Athlete’s Guide to Mental Training and Kicking Butt

NEW – Focused and On Fire: The Athlete’s Guide to Mental Training and Kicking Butt by Lisa Mitzel

Lisa Mitzel is a motivational speaker and a mental training coach. A former Head Coach at Stanford. An NCAA National Champion at Utah. A 2-Time Junior Olympic National Champion and former Elite. She has a BA in Psychology.


via Gymnastics Coaches Skills & Drills

Khorkina’s new book

Seems the legend has a NEW book to be launched in September at the Moscow International Book Fair.

Heart this photo on Instagram.

related – Her 2008 autobiography “Somersaults in High Heels

via Gymternet Clan

parent – coach – athlete relationship

I find many coaches — especially young coaches — not particularly skilled at dealing with the parents of their athletes.

Progress is much easier when parents are 100% on board your training plan.

You could forward Makenna’s post on the role of the sport parent:


As a follow-up, three books are recommended for parents:

(1) Positive Sports Parenting – quick read and easy application.

(2) Changing the Game – thorough and action oriented.

(3) How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk – advice and assignments that apply not just to sports but parent-child communication in general.

Young Adult fiction: When it Counts

Just in time for Christmas the second book in a three-part series by Lauren Hopkins is available in digital formats.

A year ago, 15-year-old Amalia Blanchard failed to qualify to nationals, but now with less than two months until the 2016 Olympic Games, she’s the United States beam champion on her way to fight for a spot on the Olympic team. Gymnastics is Amalia’s life and she’s sacrificed everything to get this far, but she still has to prove she has what it takes …



Overcoming Gravity: A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength

Six years after first publication, a second edition of Steven Low’s manual is available.


You can purchase the second edition of Overcoming Gravity on US Amazon. CA AmazonUK Amazon. DE Amazon. FR Amazon

Leave a comment if you’ve got a copy.