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POSTED ON 09 August 2017

As a coach, gym director, and parent I often wonder, what are we teaching our kids about commitment? This question usually crosses my mind when a gymnast quits halfway through the season. I remember several times wanting to quit and give up as a gymnast. My mother always made me ...

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POSTED ON 22 May 2017

In my last blog I answered questions about when to switch gyms. What I think is more important is WHY NOT TO SWITCH GYMS. As I’ve said, I’ve been involved in gymnastics for over 30 years in virtually every capacity; coach, judge, gym owner and a team parent ...

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POSTED ON 12 May 2017

When people ask me if they should switch gyms, I always ask, "Why?" Being involved in gymnastics for over 30 years as a coach, judge, gym owner and a team parent I’ve heard people talk about switching gyms countless times. To be honest…many times people switch for the ...

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POSTED ON 24 November 2016

As we welcome in the holiday season, many of us have one thing on our mind — shopping for that Perfect Gift. With our busy schedules, it’s difficult to find time to shop for presents in stores and no one has time to wait on those long lines. Instead ...

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POSTED ON 16 November 2016

Each year, thousands of gymnasts and parents like you search for colleges that offer a great gymnastics program and academic scholarships. We’ve received several questions from parents about this concern and we’re more than happy to share our answers with you!

Q: When is the right time to ...
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POSTED ON 30 September 2016

You’re excited but also a little nervous about your child’s first meet. Like your child, you’ve also been preparing for this moment: attending practices, talking to coaches or other parents — but there are still some things you want to remember when attending your child’s first gymnastics ...

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POSTED ON 19 August 2016

Congratulations, your child just began gymnastics! It's a great sport that hones your child's discipline, talent, and character. Things might feel a little overwhelming at first, but you'll eventually get the hang of things. To help you get started, here are some handy tips:

On time

Whether ...

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POSTED ON 29 July 2016

Good balance is one of the most defining traits of a gymnast. A good gymnast relies on good balance to pull off their nail-biting stunts. Balance allows gymnasts to see clearly when moving, determine their orientation with regards to gravity, and make appropriate adjustments to their movements.

So what’s ...

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POSTED ON 08 July 2016

Athletes are often viewed as invincible beings. While they do pull off some amazing feats, the truth is, they're just like most people. And like most people, they are bound to have bad days. Days where they feel unmotivated and unable to focus on training. Younger athletes especially need ...

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POSTED ON 03 May 2016

With summer quickly approaching, your child is probably already thinking of a few summer activities they can do. If your child is still at a loss on what they can do, a good suggestion would always be to send them to summer camp. It’s a worthwhile experience that can ...

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POSTED ON 26 April 2016

Guest post by Deborah Popolizio, M.S. in Applied Physiology and Nutrition. Registered Dietitian and Owner of Artistic Gymnastics, Hauppauge, NY

As a gym owner and a registered dietitian, nothing bothers me more than watching my athletes walk through the door of my gym with fast food. They often sheepishly ...

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POSTED ON 12 April 2016

Choosing the right gym for your child is important. After all, that's where they will spend most of their time during training. It only makes sense that you'd want to find the proper environment that matches your child's needs and values. Here are some things you should ...

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POSTED ON 06 January 2016

Sports are a wonderful activity for children that provide a variety of benefits other than just physical exercise. Sport participation can help children build confidence, motivation and also help with their social skills.  Sports also help children learn to respect authority, rules, teammates and opponents.

Physical activity is the most ...

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POSTED ON 04 January 2016

Sports are more than just fun and games. Striving to win builds confidence, cooperation, concentration, coordination, and creativity. We have researched and compiled a list of why competition is great for your children!

Competition teaches children to take risks.

Once we realize that competition is not a scary thing, we ...

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POSTED ON 02 December 2015

Whether it’s helping out at the gym, setting up a carpool, or helping to run a meet - I’m sure of one thing: parents love to be involved in their child’s gymnastic activities. But there comes a point when you have to let your child experience the sport ...

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