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in defence of CrossFit

Carl Paoli asks good questions. But I’m not convinced by his answers.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Obviously there are better and worse drills for each individual at a CrossFit gym. Having everyone do the same Workout Of the Day is already a mistake, as far as I’m concerned. Some common easy warm-up could be safe and effective, but after that the program should be individualized.

CrossFit is getting better. The best gyms are excellent. Yet I feel many have a long way to go.

As a competitive sport, the judging is far worse than in Artistic Gymnastics.

Friday Night Lights v MIOBI

Friday Night Lights is an American drama television series based around a high school football team situated in Texas. …

Critically acclaimed. Great acting. Great writing. It lasted 5 season.

I find Coach Eric Taylor very believable.


Another TV drama set in the context of youth sport, Make It or Break It, was utter crap, by comparison. 3 seasons, 48 episodes, ending 2012.

And that’s a shame.

We’re still waiting for the great, serious Gymnastics TV drama.

A coach more believable than Sasha Belov. :-(

coach Sasha

I suspect — as usual — the football series had far more money to hire good writer$.

Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular

Oh no.

When there’s a single flyaway off H Bar and an Olympic Champion showing a front walkover in the promo clip, my guess is that this show will not be very Spectacular.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

cancel Cable TV

For your health.

child TVThere were three main reasons I hopped on the cord cutting bandwagon:

1. I got old.
2. I had a kid.
3. Netflix.

The kid thing was huge. We don’t let our three-year-old watch a lot of TV, but when we do it’s through No. 3 — Netflix. There’s a great selection of kid-friendly content and no commercials yelling at him in between breaks in the action. …

GigaOm – A lifelong cable hoarder cuts the cord and it’s a relief… kinda

Gymnast Flame Retardant Collaborative

An update by email from Courtney Carignan:

Dear GFRC member,

Thank you for joining the Gymnast Flame Retardant Collaborative. By joining our email list you have helped move this effort forward. Many of you are gymnast parents and coaches that had similar questions about alternatives and future studies. Below are some responses and updates:

1. We have updated the recommendations on the GFRC web page to be more specific. In addition to advising gymnasts to wash their hands after practice and before eating, we are also recommending that gyms implement hand washing policies and hang posters that encourage handwashing in the gym. We are also recommending gymnasts not participate in pit cleaning activities. One option for gyms may be to install a pit fluffer that could be used when the gym is not in use. If pit cleaning/fluffing must be done by hand, we suggest wearing a dust mask to reduce inhalation of suspended dust. …

Do those pit fluffers actually work?

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

How durable are they?

More pit fluffer videos.


Flame Retardants and Gymnastics

Amanda Turner linked to that single study on a small sample of Collegiate gymnasts. The researchers have put up their own web page dedicated to the topic:

We are a group of researchers from Dartmouth College, Boston University and Duke University who study how people are exposed to flame retardant chemicals.

More broadly, we study how chemicals in the environment can affect the health of people. We chose to do a study of gymnasts because one of us is a former competitive gymnast and because we were concerned competitive gymnasts may have elevated exposures to flame retardants due to their use of foam containing equipment.

The study included 11 collegiate gymnasts that was published in the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology: Carignan CC, Heiger-Bernays W, McClean MD, Roberts SC, Stapleton HM, Sjödin A, Webster TF. Flame retardant exposure among collegiate U.S. gymnasts. 2013. Environ. Sci. Technol.


This website was developed to advise gymnasts and coaches to wash their hands after practice and before eating, to provide facts about flame retardants and gymnastics and to facilitate collaboration between flame retardant scientists, fire safety experts, equipment manufacturers and the gymnastics community. …


BBC Reality TV show?

… The BBC is reportedly developing a celebrity gymnastics show.

The show, which the team behind ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ is said to be working up, would find celebs trained up to perform with professionals.

A title of ‘Strictly Come Gymnastics’ is even being floated, with the possibility of it being aired in 2014 to go up against ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. …


Yahoo UK

That was Oct 2nd. The name of the (proposed) show could change.

Both the American and British proposals sound outlandish to me. Not many celebrities could do a backwards roll down an incline mat. The only excitement will be waiting on the injuries. :-(

via GymCastic

headstand without a helmet

“Let’s Move!”

“But not too fast, please — and oh, not on the rock! You — put on a helmet! You, too! And don’t jump into that water like that! Are you crazy? You might get hurt!” …

… the United States Postal Service … confirmed that the agency has halted the Just Move stamps.


Because, according to Linn’s Stamp News, of those 15 active children, three were deemed to be moving in ways that could prove detrimental to their health: skateboarding without kneepads, cannonballing into the water, and doing a headstand without a helmet. …

safe headstand
Motherlode – A Headstand Without a Helmet? The Postal Service Halts ‘Just Move’ Stamps


“The USPS has not directly received taxpayer-dollars since the early 1980s with the minor exception of subsidies for costs associated with the disabled and overseas voters. …

The USPS lost US$ 15.9 billion in 2012, and its revenue was US$ 65.2 billion. … “

Thanks to MCSMaria, for the correction.

Sometimes I wish the U.S. Government would run out of money. Be forced to completely privatize postal service.

Government monopolies are wasteful and inefficient.

I have to assume those responsible for this insane decision have overweight children.

Gymnastics Reality TV

Teaching “celebrities” … gymnastics … as a Reality TV show.

… CORE Media is developing Celebrity Champions, an original format that will see former Olympians coach celebrities – be they dancers, musicians, actors or athletes – in various disciplines.

Those will include bars, floor, rings and vault. Gold medalist Mary Lou Retton is attached as the anchor judge on the project which was brought to CORE by Shauna Thomas, Triana Lavey, and 1996 Olympic team member John Macready.

… Other former Olympians attached to participate include Shannon Miller and Paul Hamm. …


They couldn’t dive. What makes anyone think celebrities can learn gymnastics?

Lisa Beam

(via Couch Gymnast)

“normal” size Barbie

via Women’s Rights News on Facebook

normal Barbie

P Bar locking mechanisms FAIL

Coach Markos Baikas is frustrated.

Frustrated that Parallel Bar locking mechanisms fail so quickly. Frustrated that replacement parts from Spieth in Europe would cost a fortune.

P Bars

Instead, we’re trying to find a local machine shop that could rethread or, perhaps, replace the locking mechanism.

Leave a comment if you’ve any advice.

foam pit cube colour


While researching pit blocks to order for our gym, one company sent us a sample of their white cubes. Good thing we ended up buying the dark blue ones…

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fwd layout to double tuck


Tough tumbling line.

To watch you could click on the embed on this site. Or click through to Gymnastike.

The embed has no video ad. The Gymnastike page does.

I mention this as I’m a bit irked at Gymnastike for not being more transparent on which of their links lead to the membership only videos, and which are free to all.

Normally I’d tell people to go to Gymnastike rather than watch on this site. But right now, if you are not a paid Gold member, you should be leery of wasting your time on a Gymnastike link. Not knowing in advance whether or not you can watch it.

I’d recommend you to join Gymnastike Gold, but I’m also irked they are so reluctant to tell folks the price of membership up front. (My personal philosophy is not to buy any product that has deceptive or hidden pricing.)

All that said, this is a very cool tumbling sequence. Thanks for posting it Gymnastike. :-)

Click PLAY or watch Nia Dennis on Gymnastike.

Watch more video of Nia Dennis on gymnastike.org

related – Checking in with Junior Elite Nia Dennis