Like a handstand on your elbows.

Step 11: Practice for an Aerial. Be able to do a cartwheel Get a bed and put your elbows there and kickover (elbow cartwheel). Do not do it on the floor because when your are on the bed,it give you experience of flipping through the air. Get a perfect aerial cartwheel on the bed, then move one elbow off to get closer to an aerial. Make that perfect. Move both elbows off of the bed and kick your legs over. Repeat it until you can get an aerial without your arms on the bed. Move your bed and you should pretend the bed is still there and do an aerial.

*Includes excerpt from http://www.wikihow.com/Do-Gymnastic-Moves-at-Home-(Kids)