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Putting Fitness Activities Into Gymnastics Classes

Posted on 8/13/2018
Fitness, exercise, and fighting childhood obesity are parenting buzzwords. The media continually pounds this home. Schools are beginning to take action and parents are looking for more help. Once parents realize their children receive three of the four main fitness components namely strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility as a benefit of gymnastics, they’ll realize fitness is another key benefit for their kids continuing in gymnastics. In gymnastics we can’t offer them cardiovascular endurance, but we can offer the other three components and direct them to the local soccer club for the fourth. Here are some specific ideas on how to make fitness and athletic preparedness part of your preschool and school-age curriculum.
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A Celebration to Remember!

Posted on 8/13/2018

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.


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Is It Possible to Produce High Level Gymnasts Without Sacrificing Health?

Posted on 8/13/2018

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.

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The Evolving World of Dance

Posted on 7/12/2018

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.

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Dancer Technique for Gymnastics Skills

Posted on 7/12/2018

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.  


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Your Daughter’s College Dream Is Worth Pursuing!

Posted on 6/11/2018

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.


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A Gym Full of Queens

Posted on 6/11/2018

By Carrie Spender, Tumbl Trak Education Coordinator and mother of two gymnasts


You know that feeling when you walk into a room and there’s an electric energy that tells you something great is about to happen?   That was the feeling when walking into the gym for Beam Queen Boot Camp, (#BQBC) in Redmond, WA last weekend. The athletes knew they were about to do something GREAT.


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Great coaches vs GOOD coaches; Contributor: Tony Retrosi

Posted on 5/4/2018
I don’t know about you, but today I have many more questions than answers. I know when I started in my career 25+ years ago I  thought had an answer for every question. I started off pretty green with questions on EVERYTHING. Then I progressed to the point where I did not have very many questions, but I had all the answers.  Quickly reality set in – the more I thought I knew the less I knew. This is a lesson that I wished I had learned from the start. The pathway would have been smoother and progress more consistent. [More]


Injecting a Daily Dose of Fun into your Coaching Style

Posted on 5/4/2018

When your reputation earns you the nickname, “Fun Master”, you’re the person everyone wants to be around.  This is the reality of Randy Parrish - Flip Fest entertainer, coach, presenter, Tumbl Trak Ambassador and all-around good guy.  


In his wife’s gym in South Carolina, Randy has a coaching style that gets results without taking himself too seriously. For the same reason people flock to him, (literally - if you’ve ever been to a National Congress, just look for the crowd), his athletes are inspired to be in the gym and work hard because Randy makes it fun to be there.


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Parenting a National Champion by Tori O'Keefe

Posted on 4/9/2018
Maile O’Keefe has become a national gymnastics treasure, winning our applause with back to back US Junior National Championship titles in 2016 and 2017.  In her first senior competition, Maile placed third at the American Cup in March, solidly paving her path in the senior ranks. [More]


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