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Nothing Can Dim the Light Shining from Within

Nothing Can Dim The Light Shining from Within

Nothing can dim the light that shines from within. #MotivationalMonday When a gymnast sets a goal, it’s imperative that the gymnast “owns” that goal and everything that comes with it … all the sacrifices, the hard work, the desire to achieve it and more.  The goal can’t be the parent’s, the coach’s or anyone else’s … it […]

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Imagine, Believe, Achieve

Imagine with all your mind, believe with all your heart, achieve with all your might. #MotivationalMonday   When I was young, I’d play “make believe” and imagine I was a lot of different things … an astronaut, a fireman, President of the United States … and, an Olympian.  Our minds are so flexible and moldable […]

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Never Let the Fear of Falling Keep You from Flying

Never let the fear of falling keep you from FLYING!#MotivationalMonday Most times, failure is a much better teacher than success.  Gymnasts and coaches need to have the courage to try new skills (after going through the proper learning progressions) even when short-term failure is a high probability.  It’s part of the learning process.  When gymnasts […]

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Is Being a Creature of Habit Good for Athletes?

Over time, when it comes to our athletic training, we all tend to develop the mindset of, “this has always worked for me, so there’s no reason to change it.” Or, “I’m comfortable with what I’m doing and it seems to be getting the job done.” In the article below, by James Clear, you will […]

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Change Your Life With a Paper Clip

We all tell ourselves at some point that we are going to get in the habit of doing something consistently that is beneficial to our health, sport, fitness, career or life. It’s the same story for many people. We start our new habit with excitement and motivation and then slowly we start to fade, make a […]

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Tips to Reignite the Fire in Your Workouts

Outside of what I do with American Gymnast, I work in one of the most challenging industries when it comes to trying to stay in shape – the airline industry. I am a pilot, and like most pilots, my schedule can be rough at times. In a typical summer month I may spend 4 days on the […]

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Is it Normal to Dread Your Workout?

If you are involved in some form of athletics, whether it be gymnastics, crossfit, triathlons or even just working out, it’s quite possible you love the competition or results aspect (if we are speaking of just working out in the gym) of your sport and maybe have a love/hate relationship with the training aspect. If […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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