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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/

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

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Putting a Variety of Equipment Together for a Versatile Gym

8ft Long 12in High Pink Balance BeamIf you have a child who is passionate about gymnastics and wants to practice their tumbling and other routines as much as possible, then you may consider the logistics of putting together a small home gym where they can do what they love to do in the comfort of their home. Of course a home gym has to be as compact and efficient as possible. Luckily, it’s easy to find a variety of pieces that will create the perfect practice space for the gymnastics enthusiast in your life. Better still, it’s easy to find high quality pieces of gymnastics equipment online made by trusted manufacturers.

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So what do you look for when it comes to finding gymnastics equipment for sale and putting together the perfect home gym?

Online store for gymnastics equipment’s makes the creation of a home gym as easy with a gymnastics equipment package that includes all the essentials including:

  •   A 3’-5’ Adjustable Horizontal Bar
  •   8’ Adjustable Balance Beam
  •   8’ Folding Mat
  •   6’ Landing Mat

With the inclusion of these important pieces, you can put together the perfect gym for your little gymnast; a safe, effective practice space that allows for practice whenever it is convenient. There’s nothing better than having the best of the best at your fingertips – at affordable prices and manufactured by a trusted name in the industry. When looking for gymnastics equipment for sale, look online where you can find a variety of high quality pieces at great prices.

About the Company:

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Nimble Sports was started by a father who was looking for an appropriate balance beam for his gymnastics-loving daughter, decided to build that balance beam himself. With this one act, a company was started; and, today, Nimble Sports continues to provide parents with some of the highest quality, safe, and affordable gymnastics equipment on the market.

 

 

10 Things You Need to Know About Gymnastics at The 2014 Commonwealth Games

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1. There are two gymnastics categories at the Commonwealth Games – Artistic and Rhythmic.

 

2. In artistic, male athletes will compete on six types of apparatus – Floor, Pommel Horse, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar.

 

3. Female athletes will compete on four – Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam and Floor.

 

4. Only female athletes compete within Rhythmic Gymnastics. Four apparatus events – Hoop, Ball, Clubs and Ribbon – will be contested, with athletes competing for Team, Individual All-Around and Individual Apparatus medals.

 

5.  Becky Downie is the European favorite, and will try routines she hopes to use at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

 

6. Becky has a younger sister Ellie, also a gymnast and  a 2016 Olympic hopeful!

 

7. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games Australia, England and Canada won Team All Around for both men and women, placing Gold, Silver and Bronze respectively.

 

8. If you don’t know what the Commonwealth Games are, they’re an international, multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations, formerly the British Commonwealth.

 

9. Gymnastics is an optional sport for the Commonwealth Games, meaning every country doesn’t have to have a team compete.

 

10. You can follow along with all the gymnastics event and schedule at http://www.glasgow2014.com/sports

 

Minimizing Gymnastics Injuries

With all the stress your body goes through during gymnastics routines, you’re certainly prone to physical injuries.

Don’t Be Afraid to Bail Out

Be Careful When Trying Something New

Whether you’re attempting a new flip or movement, your body doesn’t have the muscle memory to give you the awareness when something isn’t going right. Build up to the trick by understanding the mechanics of the movements required, and understand how to properly bail out if you feel that something isn’t going right.

Stretching

Most importantly, stretching is vital to keep yourself healthy and injury free. Many tricks require intense flexibility, and operating on cold muscles and joints puts you at risk of tweaking something, or initiating an injury that will linger with you for an extended period of time.

Strength Training

When people run into below the knee issues like sprained ankles, it is typically because the muscles surrounding their ankles in their in their shins, calves and feet are not strong enough to support the demands of gymnastics training.

Don’t Goof Around

The majority of gymnastics related injuries in practice occur when gymnasts are not even practicing. Improper use of equipment or horseplay is often what leads to injuries. When you’re at practice be sure you’re there to practice, and always use gymnastics equipment properly.

Calf Conditioning for Gymnastics

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Exercising your calf and lower leg muscles is extremely important for maintaining gymnastics health and preventing injuries. The common ankle sprains and rolled ankle injuries, and many knee injuries can be attributed to not enough muscle training and strengthening of lower leg muscles – particularly in the calf. We’ve listed a few great exercises to strengthen those muscles that are best performed after a workout.

Strength

Heel to Toe Walking

Walk across a soft surface barefoot while balancing only on your heels. Feel free to walk on a straight path, or make it fun by maneuvering obstacles. and then for another minute, walk only on your toes. You can switch things up and target new muscles by pointing your heels or toes straight, inside or outside. If done correctly, you won’t need to do this exercise for longer than a minute.