Max is back training

He couldn’t retire.

Max Whitlock is the most successful gymnast in British Gymnastics history. A 6-time Olympic medalist.

Max Whitlock on mental health

Max Whitlock is one of the greatest gymnasts of all time. A a six-time Olympic medalist. The most successful gymnast in his nation’s history. The winningest man on Pommels in Olympic history.

Yet after winning Olympic gold on Pommels in Tokyo, he fell into depression.

It can happen to anyone.

Read an interview:

Max Whitlock: I fell into a big hole, feeling a total waste of space. I guess I’m not ready to retire

Gymnastics: It’s Hard, It’s Supposed To Be Hard!

Of all sports and physical activities, Gymnastics is one of the most challenging. That’s why our athletes are amongst the fittest.

In addition, our athletes are younger than most other sports.

Read the newest post by coach Andrew Vetter:

… Gymnastics isn’t all sunshine and rainbows; the higher you climb, the more dangerous the skills become.

With risk, comes rules.

With safety, comes standards.

These things can be taken in the wrong context and come across as strict, demanding, or unfair to athletes and their parents.

We need to keep in mind that this isn’t golf, if you miss a shot you can lose a lot more than your favourite ball. …

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USAG Xcel Program

The USA Gymnastics Xcel program was developed as an alternative competitive program offering a bit more freedom for gymnasts and coaches.

GymnasticsHQ compares Xcel with the traditional USAG Development Program (formerly Junior Olympic rules):

Canada also offers Xcel. And it’s used in some other nations, including Bermuda.

Sapphire is newest. It’s being piloted in USA Regions 3, 6, 7, and 8.

If interested, check the documentation on USAGym.org.

If you know Xcel, click over to GymnasticsHQ which has a succinct summary of changes for 2022-2026.

new USAG branding 2022

athletes with superstitions

Rituals are good. Superstitions bad.

As a coach, I discourage illogical superstitions.

That said, many of the best athletes keep themselves busy with superstitions, especially in competition.

Here’s the argument that superstitions CAN help performance.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

coaching a GREAT athlete

Basketball.

Gregg Popovich is the type of coach that all coaches in every sport, at every level, can learn from. Most games won in NBA history.

Manu Ginóbili, from Argentina, was 57th overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft. At the time, he didn’t look like a future Hall of Fame legend.

Happily, he ended up with the right coach. A great relationship.