life / gymnastics BALANCE

Tony Retrosi is a philosopher.

His advice:

As a gymnastics club owner and coach coach as well as a gymnastics consultant I have a great deal of experience trying to find and maintain balance and I am not just talking about on a beam. Balance between business and personal life. Balance between my “gym family” and my “home family”. Maintaining balance in my life enable me to be more fit, have better overall health and embrace a better attitude toward life. …

• You’ll wake up excited and happy for the day.

• You’ll have time for others. You’ll be in harmony with the outside environment.

• There will be less worry in your life, and you’ll feel motivated more often than not.

• There will be measurable improvement in fitness and health.

• More people will LIKE you and want to be LIKE you

• You will be more efficient at work …

Here is my #1 piece of advice. UNPLUG at night. …


Finding Balance

Hope to see you at Tony’s GYM MOMENTUM CAMP BOSTON June 26-29 at Yellow Jackets Gymnastics.

Jet Lag app

Jet lag is nobody’s idea of fun. A bunch of mathematicians say they can make the adjustment less painful with a smartphone app that calculates the swiftest way to adjust.

Users plug in the time zone they’re traveling to, and the app will do the calculations before spitting out a schedule specifying when the user should stay in bright light, low light or be in the dark, says Olivia Walch, a graduate student at the University of Michigan who designed the app. …

This Jet Lag App Does The Math So You’ll Feel Better Faster

I’ve downloaded it to my iPhone. The Android version is still under development.

Great idea. Should work. But those eggheads made it far too feature rich. It’s not intuitive to use.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Get it free via iTunes.

Nassar: ICE is NICE

Gabe Mirkin, MD, March 2014:

“Coaches have used my “RICE” guideline for decades, but now it appears that both Ice and complete Rest may delay healing, instead of helping.”

Josh Stone:

In 1978, Gabe Mirkin, MD coined the term RICE. Health care practitioners to laypersons are quick to recognize RICE as the ‘gold standard’ treatment option following injury. Followers of my blog know my stance against ice and now there is support from the physician who coined the term. Yes, the very same physician, Dr. Gabe Mirkin, who coined RICE, is now taking a step back. I reached out to Dr. Mirkin and asked for permission to share his story. As you will read below in Dr. Mirkin’s full post, the lack of evidence for cryotherapy is something we must listen to. …

RICE: The End of an Ice Age

Dr Larry Nassar responds:

Ice is nice but it needs to be done properly and as part of a therapy regimen. Just like so many other things, it can be overused. It is one of the most commonly applied therapies but it is also one of the most poorly understood therapies too.

I agree that inflammation is needed. However, the body can also “over do it” too. Too much of a good thing makes it bad. So controlled inflammation is the key. Too much bleeding is not good, too much inflammation is not good, too much ice is not good …

The week before African Championships, Michael Makings was hurting. To save time after workout one day, he decided simply to ice his entire body.

Michael Making


Personally, I’ll continue to use ice as Dr Nassar recommends.

In moderation, Michael. In moderation.

Thanks Thomas G Trapp.

Elisa Chirino injured


Elisa Chirino, on Tuesday (25.03. 2014) suffered a serious training accident. Elisa was injured during training on uneven bars and suffered a fracture of the cervical vertebrae.

She was operated on the same evening in the Friedrichshain Hospital and moved on Friday in the Emergency Hospital Berlin. Elisa Chirino is a member of the Berlin Bundesliga team


via GymFever

Norberts Spring Board Dock

Have you coached that kid who wants the Yurchenko collar taken off for non-Yurchenko vaults?

Claims the collar “deadens” the Board?

That kid is right. :-)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Norbert’s is a long time advertiser on this site. Full disclosure — they’ve not once ever asked me to link to their products.

Norberts is one of the good guys. :-)


class, dignity and sportsmanship by this incredible 10 year-old girl.

She might not have gotten to stand on the podium this time around, but this I know for sure: Zoe is a champion. …

Zoe, her teammates, coaches and me in a group hug after the meet.


To protect her privacy, I won’t say which child she is. But I will tell you, she is smiling!



Inspirational story from coach Charlie Amerosa

Swakopmund Gymnastics, Namibia

Via GYMNAST CROSSING … weighing in on the topic with this post — Character Counts

knee pain in gymnastics

I listened to an excellent audiocast by chiropractor Dr. Joshua Eldridge.

Overuse knee injuries and knee pain can be devastating for young gymnasts and can keep them from doing the sport they love. Overuse knee injuries are also a red flag for further injury.

Gymnast Care: The Ultimate Injury Prevention Podcast – episode 13

From there click over to iTunes if you want to subscribe to those. (FREE)

Alternatively, much of the same content is on the website:

Here’s how we categorize knee pain:

Overuse Injuries
Ligament Injuries

overuse knee injuries

… we see them most in the pre-pubescent and pubescent athletes. In females, these injuries are occurring most between the ages of 10-13 and in boys, these can last until they are done growing. …

Why Are Overuse Knee Injuries Occurring?

Dysfunction of muscles
Faulty mechanics


Part 1, Overuse Knee Injuries

Knee pain can slow progress to a halt. We must do everything we can to avoid / reduce knee injury.