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Bars without a Bar

In 2014 Swing Big is one of my favourite coaching blogs. I read every post.

Editor Zari Goldmann gives an example of Bar drills you can use without putting kids on an actual Bar.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

For most developing gymnasts I recommend only about 25% of training time be spent on the REAL Bar. And at least 25% spent on straps bar.

You’ll have better form and technique. And very few rips. :-)

I could do this …

If I was on the moon at 1/6th gravity. :-)

via David Adlard and Andrew Tucker

Gymnastics Ontario training camp


Since I last reviewed the GymDrills video sharing site, they’ve made a lot of improvements.

GymDrills now offers MAG in addition to WAG and Conditioning.

Click PLAY or watch a preview on YouTube.

With free membership, you can look at all the content anytime before deciding whether or not to buy a monthly subscription.

Members can add as many of their own drills as they wish.

I love it.


Gymneo TV – handstand alignment

You can watch a teaser video right now. It’s an 8 minute excerpt from a 1 hour+ presentation on how to teach backward giant.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Launch date of their ENGLISH language site is October 25, 2014.

From September 5 through September 25 preorder a subscription and save up to 50% off the regular price.

details – en.gymneo.tv

gymnasts in Summer

Sarah Chrane has a cute post on The Gymternet:


A sample …

9. Summer conditioning.

summer conditioning

My goal for summer training is to accomplish every skill we want to compete in the following season.

future American Ninja Warrior


Here’s the original YouTube video from Artistic Sports Academy Plus.

(via Don Anweiler )

Kristian Thomas wins fitness contest

Once again, the gymnast is deemed fittest.

… sports nutrition brand Multipower devised a cross-sport fitness challenge putting five elite athletes to the test to see who performed best overall.

They were subjected to seven different trials, testing everything from strength and speed to agility and co-ordination. These included rowing, pull-ups, squats, balance tests, jumping and darts (testing accuracy, co-ordination and fine motor skills). …

Who is FITTEST? Five elite athletes put their separate disciplines aside to find out

fittest athlete

(via GymCastic)

Misty Copeland – Ballerina

Hard Body linked to an inspiring ad. The theme is I WILL WHAT I WANT.

Misty was first introduced to ballet on a basketball court at the Boys and Girls Club in the LA area.

By ballet standards, she didn’t fit the mold. So, she broke it and cast a new one. Fifteen years later, Misty is a soloist for the American Ballet Theatre.

Under Armour

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Camille Leblanc-Bazinet

The world’s newest “Fittest Woman on Earth” is a 25-year-old chemical engineering student from Richelieu, Que. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet placed first at the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson, Calif., in the women’s individual competition Sunday.

Ms. Leblanc-Bazinet, who is 5-foot-2 and weighs 130 pounds, is a student at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec and started CrossFit training five years ago. The sport involves a combination of weightlifting, gymnastics and high intensity interval training. …

Quebec student Camille Leblanc-Bazinet crowned ‘Fittest Woman on Earth’ at 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games

No surprise. She’s a former gymnast.

Click PLAY or watch a profile on YouTube.

She eats 200gms of protein a day. 5 eggs for breakfast.

related – Outside Online is in a bit of a war with CrossFit – CrossFit, Your Insecurity Is Showing

backward handspring analysis


Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

That’s the latest sneak preview from Gymneo’s English language tutorial library being launched this Fall.

It’s a paid service, but between September 5 and September 25, 2014, a subscription is half price for 1 year — that’s €109.50 instead of €219 (US$149.50 instead of US$299).


One comment I’d add. If you allow beginners to do standing backward handspring on a flat, hard Floor, you are almost guaranteed problems. Instead, have them train down an incline where gravity assists.

choreographed conditioning

Love it.

This workout has half a million views.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via Swing Big)

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. :-)