Canada’s Food Guide

Canada’s Food Guide was updated and released to the general public in January 2019.

Unlike previous food guides’ emphasis on food groups and recommended servings, the 2019 revision from Health Canada recommends eating “plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods and protein foods.

Choose protein foods that come from plants more often. …

The Dairy lobby lost out as milk is now included in the protein section rather than having it’s own designation.

The U.S. version still includes a Dairy section.


strength stunts

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Chellsie can muscle-up

WITH good form.

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coach Andy Memmel on Chellsie

Chellsie Memmel was 2005 World Champion, coached by her father.

She has 2 kids: a son born in August 2014 and a daughter born in November 2017.

After playing around in the Gym during the COVID-19 break, Andy says she’s about 95% physically ready to start on routines.  Thinks it would be fun for his grandkids to see mom compete.

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Rings spotting bungee belt by Tower Spot

Just once I tried to build my own version of a Rings bungee belt. It lasted about 3 weeks before falling apart.

A professional version is available. Safer on the shoulders. Easy to do more repetitions of swings. It works for dismounts. And, of course, less spotting is needed.

Tower Spot System includes TS anchors, TS adult and child harnesses, TS resistance bands (5 for each side, 10 total).

Details $699

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physical preparation for injury prevention

Dr. Keith Russell is one of the smartest Gymnastics people I know

A former Canadian Men’s National Coach, personal coach of Olympians Warren Long and James Rozon, Keith is expert in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and sports injury.

This is the first of a series of FIG Education online seminars organized because all regular FIG camps and clinics have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

One of Keith’s recommendations is to do fewer reps in our yearly training plans by working more strength / power and less muscular endurance. Especially for advanced gymnasts.

I recall Dr. Bill Sands stating a high level gymnasts should be able to complete all their strength / power training in about 30 minutes / day.

I like Keith’s simple graphics that help explain complex issues – knee ligament injuries, for example.

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Here are some upcoming webinars.

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