Conquering Fear (1996) by Scott Moore

Scott Moore, who was one of the first African-Americans to compete in gymnastics at University of Michigan in the 1980s, wrote a book about conquering fear.

… the boys program director and girls option vault coach at GTC Gymnastics in Rochester Hills, Mich. …

“When I won my two Big Ten titles I was the only African American in the Big Ten competing [in] gymnastics at that time,” said Moore.

When Moore represented Team USA at the 1987 World Cup in sports acrobatics, he was the only African-American tumbler competing. …

Moore inspires others to conquer fear

The only way to buy the book is directly from Scott – stmoore357 (a)

Bri Guy back from double Achilles

… Guy tore the Achilles tendons in both heels on Valentine’s Day last year. She was in the middle of a double layout half, a key element in her floor exercise routine. …

“They both decided to pop,” Guy said. “I thought I hit a dead spot on the floor


Auburn gymnast Bri Guy inspires Tigers with incredible recovery from two torn Achilles tendons

related – Bri Guy’s will trumps double Achilles injury at Auburn

She’s been competing Vault, Beam and Bars in a good season, so far, for Auburn.

(via Jeff Graba)

Best of Web 7 – Zapatou

Luc Bergeron put together a crazy montage of extreme sport.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Here’s where he got those clips.

doing it for the Team

Brandie Jay.

reality TV – Coaching Bad

In a nutshell, several coaches from various sports are brought together to work with an anger counselor. This is all done under watchful former NFL player and current motivational speaker Ray Lewis. …

Gymfinity – Reality television is nothing like reality

Gymfinity was unimpressed, to say the least.

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.

I hope they never add a Gymnastics coach.

Kristle Lowell on Mental Blocks

One of the better articles I can recall on the topic was written by the 2013 Women’s World Double Mini-tramp Champion, Kristle Lowell.

… For me true mental blocks are all about confidence. When I have confidence my mental blocks are not an issue. When something shakes my confidence I lose all my skills again. …

The best advice I can give for anyone who is going through mental blocks is to surround yourself with people who build your confidence. If you are an athlete, sit down and have serious talk with your coach. For me I needed a lot of positive. I was really hard on myself and was fortunate enough to train with George Drew. …

I have found that screaming and yelling does not fix mental blocks. It shakes an athletes confidence because it makes them feel publicly humiliated. For athletes with mental blocks reprimand or criticism is best done quietly and in private. …

Athletes do not choose to have mental blocks. Treating them like they do have a choice only causes more frustration. …

Reducing stress outside the gym can really help. …

Another trick I picked up from my artistic gymnastics coach Jessica Holtz is to say what I think about out loud. For every double mini pass, I try to have the same mental preparation of what I say to myself. … I have to remind myself to talk to myself while doing skills. Eventually, I do not have to say these verbal queues out loud. When it becomes habit, I can just say them to myself in my mind.

Something unusual I do when really stuck on a skill is to think about an emotion that gets me to run. I think of memories that make me angry or things that make me happy and calm depending on what the pass needs. When I need to do my record 8.0 pass, I think about something hurtful someone once said to me and how I need to run hard to prove them wrong. …

coach George Drew
coach George Drew

Trampoline Pundit – Mental Blocks

Very practical advice.

I find that serious mental blocks occur mostly to females, not males. They start the same with boys and girls, but boys more often find a way past.

Serious mental blocks are most common during competitive season. The stress of the upcoming competition can trigger one. If you drop the skill from the routine, I find it often comes back the week following the meet. This is a good coaching strategy IF you can drop the blocked skill. It’s good to have a couple of different dismounts ready, for example, so if something goes wrong with your more difficult dismount (mental block, injury, etc.) you have a back-up.

I find that coaches who rely on a lot of spotting have more athletes with mental blocks. Withdrawing the spot can trigger one. The coach not being available for workout one day can trigger one.

Confidence means self-confidence, not confidence in the coach.

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.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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

A video posted by Jake Dalton (@jake_dalton) on

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. :-)