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By: Skyler Memmel, Central Michigan University Gymnast
As a child, I always had the dream of becoming a collegiate gymnast and I’m proud to say that my dream came true. I am a senior on the gymnastics team at Central Michigan University and I am so thankful to have had this opportunity. I have learned many life skills through the sport of gymnastics which have heightened since the time I became a freshman at CMU. Aside from the many benefits that come along with being a student athlete, the gymnastics team does a little something extra. We have a gymnastics school program that gives our team the opportunity to become coaches to kids around the Mount Pleasant area.
This summer, the Tumbl Trak event schedule was jam packed! We attended gymnastics, cheer, martial arts, special needs and fitness focused events and shows across the country, sharing education, equipment, and collaborating with industry folks. When we’re at shows, we really enjoy getting to know all the coaches, owners and athletes who stop by to ask questions, learn about new equipment or just say, “hi” at the tradeshow hall.
Mindset Coaching: Win in Gymnastics and Life
This year’s National Congress in Providence Rhode Island will be recorded in the Tumbl Trak history books as one to remember as we celebrated our 30 year anniversary! Those who visited our booth in the trade show hall were able to take a stroll down memory lane with us and view our company timeline that included the years we introduced iconic equipment, like the Tumbl Trak, or began partnerships with gymnastics greats like Chellsie Memmel.
I’m going to flat out say it, that this is the question of the year for gymnastics. Every single person in the sport of gymnastics is grappling with this. Coaches, medical providers, gymnasts, parents, and outside spectators. In the last year as gymnastics has been thrown into the darkest point in it’s history. Multiple gymnasts and coaches have told the world their story of how they achieved so-called “success” in the form of medals, podium placements, or college scholarships, but at a massive cost to their physical, emotional, and mental health.
Contributor: Alissa Zumer, Tumbl Trak Sales Associate & Dance Teacher
The dance world is always changing and evolving and good dance teachers must change and evolve with it.
I’ve been teaching acro/gymnastics for many years and now more than ever, acro has become a staple in dance performances. Being trained as a gymnast my whole life has made incorporating gymnastics into dance challenging in many aspects. The term “acro dance” has become more and more common in the dance world which is why I’ve transitioned my lesson plans and teaching methods to an acrobatic approach rather than gymnastics.
For Jody Nichols, teaching dance and theater arts to students is second nature. But, when asked to use her expertise to help gymnasts, Jody had to take a step back and view dance skills with a different lens. Her studio, A Broadway Kids Company in Massachusetts, focuses on music, acting, theater, dance, improv and more. Jody gets her motivation from knowing that in her space, children are able to be “their true self” with full expression.
By Luan Peszek
JH Consulting advises college bound student athletes and their parents in the gymnastics recruiting process to find the best fit, both academically and athletically.
Let’s face it, the recruiting process can be overwhelming for the gymnast and parent. The parent feels alone in helping her daughter get recruited and the athlete lacks the confidence and experience to know how and when to start the process. Our goal is to reduce the pressure on the parent and build confidence in the gymnast by providing expert advice and knowledge.