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Martial Arts: Lessons Learned

Posted on 4/6/2017
Let’s start with my introduction to the Martial Arts discipline.  It all started with  a boy in college (he is now my husband).  I knew very little about the sport, ok, nothing at all but I wanted to be supportive, so I watched and thought I could never, ever do that.  Fast forward a few years, married with 2 children and my husband is longing to participate in Martial Arts again.  I made it my mission to find him a studio.  Lucky for us a new Tae Kwon Do studio had just opened. I went in, got a copy of the schedule, and the journey began. [More]

How does your program encourage healthy decisions?

Posted on 4/6/2017

Alisa Muller (CEO of Blackhills Gymnastics)

Gymnasts are considered to be above the normal, in regards to athletes. The sport of gymnastics can be a little deceptive to those that are not understanding of the sport. Gymnastics is an "anaerobic" sport which requires short, intense bursts of power rather than endurance. Therefor gymnasts need to focus on foods containing protein and carbohydrates to build muscle. They need to have quick energy food, and should avoid foods high in fat.

Proteins are NOT all the same. Gymnastics usually has athletes that have high metabolisms they tend to burn calories right away. Protein is EXTREMELY important to not only sustain energy but to repair the muscles that are torn during training. This is VERY common especially during training cycles over the summer which are typically MUSCLE building time frames for gymnasts. Protein should be consumed 2 hours after working out. We recommend lean pork, fish, lean beef, chicken and protein shakes that are low in carbs and sugars.

Carbohydrates and Fats

Carbs are used as a quick, short-term energy source for training. Carbs will help release quick sugars into the bloodstream, it is EXTREMELY important to understand the difference between FAST release and SLOW release carbs. Slow release carbs are great for the night before a competition. Slow releasing carbs are pastas, whole wheat bread and some vegetables. Nuts, olives, olive oil and fatty fish are good fat sources.

We hope this has been helpful. Fueling an athletes body should be considered the 6th event. Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor, Mental Training, and FUELING your child’s body all equally important to a well-rounded gymnast. Consider this the next time you reach for a snack or food for your child.


Program Feature: Joe Whitworth - Lee’s Martial Arts Academy

Posted on 4/5/2017

Thinking about Martial Arts for your kiddo?   There are many types of martial arts to choose from, each with their own history and unique style.  Karate is a well known, centuries old, Japanese style of martial arts.  Tae Kwon Do, the Korean art of self defense, has been practiced for more than 2000 years and has evolved to be an Olympic Sport!  


Parent Tip: Understanding Your Role in the Athlete Triad

Posted on 3/7/2017

An athlete’s support system can be seen as a triangle of contributors - parents, athlete, and coaches,  each equally contributing to the athlete’s physical and psychological health and wellness.   Nurturing the relationships and responsibilities of each member of this triad takes a lot of finesse and strong communication.


Balance 180: A New Model for Gymnastics

Posted on 3/7/2017

Contributed by Bethany Friedrich, Special Needs Coordinator 

As the Special Needs Coordinator for Tumbl Trak, I have the wonderful opportunity to speak with gyms that offer adaptive or inclusive gymnastics programming, or even more often, gyms who are interested in starting a program for kids with special needs but don’t know where to begin.  Most have questions about logistics; who will coach the program?  How do we train volunteers?  What time should the class be offered?  Should the gym be empty?  Can I ...  


What do I do with a "sprinter" in my preschool class?

Posted on 3/7/2017
If you've ever taught a preschool gymnastics or recreation class, you know what we're talking about. The one child who is full of energy, and wants to be every where at once! They are a joy, but also sometimes hard to wrangle. We've asked some of our experts in the industry how they handle situations like these.  [More]

Program Highlight:  Onstage Dance Center, California

Posted on 2/9/2017
Expression and passion live in the soul of the dancer.  Behind every seemingly effortless performance is hours and hours of disciplined practice, focus and determination that is fueled by a spark from within that seems to explode on the stage. [More]

Q & A from the Peanut Gallery...

Posted on 2/9/2017

By Carrie Spender, Tumbl Trak Educational Coordinator and mom of two competitive gymnasts

Preparing for a gymnastics meet is a huge undertaking for coaches, athletes, parents, judges, and volunteers who all have their part, leading up to the big day, in making sure the event is a success. For us parents, once the bun is secured in place and the last good luck hug is over, we settle into our seats and get ready for the show.


Calming an athlete's nerves before a competition...

Posted on 2/9/2017
As many of us know, competition season can be stressful for coaches and athletes alike. When an athlete is nervous before a competition, they may not compete to their fullest potential, which is the opposite of what parents and coaches hope for. We, at Tumbl Trak, have reached out to some of our industry members and asked them for tips on how they calm their athletes before a competition. [More]

When you give a dancer a SOFT floor... (carpeted no less!)

Posted on 2/8/2017
Watching the fluid movement of a dancer is mesmerizing. At times, they appear to float in the air. Underneath the strength , grace, and poise of a dancers feet will typically be a floor surface that is smooth and silky, designed to allow for turn and leaps without being slippery. [More]

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