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Rec Gymnastics – Elephant Vault

One of my favourite activities.

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These boys at Altadore Gymnastics age 4-5 are called “Mitey Mites”. They train 4hrs/wk, 10 months of the year.

The goal is general phyical (strength, flexibility) and motor (agility, balance, coordination, rhythm) fitness for all sports.

From this group kids are invited into 6hr/wk precompetitive, normally the September when they start Grade-1.

special needs fun at gymnastics

Gymnast Crossing is a blog that chronicles the day-to-day events at a gymnastics club. In this case the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics.

This unusual and charming edit was posted by the Wordsmith by Nantucket.

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Gymnast Crossing – On My Way to Wanna Be

coach fitness trainer Tanis Tzavaras

Coach Tanis Tzavaras created a Facebook page for her fitness program, TanisFit Training Systems.

official website


She also runs the Adult Gymnastic Class on Wednesday Nights out of Stampede City Gym Club in Calgary.

Fun Fitness Fundamentals

The Gymnastics Canada philosophy.

A good one.


related post: NEW Gymnastics Canada Recreation manual

CoachWayne2go – mobile gymnastics

Coach Wayne is William Wayne Evans:

A veteran coach in the world of Gymnastics, Tumbling and Cheerleading, CoachWayne has taught private lessons, camps and clinics in both the United States and Europe. Among his accolades, Coach Wayne has produced eight instructional videos; the top-selling 7-video set “Better Back Handsprings” and “Basic Handstand Position.” His “Tumbling Tips” articles are read by hundreds of thousands of students and teachers worldwide …

He and his wife, double Olympian from Slovakia, Zuzana Sekerova, have a mobile gymnastics business.


It’s called CoachWayne2go.

Check this news clip on the service.

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62-year-old gymnast Dru Troon

I met Dru in Australia. We were both competing in the Victoria State “Geriatric Gym” championships 2007.

Gymblog reports that Dru is planning to compete her first Master’s Games, Sunday Feb. 22nd in Geelong.

source – Straight to the Bar

Sounds impressive?

Gymnast, Ivan Elliot, competed at age-78.

roll another donut you …

Just testing how the new flickr videos look embedded on this site …

Adult Rec hijinx at Seattle Gymnastics Academy.

I like that cargo net over the pit.

inaugural Gym for Life Challenge

This looks potentially even more interesting than Gymnastrada.

In 2009 the first ever Gym for Life Challenge will take place during July 15-19 in Dornbirn, Austria. There is now a time constraint of five minutes for each routine. Groups are separated by age: 16 or younger, 17 or older, and mixed age groups; then sub-separated by amount of gymnasts: 20 or less, and 21 or more. The criteria for evaluation will be overall impression; entertainment value; innovation, originality, and variety; and technique (quality and skill safety). …

All Gymnastics, All the time – 2009 Preview: The Gym for Life Challenge

I’ll recommend that Cirque du Soleil attend.

Click PLAY or watch the FIG promo video on YouTube.

offer circus class at your gym

Everyone talks about this idea.

But few actually have done it.

A good starting point is budgeting for an ACRiX Circus Kit. Available from Gymnastics British Columbia for CAD$950.

The kits include the following:

– 12 Juggling Clubs
– 12 Juggling Rings
– 10 Contact Juggling Balls
– 30 Juggling Balls
– 10 Flowersticks
– 10 Diabolos
– 30 Juggling Scarves
– 1 Embroidered ACRiX Program Duffle Bag


For more information email Louise Demers, Gymnastics for All Coordinator, Gymnastics BC

ldemers AT gymnastics.bc.ca

gymnastics for OLDIES

Gymnastics for All is a wonderful concept.

However, our demanding sport is MUCH easier for youth.

An FIG event in the Canary Islands offered some interesting workshops for adults:

targeting gymnasts 50 years and older and coined the “Golden Age Gym Festival”. The festival will put to good use the existing infrastructures in Grand Canary, and will be an opportunity to profit from the expertise of local organiser Jose Télo. A diverse line-up of sporting activities has been grouped into more than 20 workshops. To name a just a few: Aqua Gym Fitness – FunHydro Bio – Fit Ball Wellness – Tai Chi Chuan for beginners and advanced – Latin Aerobics – Line Dance – Chrisrobic – Flamenco Dance – Baile Salsa – Nordic Walking. All courses will be given by highly qualified instructors. …

Traditional Festival Blume

OK. Nordic walking is not an activity that anyone would call “gymnastics”.

But this is an interesting initiative. Expanding the definition of our sport.

I hear very good things about the FIG Sport for All organization , by the way.

Gymnaestrada 2011 Lausanne

14th World Gymnaestrada 2011 in Lausanne

… The city of Lausanne, nestled in Switzerland’s southwest corner, is preparing the 14th World Gymnaestrada, set for July 10 – 16, 2011. The event just might break a record for participation with the arrival of more than 20,000 expected gymnasts …


magic.jpgI’ve been to two Gymnaestrada festivals. And would love to get to one again.

I’m marking this on my calendar NOW.

Trampoline fun – Sky High and Sky Zone

Sky High is almost identical to Sky Zone

• All Trampoline Floors
• All Trampoline Walls
• Drop-ins are Welcome
• All Ages Welcome
• Jump for Only $9 per Hour
• 2nd Hour $6 (M-Th) excluding holidays

AIRobics, Dodgeball, Birthday parties.


Sky High Sports: Santa Clara and Sacramento, California

Thanks Blair Lowe.

doubts about the new Foundations Gymnastics Course

I just taught my first “Gymnastics Foundations Introductory Course”. It’s the introduction for coaches age-15 16 and older who want to teach “gymnastics sports”.


I was to “mentor” to a new (younger) course conductor. No new course conductor was available, so two of us veterans taught the course ourselves. (With the change this year to the Foundations model, it’s a good time to move out the OLD course conductors like myself — and start a new generation of course presenters. “Learning Facilitators” in the new parlance.)

For one thing, the new structure is confusing to OLD TIMERS. Does this flow chart make sense to you:


One problem in Alberta, where I live, is that some of the subsequent courses are not yet available. My coaches may get stuck in limbo, waiting for those to be offered.

I’ve been teaching the OLD Canadian Introductory Gymnastics Coaching course for 30yrs. And love it.

On the other hand, I have to concede that the new manual is a big improvement.

I guess it’s to be expected that any transition has some bumps.

more information on the Foundations Program (PDF file)

Canadians, leave a comment if you have an opinion on Foundations.