Play it Forward – Rec Gym

Dar wants underprivileged kids to do Gymnastics.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

She’s the Rec guru behind GymtasticsGymTools.

(via Rec Gymnastics)

thanks Prince Albert Gymnastics

Thanks to P.A. Aerials for having me guest coach last week. I replaced Mike Amouri while he was away on vacation.

They have an astonishingly excellent facility for a remote town of 35,000 people.

I led two sessions for their Rec / Preschool coaches:

• Have More FUN in the Gym
• Detailed Class Planning

How about this? Three dedicated safety strap bars, including this one — an SA men’s rail in the low bar slot of an SA set of Bars.

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Age Is No Barrier (1989)

No hips were broken in the making of this video. :)

This short documentary features a group of seniors called the “U of Agers” who meet twice a week at the University of Alberta to do gymnastics. The U of Agers are just “ordinary” people trying to do “extraordinary” things …

Click PLAY or watch it on National Film Board. (24min)


“happy gymnastics” in China

I postulate that totalitarian States like China will increasingly see entrepreneurs opening for profit gymnastics clubs.

Chinese Gymnastics Blog in 2010 estimated 10,000 girls training Artistic gymnastics:

… In contrast, there are 5.2 million (76% female) 6 year and older gymnastics participants in the States according to the statistics published on USA gymnastics website.

… fewer and fewer families are willing to send their daughters to train for sports when these young girls could study computers or play piano instead. The number of kids training for gymnastics is even considerable less than many other sports, like table tennis and badminton, which also operate under the same “whole country” regime …

On the potential solutions to the unpopularity of the sports, … the idea of “happy gymnastics” training method. Li Ning , the former champions and one of most successful athlete-turned entrepreneur in China, is undoubtedly the pioneer in promoting “happy gymnastic”. Li Ning built two private gymnastics schools in Guandong province, which are different from the state-funded sports school. Recently Li Ning is planning to take over another successful gymnastics-oriented elementary school in Shanghai and convert it to Li Ning Gymnastics school No. 3.

All those efforts, along with other attempts to build club-style gymnastics system (like the one in the States), will help Chinese gymnastics to establish a more diversified training system. …

Brief Introduction to Chinese Gymnastics System

I couldn’t quickly find a link to Li Ning’s clubs. Leave a comment if you’ve seen them online.

Canadian Pre-CIT program

At the recent Alberta Gymnastics Congress I got my first chance to see this document. It’s a Rec instructor training program for ages 13-14.

Gymnastics Canada has updated their (old) Development Leader (Dev’L) program, rebranding it the “Pre-CIT program”.

details via Rec Gymnastics

seeing an Olympic membership bump?

United Sports Academy
is a member club using one of the USA Gymnastics TV Campaign ads. (PDF)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

For the first time USAG is offering two TV commercials that can be customized for member gym clubs.

Cost is as low as $100. Click through the PDF link if you want to know more.

They can be used on club websites and social media. Or presented on local TV stations.

Great idea.

Olympic Trials – well done

USAG did a fantastic job with the event. And Congress. I heard very few complaints over the entire weekend.

Every other nation in the world should be studying how to better market their gymnasts.

Full Twist:

The video that ran in the HP Pavilion before the Women’s competitions at the 2012 Gymnastics Olympic Trials.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Everyone I spoke with in San Jose is expecting a BIG Olympic bump in Rec membership.