pole vault back flip

Renaud Lavillenie

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Here’s another one on Facebook (VIDEO).

(via Gymnastics Cross Training)

no foam pit in Poland?


With numerous Polish titles, World Cup medals and European finals between them, Roman Kulesza and Marta Pihan-Kulesza have been mainstays on the international Artistic Gymnastics scene for more than a decade. In this interview with Le Gymnaste Magazine, the monthly publication of the French Gymnastics Federation, the Kuleszas reveal what has kept them in Poland – and in Gymnastics – as they prepare for the busy international season ahead.

Roman Kulesza, 32, and Marta Pihan-Kulesza, 27, are the first couple of Polish Gymnastics.

Q: Marta, Roman, what’s the status of Gymnastics in Poland?

Roman Kulesza: “It’s difficult to explain …

‘Le Gymnaste': Roman and Marta Pihan-Kulesza: ‘We don’t want to leave Poland’

An excellent and informative interview. Roman and Marta feel they can’t retire. Poland needs them.


(via FIG on Facebook)

BEFORE you teach Flyaway off a Bar

If I have Rings in the gym, I introduce drills like this as early as age-5. It’s FUN. It’s SAFE. (I introduce it over the pit if I have Rings over the pit.)

The gymnast quickly gains confidence in releasing something, flying through the air while traveling forwards. The main goal I ask of them is to stick the landing.

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Ideally I’d do this for the first year of twice a week training, starting Bar release in the second year.

Eventually, your kids will be as skilled as Jake Dalton. :-)

Found my next career? Cirque? #justkidding #playingaround

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If you don’t have Rings in the gym, budget to buy an inexpensive set. They only cost about $80, one of the best value / dollar investments you can add to your facility. Hang them on a high rail.

Thanks to Jeremy Mosier and Gymtastics for hosting this video.

Gymtastics is still my favourite club website, by the way. Compare it to yours. :-)

Mom’s house a ball pit

Funny viral video. :-)

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(via Darren Reavis)

fun double layout drill

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(via Al Fong)

foam pit – log rolling

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(via Rec Gymnastics)

teen paralyzed in a pit landing

Corey Sands at North Harbour Gymnastics, New Zealand.

Another example of how pits are not foolproof. :-(

Corey’s twin, Callum, told the Weekend Herald that his brother had attempted a back-flip off a high bar and into a foam pit below.

It wasn’t clear exactly how the injury happened.

Corey’s friend Oscar Arnold reacted quickly – something Callum believes saved his brother’s life.

Oscar said last night he and friend Ben Padden waited about 10 seconds, believing their friend would emerge.

“Ben heard him say, ‘get me out of here’. Then we jumped in and tried to clear the foam,” said Oscar.

“Ben created an air pocket for him to breathe, and I just talked to him and tried to calm him down. He was so scared.” …

Teen feared paralysed after horror gym fall


fundraiser – Corey Sands

There are more details on a dedicated Facebook page.