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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
  • 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!

 

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/

Benefits of Gymnastics for Toddlers | Nimble Sports

Gymnastics can offer amazing benefits for toddlers such as improving strength to helping develop cognitive and social skills. Click here to learn more benefits of gymnastics for toddlers!

5 Benefits Of Gymnastics For Toddlers

Children between the ages 1 and 3 seem to have endless energy reserves. These exciting and action-packed years are also when little ones learn and acquire healthy behaviors that they carry into adulthood. Gymnastics is one of the best activities for channeling that non-stop energy into positive play, social skills, flexibility, strength, coordination and most importantly — fun!

The following are five of the benefits of gymnastics for toddlers and why you should consider starting your son or daughter in the sport of gymnastics during these developmental years.

1. Gymnastics Builds Strength 

Strength is what your toddler needs to develop new physical skills and stay safe while having fun. This weight-bearing sport helps your child develop strong, healthy bones that can prevent injury and even reduce the negative impacts of osteoporosis as an adult. It may seem like your child is just having fun tumbling on the mats, but he or she is building important core strength as well as upper- and lower-body strength.

2. Gymnastics Provides the Exercise They Need

According to the American Heart Association, children should get at least one hour of physical exercise each day. Anyone who has ever been around a toddler knows most don’t run out of energy reserves after a single hour. Gymnastics gives little ones at least the one hour of physical activity they need on class days. With proper mats and equipment, they can continue that exercise at home on non-class days, too.

3. Gymnastics Improves Cognitive and Social Skills

Gymnastics isn’t a purely physical sport. It involves learning routines, practicing body awareness and being a positive, participating member of a team. Toddlers quickly learn the importance of body and spatial awareness when practicing even the simplest tumbling routines. Early gymnastics classes also teach the importance of patience (waiting your turn), sharing and positively interacting with fellow athletes.

4. Gymnastics Improves Coordination

Toddlers often appear clumsy as they master the skills of standing still, walking, jumping, running and rolling. Early gymnastics programs focus on alignment skills, which help your child become more agile and less likely to sustain injuries.

 

 

5. Gymnastics Is Fun!

Early gymnastics is an ideal way to introduce your son or daughter to active, productive play. Your toddler will probably see gymnastics class as a fun playtime with friends. Yet while children are having fun with their fellow gymnasts, they’re also exercising and developing physical and mental skills that will play important roles throughout their lives. Active play — enjoyed through activities like gymnastics — also teaches children that exercise is something to be enjoyed, never dreaded.

Nimble Sports specializes in gymnastics equipment specifically designed for kids. Browse our gymnastics equipment today to build the perfect home gym for your little one’s age and skill level.

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/

https://www.nimblesports.com/balancebeam/low-beams

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

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

 

Get a Grip on Gymnastic Rips

Rips are a common and painful occurrence in the sport of gymnastics.  From novice to professional, each gymnast will likely experience rips some time during their gymnastics career.

How can you take care of your rips?

Prevention

1. After workouts, wash your hands with soap and water, and rub unscented hand lotion all through your hands. Use a brand recommended by your coaching staff.

2. Don’t let excess callouses build up. Prevent these by rubbing the areas with a pumice stone. What if your callouses are too new to find? Soak your hands in water for about ten minutes and you will be able to notice areas on the palm that retain a whitish color. These will be the affected areas you will want to rub. Use the pumice stone only as necessary. Do not over-do this process or over-use your pumice stone as this can cause more damage to your hands during workouts.

3. Always keep your hands somewhat moist. Don’t let them dry up, especially outside of the gym.

4. Use a combination of tennis wristbands, gym tape and pre wrap to cover areas of your hands that rub on your grips.

Dealing with a Rip

1. You should remove the excess skin and sterilize using a pair of nail clippers or medical scissors. Cover the rip with over-the-counter antibiotic ointment to allow the rip to breathe.

Healing

1. Once new skin has covered the rip, continue using hand lotion as described above. If the rip is allowed to dry up, the skin will crack and you will continue to rip in the same spot.

2. Working out when you have a rip; be sure to tape and protect the rip appropriately before you start practicing. Use ointment to prevent friction from re-opening the wound and cover with pre wrap and gym tape.

3. When you have a rip during competition; before competition keep ice packs on the area of the rip or soak your hands in ice cold water for ten minutes. Be sure that your hands return to normal temperature before you compete.

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!

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”)

18 Ingenious Hair Hacks for the Gym

 

Having your hair falling in your face while at the gym is terrible! Here are 18 easy hairstyles that keep your hair far from in your face.

  1. The bang braid is your solution to keep annoying mid-level bangs off your faceBuzzfeed hair #1
  2. Or master the princess-y waterfall braid.#2
  3. Minnie Mouse buns keeps hair from whipping around everywhere.#3
  4. A ballerina bun will stay through even the most vigorous workout because spin pins.#4
  5. Braiding the underside of your bun/ponytail will keep loose strands from falling out during your workout.#5
  6. Or the topside if you have more issues with side pieces/bangs falling out.#6
  7. If you’ve got long hair, a knotted ponytail is an easy variation on a boring pony.#7
  8. A knotted ponytail works for shorter hair, too.#8
  9. A top knot can be done at a stoplight on your way to the gym.#9
  10. If you’ve got extra thick/long hair, boxer braid each side of your head and pull the remaining strands in a bun.#10
  11. A tiered ponytail will keep everything in its right place.#11
  12. Use yarn to tie your hair into a bun.#12
  13. There’s always the old sock bun standby.#13
  14. Use an Upzing Clip to create a super easy updo after your workout.#14
  15. A double braid is great for keeping hair secure during a swim.#15
  16. Spray leave-in conditioner or smooth some Moroccan/coconut oil into your hair before you go swimming.#16
  17. Use an old spice container as an emergency hair kit with pins, small hairspray, and anything else you might need.#17
  18. If you don’t want to wash your hair, sweat and build-up can be removed with baking soda.#18