Sam Peszek’s 11 tips for gymnasts

 5. Are you in or are you out?

6. If you’re going to do something, you might as well give 100%
10. RAW: Ruthlessly Attack your Weaknesses
11. Become a 24 Hour Athlete

You can also check out Samantha Peszek and Beam Queen Bootcamp on instagram.


life after Gymnastics

HARRY MCLELLAN just retired from the sport.

In this article he reflects on what he learned. And what’s next.

I was a gymnast for 19 years. I began in Mommy and Me classes at age 3 and never missed a practice (by choice) until the day I retired as a senior graduate from the UIUC. …

Throughout middle school and into my adolescence I was known as “the gymnast.” I trained year long eating, sleeping, and breathing gymnastics. When I got to the collegiate level, this cycle only intensified.

Though I knew my career would last just until I completed college, the thought of what came next remained ever present but incomprehensible. What will it look like? Who will I be without gymnastics? …


Gymnastics “saves”

I skipped the Gymnastics FAILS meme not wanting to encourage people considering falls as entertainment.

But I do love gymnasts who can SAVE a skill or routine. That takes psychological toughness.

There is some great coaching SPOTTING in this blog, as well.

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Click PLAY or watch the original SAVES montage on YouTube.

advice for Gymnastics coaches

… as a coach, I strive to have a lighthearted training environment that is serious when needed.

Time for bars? The athlete should think hard about their turn right before they go, as they execute skills, and concentrate to the best of their abilities. Between turns, it’s okay to have a laugh at the chalk bucket, especially if their next turn isn’t coming for a little while.

I also continually stress to my kids quality over quantity — the deal is, we do fewer routines and less conditioning if what they do is executed well. If not, we continue to stay on those skills or continue conditioning until it is done properly.

Not only does this kind of mindset build respect in the athlete-coach relationship, but it also gives the kids some empowerment …

A Letter To Gymnastics Coaches

Under Armour for LGBT Pride

Josh Dixon flying the colours.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

For the second year in a row President Donald J. Trump has chosen to let gay ‘Pride Month’ slide by with no official recognition.

Uchimura v Shirai v Tanigawa

Kohei was still in 3rd place AA arriving at the 12th and last apparatus. Fortunately it was Horizontal Bar. Kohei is one of the very best in the world.

He nailed it.

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GYMNALYSIS linked to a great recap of the top 3 at the 2018 NHK Cup. English subtitles by Gymnastics Soul.

Kohei was MORE motivated after his AA loss at All Japans.

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After withdrawing from Worlds 2017 injured, this year Uchimura’s goal is the team competition in Doha. He wants to see how Japan compares with China in the lead-ups to Tokyo 2020.

advice for graduating gymnasts …

… and coaches.

Tony Retrosi:

Learn the art of listening.

Be tolerant.

Be kind to yourself and kill the naysayers with kindness.

Never stop learning.

Your words have meaning, choose them wisely.

Ask for help. People will show up, as will the universe. Pretending doesn’t make you smarter.

It’s okay to change your mind. Walk a road that you hadn’t envisioned, and then, when you are ready, make a sharp left, and take that road.

Surround yourself with positive people and let the others gently fall away.

The Head and the Heart

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