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July 22, 2020
With cheer gyms slowly being able to open back up, everyone is in a rush to get practicing and pushing to get their athletes back in shape. Unfortunately, even with gyms using virtual classes and programs to keep their athletes interested and in shape, their athletes are not in the same shape they were before the gyms had to close before the pandemic. Gym owners and coaches need to be a little careful about how hard they train their athletes, so injury is not something they need to worry about.
“What am I going to do with my life now?” This daunting question is what most gymnasts ask themselves after they retire. When you’ve spent years dedicated to your sport, you’d think gymnasts would finally allow themselves a well-deserved break. Instead, they can usually be found planning their next step. Who can blame us? It’s that competitive athlete that lives inside all of us that's goal-oriented and driven to never stop progressing.
The active lifestyle industry is hurting from COVID-19. SFIA is working to help the industry with consumer-driven economic stimulus through the PHIT Act. By Congress’s own estimates PHIT would lead to $2.5B in new spending in the active lifestyle industry. The active population fared far better during COVID. As Congress returns this week to consider the next relief package, we need them to include PHIT for physical and economic health.
June 18, 2020
Across the nation gyms, studios, dojos, summer camps have entered various phases of reopening (or preparing for) and welcoming students back into action. Alongside the joy (and relief) of seeing students again is the additional responsibility of thoughtfully planning toward keeping children and communities safe during these unprecedented times.
Preface Contributor: Carrie SpenderThis blog came across my desk more than a week ago and I have not been able to stop thinking about it since. The author, Kimberly Ransom, tells the story of her community, shattered by the death of a beloved staff member and her reflections on how to support black athletes and families in your gym.
Each year there seems to be something new, imaginative, innovative and exciting in both products and methods for teaching. Sometimes there are several things! And, everything reflects high quality that helps clubs succeed in doing their jobs with the students/athletes making them look good and more successful as a business.
Fun 'n Fit Gymnastics
Tumbl Trak has got it figured out. With the level of gymnastics seemingly increasing by the day, gymnasts need ways to do high repetitions, without punishing their bodies. Tumbl Trak equipment is the way to go.
Former US Olympian and owner of FlipFest Camp