“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.

Tumbl Trak Fitness Wheel

My prototype “Fitness Wheel” from Tumbl Trak has arrived.

I’ll be taking it on the road with me, summer camp to summer camp. FUN.

They can be preordered now. I like the 8 foot diameter Fitness Wheel $1,899.00 over the 5 foot diameter (pictured) $1,399.00 model.

Olympic membership bump?

Are you ready for more kids?

In Michigan, it’s already happening.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

“Fitness Wheels” by Tumbl Trak

Most big gyms will have one of these within a year, I predict.

It’s a stand alone mobile “circuit”. Brilliant for Rec. Useful for all your other programs.

It’s so obvious (now) that a round, soft shape is safe for kids. Why wasn’t this concept popularized sooner?

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Look for Peng Peng in that edit. We took one to Oakville.

As a Tumbl Trak Ambassador, I’ve got one in transit to my gym right now. :)

Doug Davis and crew will have units on DEMO in San Jose. They go on sale sometime in July, last I heard.

(via Rec Gymnastics)