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gymnastics games – heart rate

While videotaping Gymnastics Games for Tumbl Trak last week we tried something new.

Monitoring heart rates of children while they played.

heart rate

heart rate monitors

The kids are wearing a simple, light weight monitoring device.

This is all part of a bigger project collecting data for how we can get normal kids to do more aerobic training in schools.

Thanks to Twisters Gymnastics for hosting. :-)

Battle of the Bars

The third edition of the Battle of the Bars at the Los Angeles Fit Expo 2014 organised by the World Calisthenics Organisation!

The second day of competition was dedicated to the open calisthenic competition!

This reminds me of the “playground gymnastics” in Russia formalized into a competition. Judged on:

Strength & Control
Endurance
Balance/Agility
Creativity/Acrobatics/Crowd Interaction
Technique/ Execution

Click PLAY or watch a competition from earlier this season on YouTube.

They call it “Street Workout”.

(via Legendary Strength)

super talented young dancer

I want to see this boy do a dance duet with 11yr-old Maddie Ziegler of Sia’s Chandelier video. :-)

That’s Gavin Morales. (VIDEO)

Thank Dave Adlard for the link.

vault sprint with parachutte

feats of strength

The very last exercise in this compilation I’ve never seen before. Planche push-ups in series clapping behind the back on each.

Thanks Bede.

Kacy Catanzaro crushes Ninja Warrior

#mightykacy

2014 Dallas Finals | American Ninja Warrior

Kacy Catanzaro shocks the ANW universe once again and becomes the first woman in history to qualify for Mt. Midoriyama.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Kacy is a former Towson University gymnast.

can you do a “burpee”?

:-)

Quick Tip – Jumping

Swing Big:

… one of the drills I do with young gymnasts to develop their punching and coordination. …

There are lots of ways you can do these drills, this is with a small hula hoop, but I really prefer carpet squares or a chalk box on the floor. The more ways you can get gymnasts punching and jumping early, the better off they’ll be.

sideways-punches-in-hulahoop

click through to see the rest – Quick Tip: Developing Punching and Coordination

connecting kip to cast handstand

JAO is back with another excellent tutorial.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

I’m teaching this series all week at Camp so the timing of this release was perfect for me.

Love targeting the straddle cast handstand right from the start. Most girls over age-12 will be competing straddle cast. :-) Don’t waste too much time on straight body cast.

Love the “dump” drills. Kids need to know what to do when they lean too far over, otherwise they won’t be confident in leaning over far enough.

At Camp we’ve been doing similar drills from long kip rather than glide kip. I find the “late” kip action is easier if the girls do not need to worry about the glide.

related – Dave Kenwright – Talking Kips and Casts

why dancers have low ACL injury rates

Kim Shore-Bechard linked to this important video. Must watch.

NYU Langone’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries (HCDI) performed a study on the biomechanics of jump landing, comparing athletes and dancers to learn more about the incidence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in both groups.

From this study, HCDI has been able to identify training methods that dancers implement early on that can be useful to athletes who experience a higher rate of ACL injuries than dancers.

To learn more about Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, visit http://hjd.med.nyu.edu/harkness

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Take Flight Aerial Adventure

The day after Gym Momentum Camp 2014 Boston, Director Tony Retrosi took some of the coaches and kids up to his ropes course in Maine.

This was the toughest “element“.

aerial adventure splits

Take Flight Aerial Adventure

That pic was posted by Cygnus Gymnastics. :-)

gymnastics spotting tips

Dave on Hybrid Perspective takes a close look on how coaches can extend their spotting careers.

1) Spot With The Whole Body, Not Just Back and Arms

2) Alternate Spotting Arms/Sides Frequently

3) Find The Right Height and Distance

- tie yourself on to the support while spotting Bars

4) Do Pre-Hab Regularly

5) Less Ego, More Safety

Personally, I’m always looking for ways to sport less by doing more non-spotting drills.

stand close spotting

5 Tips for Gymnastics Coaches To Prevent Spotting Injuries

AMA says Cheer is a Sport

Lucky us.

The American Medical Association is putting its weight behind designating cheerleading as a sport.

The nation’s largest doctors’ group adopted that as policy Monday at its annual meeting in Chicago. AMA members say cheerleading is as rigorous as many other activities that high schools and the NCAA consider sports. Adding it to the list would mean more safety measures for cheerleaders and proper training for their coaches.

The policy echoes one adopted by the American Academy of Pediatrics two years ago. …

Read More …

Power-House-Cheer-and-Fitness-Carlsbad-CA

In related news, the AMA finally confirmed that water is wet. :-)

At next year’s AMA meeting they will reconsider whether or not American Football is a sport. :-)

overweight football player