Category Archives: Gymnastics

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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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Nimble Sports is the No. 1 place to purchase top-quality, affordable gymnastics equipment. Call 1-877-MAT-BEAM or browse our website to find the best home gymnastics equipment for your little athlete.

Gymnastics For Kids | Your Questions Answered!

Many parents don’t know “when, why or how” to start their kid in gymnastics. Below we will list a few reasons to help you on your way to getting your child active and social! 

WHEN

According to GymGab Blog you should start your child in gymnastics early, BUT you don’t have to start them early to determine their success in the sport. Many times parents start their children in gymnastics to build a stronger relationship between parent and child, get extra socialization, or simply learn to better follow direction and set goals.

WHY

Some of the following are beneficial skills your child can learn in gymnastics;

“Social Skills: peer interaction, taking turns, watching, listening, team work.
Cognitive Skills: focus, memorization, problem solving, following instructions.
Confidence: achievement, overcoming fear, goal-setting, work-ethic, commitment.
Physical Development: strength, flexibility, coordination, speed, balance, endurance.
Fun: games, music, swinging, flipping, twisting, flying!”

www.recgympros.com

HOW

Do your research! Look up local gyms in your area, and check out all of them. Talk to parents of other gymnasts and go to multiple classes. Once you think you’ve done enough research, pick which seems to be the best fit for your child!

Sources;

GymGab Blog: When, Why, How – Gymnastics for Kids

Gymnastics Levels | Everything You Should Know

How do you know if Home Gymnastics Bars will work for your gymnast? If you are an avid reader of our Nimble Sports blog, you may reference this post; “Gymnastics Skills YOU can do on your Nimble Sports Horizontal Bar.

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
  • squat on to pike sole-circle dismount
  • sole-circle dismount

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!

But… HOW do you know what level your gymnast is at? The writers at Gymnastics HQ are here to help. Gymnastics Levels generally go from Level 1 to 10, and then to Elite.

The Xcel Program that you may have in your state is also now nationally recognized by USAG as well as the JO (Junior Olympic ) level.

 

To read more on Gymnastics Levels and how to determine if your gymnast will have room to grow on our Home equipment take a look at the source links below!

 

Sources;

http://gymnasticshq.com/gymnastics-levels/

Gymnastics Skills YOU can do on your Nimble Sports Balance Beam

Gymnastics Skills YOU can do on your Nimble Sports Tumbling Mats

Gymnastics Skills YOU can do on your Nimble Sports Horizontal Bar

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!

Benefits of Team Gymnastics For Your Child | Nimble Sports

The Many Ways Children Benefit From Team Gymnastics  

Involving children in sports offers more than just physical benefits, and gymnastics is one of the best activities for teaching your kids lessons that they can carry into all aspects of their lives — now and in the future. When your children take part in gymnastics, they learn far more than how to perform forward rolls and handstands. 

The following are just a few of the many ways your little gymnast will benefit from practicing the sport in a team setting.

Learning the Basics of a Healthy Lifestyle

Youth gymnastics is a way to instill healthy habits in your kids at a young age. Team gymnastics teaches young athletes that leading an active life is both healthy and fun. When many people think of gymnastics, they often imagine the Summer Olympics. Although few gymnasts ever become Olympians — gymnasts will take away healthy habits that they will continue using throughout their lives. The team atmosphere of group gymnastics also encourages kids to enjoy being around others who enjoy an active lifestyle.

Understanding the Importance of Teamwork

The ability to work well in a team atmosphere is one of the greatest lessons your son or daughter will learn and be able to use for the rest of his or her life. Group gymnastics teaches kids to work as a team toward a common goal. They learn to create routines as a group and support one another through the ups and downs of the sport. These skills are later used in the classroom, workplace and beyond.

Giving and Receiving Support

As a young athlete, it is easy to be preoccupied by personal successes and failures. Team gymnastics teaches children that they can not only learn and draw support from fellow athletes, but they can also teach and provide support. Group gymnastics teaches kids to care about the successes and failures of others as well as how to ask for support when they’re in need.

Handling Wins and Losses

Life is full of successes and failures, whether large or small. Through group gymnastics, your child will learn how to properly celebrate wins and how to handle losses in a fair and mature manner. Team gymnastics is also a setting where having too much drive for an individual win can harm the performance of the team as a whole. Balancing personal desires and the ability to learn from wins and losses are key skills your gymnast can take directly to school, friendships, and eventually future life and workplaces.

Get Your Child Involved

There’s no doubt that group gymnastics offers a variety of physical and mental benefits that can be carried throughout your child’s life. Here at Nimble Sports, we manufacture the highest-quality gymnastics equipment for kids, so your child can practice good habits at home and at the gym in a team setting. Whether you’re looking for your child’s first tumbling mat or a complete home gym setup, our experts will help you find the right equipment for his or her age and skill level. Call 877-MAT-BEAM or browse our website to get your gymnast started today.

 

Sources

What Are the Benefits of Team Gymnastics?

https://www.champaigngym.com/benefits-gymnastics

 

Gymnastics Equipment your Kids will Love!

Creating the perfect home gym for your young gymnast may seem overwhelming at first, but Nimble Sports is here to help. We offer a variety of combo packages, including a balance beam and folding mat combo, horizontal bar and folding mat combo, complete little gyms and several other combinations, to help you create the perfect training area your kids will love!

You’ll want to consider a number of factors when choosing the Nimble Sports kids gymnastics set that’s perfect for your child. We offer combinations of balance beams, horizontal bars, folding mats and other items to suit your young gymnast’s favorite disciplines, skill level, size and more. Choose one or more of the following packages to complete your home gym with a single, simple purchase. All items are covered with a One Year scratch and dent Warranty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see a full list of products from Nimble Sports click the link below!

https://www.nimblesports.com/product-list

Gymnastics Skills YOU can do on your Nimble Sports Tumbling Mats

Nimble Sports Tumbling Mats are perfect for any level gymnasts, recreational or competitive, our mats are sturdy and reliable and just like you would find in any gym!

Here are some skills your child can perform but are not limited to doing on our mats;

 

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 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/