Gymnastics Camps in Alberta, Canada

Canada has far fewer summer Camps than the USA. Our biggest is GymRep in Montreal. With heightened border security in the USA 2017, consider friendly Canada as an alternative.

My home Province now has 3 very good residential options.

1. CALGARY – Mountain Shadows 20th Annual Residential Artistic Gymnastic Camps (Brochure)

July 17th – 22nd WAG
 July 24th – 28th WAG

2. CANMORE Illusions 2nd Annual Residential Adventure Camp (Brochure)

Aug 13-19 WAG
Aug 20 ( coaches heli-hiking)

3. EDMONTON – First annual Pine Valley Residential Summer Gymnastics Camp (Brochure)

July 2-8 MAG & WAG
July 9-15 MAG & WAG
July 15-22 MAG & WAG
July 23-29 MAG & WAG

I’ve coached at the first two Camps and can personally recommend both. And I’m planning to travel to Pine Valley to get involved with the launch. The Kriangkum family has been putting this together for years. When comparing costs consider accommodation, food and activities. All three Camps are excellent value.

Pine Valley facility

gymternet – best of 2016

by site editor Rick McCharles

Gymnastics Coaching is an aggregator. We try to link to the best of the best published online in English. The most interesting ideas, photos and videos for coaches.

NEW ideas, in particular.

Artistic Gymnastics, especially WAG, dominates the gymternet over all other acrobatic disciplines. That’s OK — I guess — since we want every child to start with Artistic & Trampoline before specializing. 🙂

I’ve blocked recommendations into 3 categories:

INDEPENDENT SITES (blogs, coaches, gymnasts, etc.)
OFFICIAL SITES (magazines, organizations, FIG, NOCs, etc.)

For 2016 I’ll add a few of my favourite social media sources.

Artistic Gymnastics is the Foundation.

The BIG news from 2014 was Lauren Hopkins launching The Gymternet.  Lauren and her writers had the best WAG coverage overall in 2016.

Gymternet instantly became the 1st site Women’s Gymnastics fans should check.

There was a continued decline in the number of Gymnastics blog posts in 2016. Nico, for example, was not updating The Liukin, instead posting on Tumblr and other social media. Follow papaliukin on Tumblr. IrishDaniel is good, too. Tumblr is messy and confusing, however.

Anne Josephson’s JAG GYM BLOG was excellent again this past year. Much reposted. It’s thoughtful and unique. One of the few sites discussing gymnastics judges and parents.

Bea Gheorghisor and friends post on The Couch Gymnast | Facebook | @TheCouchGymnast. It’s a must read too.

Gigi Khazback-Farid and friends – WOGymnastikA posts more often than anyone else. Often highlight GIFs from Tumblr and social media.

Albert Minguillón i Colomer, Nora Schuler & Elizabeth Long (Europe) – THE ALL AROUND | Facebook | @THEALLAROUND

Katie (Ireland) – @full_twist

Every WAG coach should be following Swing Big. Since 2013, Zari has been methodically posting practical drills. The best of what’s out there.

• Triple Twist Gym Blog | Facebook | @tripletwistgym


Tony Retrosi’s Gym MomentumGym Momentum | Facebook | @gym_momentum

Gymnast 391

Gymnastics News Network is an aggregator like this one. But they also post unique content.

GymFever2012 on Facebook is one of my best sources. But I don’t link as it’s “secret”. I belong to a number of private Facebook groups, in fact. Those groups seem to have increasingly taken over from private forums. In 2016 the secret Gymternet Clan Facebook group was another excellent source of breaking news.

Follow Emma Bailey @MoominWhisky

If you do like to discuss Gymnastics topics, the forums offer better software. Check out Chalk Bucket forums. (some public, some private)

WWGym. Or IG Forum.

Other must reads not focused on WAG:

Trampoline Pundit

T&T Coaches Canada on Facebook is a terrific T&T source, too. Invitation only. There are other Trampoline sites on Facebook, as well.

Uncle Tim Talks Men’s Gym. Uncle Tim has not posted much in 2016, but is a regular on the GymCastic audiocast.

Ron NoeStick It Media (MAG) | @StickItMedia


GYMMIN’ MIEL! (all disciplines)

Please subscribe, follow and/or like those as well as others listed here that don’t post quite so often. (A much longer list of sites we follow is listed in the navigation of every page on this site.)

