Melisa Torres Gymnastics books for kids

Gym Gab recommends this series of books by Melisa Torres.



  • Book 1 – I’ve Got This!
  • Book 2 – Nothing Better Than Gym Friends
  • Book 3 – Dance is the Secret Event

Melisa competed for Utah State. She plans to continue this series with a 4th book autumn 2017.


Khorkina – The Magic of Winning

This month, Svetlana Khorkina is publishing her new memoir ‘The Magic of Winning”. …

Her previous book “Flic-flacs in High Heels” was published 10 years ago and is now out of print. The new book also tells the story of her childhood and gymnastics career and will partially overlap with the new memoir, however, it adds new material on Khorkina’s life in the last 10 years and her current views on the sport. …

There is no information on whether the publisher plans to translate the book to English. …


If you want to order a Russian language copy, click through to that link.

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

Aly Raisman book in time for Christmas

Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything

Fierce is slated for publication on November 14.

Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman Is Turning Her Private Journals Into a Memoir



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 …