new USAG President / CEO Li Li Leung

Official announcement.

Impressive credentials:

She was a gymnast at the University of Michigan

She has a sports marketing background

She has been working in the NBA headquarters since 2015

She competed in American Ninja Warrior

The main question so far is WHY she would leave the NBA for USAG.

Let’s wish her all the best.

importance of the sport parent

One of the biggest weaknesses I see in Gymnastics coaches is poor people skills with parents.

That’s especially true of young coaches who haven’t learned the hard way yet.

Many parents need to be convinced that a young coach knows what they are doing. (Those same parents assume an older coach does have the experience to do the job. Indeed, it’s not fair.)

Are you spending enough time keeping YOUR parents informed and onboard with shared goals?

That’s from Lisa Mitzel’s book FOCUSED and Inspired. Recommended.

update on Valeri and Brazil

Cedrick Willian on Gym Blog Brazil posted an important update on Valeri.

The original is in Portuguese. Here are some points I gleaned from Google Translate:

– short term goal is Tokyo 2020. Long term is important, as well.

– National Team training camp was Jan 7-17th

– no more weighing gymnasts

– nutritional orientation

– buffet at camp offered juice and dessert (yes, dessert!)

– doctors, physiotherapists, nutritionists, physical trainers and biomechanist involved

– first day medical assessment and specific skills test

– other days training: morning 08:30 to 12:30, afternoon 15:30 to 18:30.

– Saturday morning only and Sunday off

– all apparatus each day. Ballet and choreography rotations

– Brazil travels to WOGA Jan 28th – Feb 10th

– Jr and Sr team members will compete WOGA Classic in February

– the feeling is that the doors are open for everyone who aspires to National Team

The beginning of the democratization of Brazilian women’s artistic gymnastics

Valeri Liukin

interview with Tom Forster

Women’s high-performance team coordinator is not a full-time job.

The process for Doha was successful so Tom so far plans to continue with that approach into the future.

Read the interview.

are coaches willing to CHANGE?

I go to a lot of Gyms. A lot of excellent gyms.

Many coaches are doing many things right.

My last visit was to a club where only one of the competitive team had anything taped. It has a reputation for keeping girls in Gym through High School.

When I watched training my main feedback was to KEEP doing what they are doing: good basics, safe landings, good handstands.

That said, none of us are the best coach in the world. We should all constantly be evaluating and tweaking our training plans.

Some advice from Dave Tilley:

1. Everyone Taking On More Accountability and Self Awareness
2. Eliminate the Say-Do Gap
3. Pushing Athletes Hard But Intelligently
4. Collaborate, and Give Everyone and Equal Voice in Training Decisions
5. Critique Athlete Behavior, Not The Athlete
6. Don’t Value The Opinion Someone Has of You More Than Your Opinion of Yourself
7. Don’t Be Afraid of Very New, and Very Different, Ideas


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🚨*New Blog Post*🚨- "7 Culture Changes Gymnastics Needs for The Future" (link in bio) – – 🙏Got quite an important new blog post today, one that I have been really thinking hard about over the last year. – – 💡Not all of gymnastics is broken, but there is a massive amount of work to do. – – 📚I put together 7 of my thoughts I think we need in our sport if we want to a future for producing happy, healthy, and high performing gymnasts. It’s just based on my experiences as a gymnast, coach, medical provider, researcher, and consultant. Please share if you find it useful! #gymnastics #culturechange #performance #health #TeamChampion #SHIFT – –

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strength coach Daniel Lonsdale

Nick talks to his friend and collaborator Daniel Lonsdale on how best to integrate outside specialists into the coaching team. For example: nutrition, psychology of winning, medical, etc.

Daniel is a multi-sport Strength and Conditioning specialist.

Click PLAY or watch it on Twitter.

software for Gymnastics facility design


turnsloef recommends Sweet Home 3D. It’s free. You can import any furniture (like all Gymnova equipment). Click PLAY or watch a sample of how it turns out on YouTube.

___  original post from Jan 8th:

I’m currently trying a new beta Mac version of 3D Gym Design.

Leave a comment if you can recommend any other software options, free or paid. 

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

interview with Russia’s Valeri Alfosov

This is the best insight I’ve seen so far into the fast improving Russian Men’s team.

Alfosov is very smart. Takes nothing for granted. Knows that Russia has less depth than their main rivals.

Valeri Alfosov, the head coach of the Russian national team, gave an interview to R-Sport. He talked about the challenges of selecting a four-person team for the Olympics, about the team strategy and about coaching the gymnasts in all aspects of their life, not just in the gym. …


It’s interesting that the Russians are so dismissive of GBR lately. They are definitely top 5 contenders for the foreseeable future. And their Juniors are as strong as the Russians.