Rick McCharles interview

Gigi Khazback Farid interviewed me on WOGymnastikA.

Topics include:

• banning the Produnova vault
• Vault landing mats
• restructuring of World Cups
• FIG Code
• FIG Sport Medicine, Sport Science, Education
• Gymnastics blogging
• Best of the Gymternet

Click through for my answers.

Catching Up With Coach Rick McCharles of Gymnastics Coaching

Rick and Amber

Taiso new pit construction

Taiso Gymnastcs is building a great new facility. Hopes to open for July 1st.

The pits were designed by one former gymnast, Paul Koopman. And dug by another former gymnast, Billy Bentley.

Taiso pit

Those will be “suspended”, the foam on top of a tight sprung trampoline. (think Tumbl Trak)

If logged into Facebook, you should be able to see more photos of the gym construction in progress via Warren Long’s Facebook.

toddler toss

Not really a good idea, Dad.

do not point guns

Not even toy guns.

University student “charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault, according to the police report. He was booked into the Alachua County jail Thursday at 11:26 a.m. and remained there Friday on $4,000 bond“.

A dumb mistake. I hope he learns his lesson.


Bars – wrists and thumbs

Gymnast Crossing:

Small sample study in wrist shift and thumb use during level 3 bar skills.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Personally I don’t like to much mention grip change and thumb position to gymnasts. Instead, I do specific drills to improve the grip change. Double back hip circle for female beginners. Various sole circle series, both forward & backward.

Don’t be too dogmatic on wrists and thumbs. It’s not critical.

Safest is for girls to keep their thumbs around or partly around in support, with the fingers or half way around during swing.

Look at what’s really happening on Porgras’ Stalder 1 1/2 to Jaeger.

Stalder Porgras

That .gif was linked by paksalto.

Bar wrist rips?

Leave a comment if you have tips on first preventing, then treating wrist rips?


It’s a dilemma.

inflatable Gymnastic Air Floor

Now this would be fun.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Note the video does not show many landings.

Force elastic surfaces are great for take-offs, not nearly so good for landings. I’d use landing mats to absorb impact if I was lucky enough to use one of these.

What’s the price?

I don’t know. You’d need to email my friends at Eurogym in Belgium to find out. :-)

info (a) eurogym.be