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[This article is the second in a three-part examination of physical training as it relates to ‘tumbling-based athletics’. Specifically, it is a discussion of the integral role that strength-training plays in optimizing the performance of technical skills.]
Strength. The single most fundamental attribute of athletic performance. In every sport. Strength is the elemental root of speed, power and explosiveness.
But when it comes to sports training, strength seems to get assigned a much lower priority than the more technical aspects. In almost every sport. We see swimmers swim, skaters skate and golfers golf. We don’t usually see these same athletes spending much time on non-skill-specific training.
Hands up 🙌if you want to advance your tumbling this summer!
Hi, I’m Danielle, the founder of CHEERFIT (www.cheerfittraining.com) and fitness expert for gymnasts and cheerleaders. Today I am going to break down the best exercises to help you advance your tumbling, build power, and prevent injury.
VAULTING is one of the oldest forms of Equestrian Sports. Yup, you read that right - Equestrian. As in, horses! I’m not talking about the kind of leather bound “horse” Mary Lou Retton won her gold on...I’m talking about the trotting, four-legged, impressive animal whose teammate is a dancer/gymnast performing on it’s back.
By: Dana Winters, Owner of Dana's Diamonds Cheer Program
Having a student pass away is something that a coach should never have to think about. I never imagined I would have to counsel my team through the death of a teammate. Sometimes we don’t realize as coaches what kind of impact we have on the athletes not only in the gym but out of the gym and their families as well.
In athletics, more applicable than knowing the number of muscles we have in our body is knowing how to get the most from them. When it comes to muscle development and peak performance training methods, Mike Gillette is a valuable resource. Mike’s resume is full of fitness focused experience, and frankly, is jaw-droppingly impressive. He is steady in his lifelong study of strength and conditioning methods adding gymnastics methodologies to his already long list of conquests.
Tumbl Trak is pleased to introduce Mike Gillette as an esteemed contributor to this month’s newsletter, with more to come! Enjoy!
In a world where collegiate gymnastics opportunities are dwindling, the NAIGC is rekindling the flame by offering an all inclusive environment that caters to everyone from the most experienced gymnasts to those who are just now beginning the sport! The NAIGC (National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs), is the flourishing collegiate club gymnastics division that has now grown to have over 1,700 members from 150 different schools and even offers a scholarship program. If you have ever met a member of their board of directors or attended one of their Nationals you will see that they embody their motto "for the love of the sport!"
Inclusion is becoming a more progressive movement in our culture as the need for accessibility of adaptive programs continues to skyrocket. Parents raising a child with special needs often face many challenges. These parents may feel exhausted, stressed, isolated and misunderstood. With an inclusion program in your gym, parent communication is key to success and builds a strong parent rapport. We’ve put together some simple steps to help guide you through this process.
If you could spend an entire day with someone - anyone….who would it be? A lost loved one? A pop icon? A historical figure?
Over the years, my answer to this question has changed many times, but recently, I feel certain I’d really enjoy spending an entire day with Valorie Kondos Field, Head Coach of UCLA Gymnastics. A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to have crossed paths with her for an hour, just before UCLA met with UW in competition. It was hard to quell the “fan-geek” in me with the excitement of the hotel lobby riddled with athlete’s parents proudly donning their UCLA gear. I might as well have been 16 again, in awe of everything UCLA.
By Carrie Spender, Tumbl Trak Educational Coordinator
Each USAG Region across the nation is gearing up for an exciting season finale. Qualifying scores are in. Sectional, State, Regional and National goals are close to being realized and the 2019 competitive season will be in the books. Tonight, as my 14-year-old daughter (gymnast), and I were chatting about the upcoming week, I was shocked to hear her say...