conditioning program for Santa

Can you help?

Santa Claus is not getting any younger. Though his work is seasonal, he needs to be very agile for the big day.

Now this …

Santa is being told to shift the pounds before Christmas – because the obese saint is failing to set a “good example” for children. …

The revelation comes after a medical report earlier this month stated that by 2050 more than 50 per cent of Brits will be obese. ..

Bluewater shopping centre in Greenhithe, Kent, has … set-up a Santa boot camp.

“He will still be the same lovable jolly man, but will be fitter and healthier.” …

Santa told to slim down for Christmas to ‘set a good example’ | the Daily Mail



Daniel Keatings – British champion 2007

I have friends traveling to England. They hope to visit Huntingdon Olympic Gym Club, home of gymnasts Louis Smith, Luke Folwell and the new National Champion, Daniel Keatings.

Coach Paul Hall is obviously working some magic there.

Having qualified only 2 gymnasts for Beijing, the British Men’s program is looking towards the 2012 Olympics in London.

Daniel Keatings has been crowned the country’s best at the British Gymnastics Championships.

The 17-year-old from Corby took the All Around Senior Title at the event in Wigan with a score of 87.4 to edge out his team-mate Luke Folwell (86.0). …

Next up for the British champion is a trip to Scotland this weekend and some equally tough competition.

He continued: “I’m taking part in the Glasgow Grand Prix where most of the top performers in the world will be taking part. …

Keating bags British crown – Northants ET

photo credit – BBC

meet gymnast Jin Yang

Just this week, on my hiking blog, I lambasted Discovery Channel for one of their TV shows called Man Vs. Wild. (The publicist actually emailed me, disappointed.)

Today I’m singing their praises for a special called Discovery Channel :: Discovery Atlas :: China :: Meet the People.

Recommended to me by Jennifer Isbister, this Discovery Channel program is excellent.

As with most of the pre-Olympics media coverage, the documentary includes a gymnast.


But rather than take a cliche story line — young Chinese girl robbed of childhood by Godless Communists, for example — this is an astonishingly balanced bit of editing.

Though Jin Yang has a disastrous competition in her first major National meet, her life is not ruined. I highly recommend the TV show.

(I cannot find it on-line. You may have to look for it on that old-fashioned television of yours.) Kecks notes that segments are posted on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on YouTube.

More information on Discovery Channel.

if Chris Sharma was a gymnast …

Chris Sharma, many would say, is the greatest “dyno” boulder climber who has ever lived. His style is unbelievably acrobatic.

A child prodigy, soon after entering the sport at age-12 he was challenging the best in the world.

I saw his latest award winning documentary — King Lines — and immediately thought, ” …if only he had gone to gymnastics instead. This guy is so talented.”

King Lines follows Chris Sharma on his search for the planet’s greatest climbs. From South American fantasy boulders to uncharted deep water soloing in Greece to the future of sport climbing at Mt. Clark, Sharma and friends find and climb the most spectacular routes in the world.

Click PLAY or watch the King Lines trailer on YouTube.

Chris Sharma – Wikipedia

Roller Suit – 60MPH lying down!

Jean-Yves Blondeau from France (aka Rollerman) on the Grimsel Pass in Switzerland.

On his stomach! (You’ve got to see this.)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Jean-Yves calls this “sport” BUGGY-ROLLIN and debuted his first suit in 1995.

There’s a whole lingo of position names including SUPER BUG (arms outstretched forward), SQUELETON (arms outstreched against the body) and GRENOUILLE (frog). And actions like SNOOP, SPIN and STARWAR.

He will build you a suit. But it’s expensive.

Check another video I would call “Street” that may be even more interesting.

official website – Jean-Yves Blondeau

(via Straight to the Bar: Roller Suit and MarkFu)

Trampoline Sports World Championships photos

Grace Chiu has hundreds, even thousands, posted: 2007 World Trampoline Gymnastics Championships – Photos © GraceClick

For free you can download a larger size of poster girl Karen Cockburn:


Grace put together a cool slideshow movie of highlight photos which loads when you visit the home page of Gymnastics Canada.

Wonderful job, as usual, Grace. Thank you.

Gymnastic Greats – Whatever Happened to …

Likely you’ve already seen the website

The editor, Jennifer Isbister, of has posted hundreds of bios of Artistic (men & women) and Rhythmic stars. It’s a great resource.


This site was created in response to the many “Where are they now?” questions that fans repeatedly ask. If you would like to contribute to this web site (whether information, photos, or entire tributes), please feel free to email me.

Editor’s note: Please note that the tributes … are (generally) no longer maintained. I also lack the time to add new tributes. Sorry!

Whatever Happened to…?

Like GymnasticsCoaching, GymnasticsGreats is a hobby site. It’s time-consuming and (literally) impossible for Jenn to keep tabs on all the greats of all time.

We appreciate your site, Jenn. Thanks. And we are linked to Gymnastics Greats from the right-hand navigation under GYMNASTS.


If you are keen on gymnastics videos, be sure, too, to check Jenn’s video page. She has an UNBELIEVABLE collection.

book – Gymnastics and Tumbling (1944)

In Canada both Keith Russell and Hardy Fink have large collections of gymnastics manuals. (I’d love to see them combine those into a resource library one day.)

Here’s one more for the collection.

Greg Glassman posted some of this classic in the CrossFit Journal Issue 30 – February 2005. The whole article is available on PDF file:

This month we review a small yet dense out-of-print book titled Gymnastics and Tumbling. First published by the U.S. Navy in 1944, Gymnastics and Tumbling is today an obscure reference in danger of extinction. We believe it is an indispensable resource for CrossFitters and intend to keep it alive.

CrossFit Journal


Glassman is a prolific fitness pundit, by the way. Watch for his name.

Altadore 40-year reunion

My home club reunion — this coming weekend. Special guest is Olympic Floor Champion Kyle Shewfelt.

It will be nice to catch up with people. I spent 21-years there. Only Physical Ed Vincent has more Altadore years, I think, than myself. Perhaps the founder, Jim McLuskey. Kyle’s former coach, Kelly Manjak, has at least 15-years.


Altadore Gymnastics, Calgary, Canada

Super Size Me – teaching kids about fast food

Kids in most First World countries today are eating worse than ever. (The historical reasons are documented in the book Fast Food Nation.)

Many coaches don’t like publicly speaking truth about weight of their gymnasts. They worry about contributing to (future) eating disorders.

Avoiding talking about a problem is not a solution.

What should we do?

Consider showing kids at the gym the movie Super Size Me. It’s light and funny. Yet a good jumping off point on nutritional discussion. (There is some profanity, unfortunately. And some discussion of sex. Perhaps we should only show select clips from the film.)

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on YouTube.

The 100min long movie movie is available streamed, legally from if you want to watch it yourself first.

Super Size Me

Super Size Me – Amazon

Supersize Me (2004) – Wikipedia

Leave a comment if you have other suggestions on how to educate young athletes and their parents.

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