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.
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!
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.
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 ...
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.