The only site with more content for coaches than this one is GymnasticsZone, a terrific resource. Original content.

John GeddertThe Gymnastics Coach@JohnGGeddert

Ask Al Fong is another superb site for technique.

I follow the NCAA mostly on these sites:

Balance Beam Situation

College Gym Fans

NCAA Gym News (new in 2015) @NCAAGymNews_

Balance Beam Situation

For NCAA scores and links best is 🙂

The following sites publish less frequently, but I never miss a post:

• the always thoughtful Gymnast Crossing

• Between the Olympics | @BTOgymblog

Valentin Uzunov – @thegympress.

The best site for recreational gymnastics is another I edit, We’re looking for contributors.

B.C. Gymnastics does a great job with their non-competitive site

For music check these sites: is a great resource for MAG and WAG coaches. It’s a video library of Gymnastics skills

Sites dedicated to geographic regions:

Region 5 Gym Insider does a terrific job promoting just one of 8 regions in the USA.

GymMedia (English & German)
turn-news (German)

Great Britain
British Gymnewstics

Belgian Gymnastics

• Alina – Tare! magazine
• Mihai – FanGymnastics (Romanian)


Arabian peninsula:
• Gombazz Facebook page

Blossom, Chinese Gymnastics Flowers

• Rewriting Russian Gymnastics

Australian Gymnastics Blog

GymPower (Dutch)

Gimnasia Latina (Spanish American)

Revista Magnesia | Facebook | @revistamagnesia (Mexico)

Doble en Plancha (Spain)

Gymnastikfabriken (Sweden)

Gymania (Israel)

Gym Blog Brazil (Portuguese)

• Jenn Isbister’s (Canada) … perhaps the original dedicated National site

The Chrome browser offers automatic Google language Translate, one of the main reasons I use it.


With a small staff, Inside Gymnastics magazine does a good job during LIVE events. And especially on Facebook.

Inside Gymnastics  | Facebook | @InsideGym

I link a lot to IG. Dwight Normile, Amanda Turner, John Crumlish & team – International Gymnast magazine online News | Facebook@intlgymnast

Last year and again this year I was astonished at the quality of communications out of USA Gymnastics and FIG. Those organizations have media people equal the best bloggers. In the past information from both was whitewashed — no bad news. But both have gotten increasingly open, over time.

• USAG Headlines | Facebook | @USAGym

• FIG News | Facebook | @gymnastics

British Gymnastics does a terrific job of communicating.


FloGymnastics are the leaders in unique online VIDEO.

In the past I was boycotting (formerly Gymnastike) as were many other sites. That started with the Joe Battaglia Flocasts scandal, but – in fact – I don’t like some of Gymnastike’s business practices. And haven’t for some years. Things have improved in 2016 so I’ve been linking more.

My favourite feature on FloGymnastics is Workout Wednesday (FREE). They’ve recently added more technical content behind the paywall. I’ve never had a subscription for FloPRO, however.

The Gymneo WAG coaching video tutorials (now in French and English) are superb. Cost as I post is  199€  or $218 / year. They do post free teasers on their Facebook page.

Justin Laury’s Gymnastics Progressions website launched Christmas 2015. WAG coaching tutorials cost $8 – $15 / month. posts high quality gymnast documentaries in Dutch and English. Everyone knows their The Hard Way To Success videos.

But is doing much more. For example they created videos for the 2013 World Championships Organizing Committee. See ALL their videos linked from the home page. And subscribe to their YouTube channel.


The best thing that ever happened for gymnastics coaches is YouTube. Thank Google for buying that company and letting us share with the world for free. In 2011 I still link to YouTube over Vimeo and others as YouTube streams quickest over a weak WiFi signal. The worst place to post your videos is Facebook — link to a YouTube video in Facebook, instead.

Some of my favourites this past year:

Arabian Punch Front links to the best montage videos. And more.

• American Gymnast Gymnastics on Demand videos on the JoeLangley YouTube channel (1150+ coaching tutorials)

British Gymnastics videos

GymTactics Videos on YouTube (formerly JAO)


• Sargis Siradegyan’s sKT YouTube channel (MAG)

• Coach Sommers – Gymnastic Bodies videos (the #1 MAG strength guru)

Nick Blanton on YouTube

Nick relocated to Canada. And started up Blanton’s Gymnastics Consultancy. Recommended.

