introducing Free Hip with a Wall Bar

It was John Carney that first showed me this drill. He called it the “Tower of Power”.

Free hips should be first taught on a strap bar. When you move to the competition rail, instead of spotting, let them learn it by themselves.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

The drill encourages kids to keep their Centre of Mass as far away from the Bar as possible on the DOWN swing. And gives them plenty of practice on the grip change long before they need it for Giants.

NBC Olympics Thanksgiving promo video

The 60-second spot features several athletes with their families in their home countries, including:

Simone Biles (USA, gymnastics)

David Boudia (USA, diving) …

Click PLAY or watch it on NBC Sports.

Shawn Johnson – 700 calories a day

“I was always the very strong, powerful, muscly, bulky gymnast and I felt like people always wanted me to be thinner and lighter and leaner,” she tells PEOPLE. “And as a 12-year-old, the only way I really understood how to achieve that was to eat less and restrict myself. I remember kind of obsessing over it.” …

“I never went to a doctor, talked to a psychologist or was diagnosed as anorexic, but I was definitely obsessive and had very unhealthy habits,” she explains. …

“Back then, the judges liked the look of a very lean and skinny gymnast that was artistic and graceful, rather than powerful like myself,” she says …

People magazine

Simone signs with GK Elite

GK Elite Sportswear, L.P., the world’s leading supplier of gymnastics apparel, is pleased to announce that Simone Biles will join their list of official endorsed athletes. …


Our Olympic Champion is already a Fitness model for GK.

Gabby GK

good ol’ days – Bilozerchev

Ol’ timers like me often harken back to the days of artistic Artistic Gymnastics. Elegant stars like the great, late Valentin Mogilny.

Here’s another of that quality. Click PLAY or watch a Dmitriy Bilozerchev montage on YouTube.

(via Jeff Robinson & Region 6 Men’s Gymnastics)

Oklahoma Men pre-season rank #1

For the second consecutive season, the Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team landed the No. 1 spot in the College Gymnastics Association Preseason Coaches Poll.

Coming off their ninth national championship in program history, the Sooners received 373 points and 14 first place votes, double the amount they garnered last year. …

Sooner Sports

1. Oklahoma (373 points, 14 first place votes)
2. Ohio State (340 points, 2 first place votes)
3. Stanford (337 points, 2 first place votes)
4. Penn State (303 points)
5. Michigan (302 points)

seasons tickets

Brazilian Championships results

Brazil’s men have already qualified a full team to Rio. The women have not. But will have another chance at the Olympic Test Meet.

1. Lorrane Oliveira – 58.500
2. Jade Barbosa – 56.150
3. Leticia Costa – 55.750
… bonus points in effect

The field at this year’s Brazilian Championships, held less than a month following World Championships in Glasgow, was a little thin with everyone – including stars Flavia Saraiva and Daniele Hypolito – in recovery mode. But that didn’t stop 17-year-old Lorrane Oliveira from showing off huge routines to take the gold above veteran Jade Barbosa!

Oliveira has flown somewhat under the radar with the surprising depth of the Brazilian program, especially after not competing in her first senior season last year due to injury. …

Oliveira Captures Brazilian Title

1. Letícia Costa 13.638
2. Thayse Silva 13.638
3. Isabelle Cruz 13.425

Uneven Bars
1. Lorrane Oliveira 14.225
2. Letícia Costa 13.350
3. Jade Barbosa 13.150

Balance Beam
1. Jade Barbosa 14.750
2. Isabel Barbosa 14.175
3. Lorrane Oliveira 14.075

Floor Exercise
1. Lorrane Oliveira 14.875
2. Thayse Silva 14.050
3. Carolyne Pedro 13.550

Click PLAY or watch Lorrane’s Bars at Worlds on YouTube.

(via Doble en plancha)