They’re Back! Olympic Champions From London Launch Impressive Comebacks in Italy

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Here were "7 Takeaways" from today's team and all-around competition at the City of Jesolo Trophy meet, taking place in Italy this weekend:   1.  Simone Biles is still on top, but the field behind her just got deeper.  What was so cool about this meet – other than featuring the official comebacks of 2012 Olympic champions ...

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Selecting the Right Gymnastics Landing Mats

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With so many gymnastics mats available, it can become overwhelming in determining which size and style is the right fit for your gym. Gymnastics landing mats in particular take a lot of abuse, but these mats provide that critical protection under each apparatus that is vital to the safety of your gymnasts. Here are some key points to know about them.

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What’s the Best Way to Mat Your Balance Beams?

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We are often asked "What is the best way to mat my balance beam area?" so we thought it fitting to provide detailed illustrations of some typical setups. Below are some standard matting setups for competitions (JO and FIG) as well as for an everyday gymnastics training situation. JO Competition Setup Junior Olympic competition rules require 12cm ...

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Biles Wows Arlington Crowd….Can Anyone Catch Her Before Rio?

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I’ve decided we’re going to have to blindfold Simone Biles at her next competition to give the other gymnasts at least a fighting chance. I can’t recall another gymnast who has remained this dominant over the rest of the world in the all-around for two years straight.  Even a longtime champion like Svetlana Khorkina had her ...

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Throw Your Heart Over the Bar…

Self confidence plays a key role in the success of any athlete, especially gymnasts. Since gymnastics consists of high flying, often scary skills, it is so important to possess this vital attribute. Let's face it, we've all had those little mishaps, falls or bad meets that rattled our self confidence and sent us spiraling in to ...

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Life Changing Way to Handle Your Critics

One of the hardest things in being a young athlete today is dealing with the harsh criticisms of others. These days are especially challenging with the existence of social media which allows ones words to spread far in a matter of minutes. Athlete or not, we all have someone in our lives who for some reason ...

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Competition Day Meals: Don’t Over Think it

After many tireless months of practice, strength training and routine after routine, it's time to get up on the big stage and and see what you're made of. It's meet season and everyone is making the final preparations to ensure they are able to put up their best performance each weekend. At this point, you've done ...

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Can You Take the Heat in the Big Competitions?

Most of the best athletes in the world have not only developed superior physical skills in their sport, but more importantly, they have developed the ability to perform and display these skills in the most challenging and pressure filled situations. After all, what good will having elite level skills be if you aren't able to utilize ...

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Important Part of Training You May Not Be Doing

Here is some really good news for you! You are actually capable of performing perfectly every time! Do I have your attention? Great! Now I will finish that statement. You can perform perfectly every time...in your head. You might be thinking, "what are you talking about and why do I care about that?" Well, hear me ...

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I Love Gymnastics, But There is That One Thing…

If you are in the sport of gymnastics, I’m going to assume you are sticking to it quite simply because you love it. Let’s face it, gymnastics is not for the faint of heart. Typically, those starting out find out pretty quickly if it’s the right sport for them. It takes a very dedicated athlete ...

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