• Tony Retrosi – Gym Momentum YouTube Channel

• Mary Lee Tracy – USAmlt YouTube Channel

• John Geddert – GymnasticsCoachUSA YouTube channel and DVDs $.

Gymnastics Minute YouTube channel. And GymSmarts for DVDs $.

RedNasvw YouTube channel, especially his MAG Code of Points videos

There were fewer & fewer gymnastics montages in 2016. I link most to AshleyakaFlipper and CSaccullo.

For podcasts the top site is GymCastic.  Jessica O’Beirne of Masters Gymnastics. They have a number of guest hosts as well as celebrity guests each week.

For PHOTOS, Inside Gymnastics has the photographer I link to most. That’s the terrific Grace Chiu. She uses Facebook perfectly, posting a few of her best shots in order to promote sales from

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Did I MISS one of your favourite sites? … or links to their content?

But … leave a comment and I’ll update this list in a week or so. I could name many more.


Gymternet – best of 2015
Gymternet – best of 2014
Gymternet – best of 2013
Gymternet – best of 2012
Gymternet – best of 2011
Gymternet – best of 2010

Lastly, a big THANKS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all the individuals who emailed or messaged me with links in 2014. 🙂

Gymneo coaching tutorials – forward handspring

Gymneo has signed on as one of the advertisers on this site. We appreciate their support.

Click PLAY or watch a sample on Facebook.

49 minutes:

Video 1: Overview of the training on the front handspring on floor

Video 2: Technical analysis

Video 3: Prerequisites

Video 4: Specific Physical Preparation

Video 5: Pedagogical analysis – 32 drills for teaching the front handspring

Video 6: Spotting

Gymneo, out of France, is the best coach education subscription service, in my opinion. I’ve been a member for over 4 years. (Before they added English language content.)

Cost is €199 or $211 / year.

USA Gymnastics Men’s Levels 1-3

A review of the USA Gymnastics’ Essential Elements program.

Al Scharns – Program Design

Dusty Ritter – Junior Olympic Program Coordinator

Here is how the program works – each coach can set up their own lesson plan by choosing 4-8 stations known as ‘boxes’ that coordinate with the 14 or more key “Essential Elements” for that level (Levels 1 & 2).

Week after week, they can select different boxes to introduce new drills, progressions and challenges. The boxes can be used for individual stations or included in a circuit or obstacle course. …

Of course, we want to make it fun, interesting, safe and challenging. Thus the program is designed to be flexible and creative. …

Our mission is to provide the opportunity for clubs to initiate and grow a boys’ gymnastics program while at the same time helping to train coaches to the discipline of boys’ gymnastics. We are providing an opportunity to do this in a way that is cost- effective for both the club and the participant …


The program is set up so a Club with very little men’s equipment and coaching expertise can still start to work towards J.O. competitive levels 3 and up.

The videos are excellent. Clear, bright, short and well edited. The demonstrators exactly at the ability level being taught. Any WAG coach would have no trouble teaching these drills.

Other curriculums are divided into 6 Olympic apparatus and Trampoline. This is better breakdown:

Category 1 – Warm up, Flexibility and Body Shapes
Category 2 – Swings and Hangs
Category 3 – Supports and Strength
Category 4 – Runs, Jumps, and Springs
Category 5 – Games, Races, and Courses

I really like the obstacle courses / Parkour content.

The content is advanced Recreational. But by the end of Level 3 boys are prepared to join competitive gymnastics at Level 4. Or go on to any other sport.

It’s $39.95 on disk:

Manual: The Essential Elements Program – includes program description, skill charts, curriculum planning charts, and sample lesson plans.

Video: Complete video of all five skill categories

Forms: Writable PDF versions of Essential Elements lesson plan charts, evaluation charts and certificates

We purchased that disk but it’s also available as a digital download for $29.99 to be viewed on iPad, iPhone and Mac.

USA Competitions in Florida

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new website for TumblTrak

My friends have been working hard and long on the latest update. It’s friendlier. Navigation easier.

Under the hood the process of getting a quote with shipping, duties, taxes included is streamlined.

If you’re shopping start on the home page.


For training tips it’s Or jump directly to their rapidly expanding YouTube playlists.

Thanks James.