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There are no limits to what some parents will do for their children. When it comes to our kids’ good health and fitness, the choices come easy as we schedule practices, competitions, carpools and plan healthy meals. We are committed parents of athletes cheering them on at the gym and at home. We are constantly stepping over balance beams and inclines in our living room.
But, for busy moms and dads, finding time to take care of our own health and fitness is not as easy.
How about using that balance beam in the living room to help you meet some of YOUR fitness goals? Tumbl Trak equipment is not just for kids! I’m not suggesting you set your sights on a back handspring on that beam - but what about some increased flexibility, or toning in your core?
By William A Sands, PhD, FACSM, CSCS, EMT, Sheffield Hallam University
Strength underpins stamina. After all, if you’re not strong enough to do one repetition, then the question of stamina is simply out of reach. I will use stamina and endurance interchangeably. What is “routine endurance?” There are really only two apparatuses for women gymnasts that have serious stamina requirements“ floor exercise and uneven bars. Balance beam requires more “mental endurance” (i.e. focus) than physiological endurance (although this may be changing). One of the most common misunderstandings in the type of stamina needed for gymnastics is confusing short-duration endurance with long-duration endurance. Short-duration endurance (intense efforts lasting less than two minutes) is profoundly different from long-duration endurance (efforts lasting from approximately four minutes to hours). Unlike long-duration endurance, short-duration endurance is determined by maximal strength, not by aerobic capacity or aerobic power.
Coaches like stories. I hope that two stories will be helpful. The first comes from a different activity that has some gymnastics qualities (particularly upper body strength), and the second from my own experience.
"Improve Your Strength, Improve Your Endurance”
“Years ago a friend approached Scott with a dilemma: He'd been religiously training pull-ups for a year but had stagnated at a max of eighteen reps. He had tried many combinations of sets and reps in a futile attempt to break through this limit. When Scott suggested the routine outlined below, the friend was skeptical. How could doing fewer pull-ups help him do more? He seemed to be lacking endurance so in his mind he needed to increase the volume of pull-ups, not decrease it.