Shannon Miller fights childhood obesity

Shannon.jpgGood luck Shannon. This is one of the most important issues of the day.

I look forward to The Shannon Miller Fit Camps planned for 2008.

Bringing Awareness To Childhood Obesity

America’s Most Decorated Gymnast, Shannon Miller, Aims to Bring Awareness To Childhood Obesity.

Shannon Miller recently announced the formation of the Shannon Miller Foundation, which is dedicated to fighting childhood obesity.

Today, an estimated one third of all children in the United States are over weight, while the occurrence of obesity has more than quadrupled in the last 25 years. …

The Shannon Miller Foundation gives children the opportunity to be physically active, and gain greater nutritional knowledge. Through selected programs, these children will learn why it is important and fun to be physically active, and why it is crucial to fuel their bodies with healthy foods. …

The Shannon Miller Foundation is a 501c3 Not For Profit Corporation, and all contributions are therefore tax deductible.

For more information regarding The Shannon Miller Foundation please email: or contact Sheryl Shade at 212-307-5128.

Shannon Miller – Bringing Awareness To Childhood Obesity



Shannon has a blog on WCSN. As does Chellsie Memmel.

(via Kat on Gym Chat)

standing somersaults – bit of a trend?

Seems every time I look at YouTube lately, someone is demonstrating a new standing somersault.

Here’s standing “Thomas” (1/1-in, 1/2-out to roll-out) into a mat on a pit as well as other crazy (and sloppy) flips:

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Also, a tutorial on standing front somersault with “Russian” (back) arm action:

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

saltocafe gymnastics videos

My favourite channel subscription on YouTube is saltocafe which has over 80 videos, many quite unique.

That’s Coach Don at Woodward West Gymnastics and Action Sports Camp. (He’s looking GREAT for his age, by the way.)

As an example, check out this monster forward somersault on a trick bike.

Just a few years ago “fronts” on a bike were considered far more difficult than backward flips. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

saltocafe – YouTube

I will be at Woodward July 22-25th. Looking forward to Dodgeball!

Gleason’s Introductory Trampoline DVD

This is an entry level instructional DVD designed for trampoline teachers and coaches. Your host, David Kennedy, takes you through the basic progressions of introductory trampoline using techniques that are the foundation of Larry Gleason’s trampoline program.

A list of skills and themes covered are as follows:

* Controlled straight jumps
* Body bouncing skills
* Half turns
* Full turns
* Seat drops
* Basic skill combinations
* Height building

Gleason’s Teacher Training Series

Check the sample video showing some front drop progressions I’ve never used. (Front drop is the most dangerous “basic” skill for beginners.)

To see an introduction to the video by Gleason himself click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

The DVD is available for US$40 from several retailers linked from the home page


want to do movie stunts?

These guys will teach you aerial wire work.

Tumblemonster Productions Stunt School is the place to do it. We offer the best aerial stunt training available, period.

Welcome to the Tumblemonster Productions Stunt School

To see a wire fight scene click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

To see “Swooping and flipping” click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

For a more advanced wire fight scene click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

See more on the Tumblemonster photos and video page.

Or check the Tumblemonster YouTube page for faster loading, lower resolution, versions of most of the same clips.

Leave a response below if you can recommend other stunt schools.

I love flexi-roll mats

This truly is one of the great improvements in gymnastics equipment in recent years.

Seems to me they will not be quite as durable as the old solid rolls of carpet-bonded foam — but that’s a reasonable tradeoff, especially for those clubs who have to move them often.

I spent some quality time recently with the Dollamur version:

* Easy to Move and Set Up
* One-Person Set Up
* No Flipping
* Carpet Protected on Inside of Roll
* Rolls Won’t Unroll When Set on Edge
* Easy Storage
* 3-year Limited Warranty


Introducing the quickest and easiest mat ever made! One person can set-up or break down a 42’ X 42’ Dollamur FLEXI-ROLL® mat in just minutes.

Even a preschooler can unroll a section!

You’ll get the same great performance of our regular rollable mats chosen for years by top gymnastics and cheerleading programs. The same high performance sports foam, the same durable carpet and the same state-of-the-art bonding method. The best just got better!

Dollamur Sport Surfaces

video montage of NAMED skills

This is a terrific clip with examples, sometimes the originator, of skills that are named after female artistic gymnasts.

Shame the “flash” format of YouTube video makes it so difficult to see exactly what they are doing.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Leave a comment if you know of the same video posted anywhere else in a better video format.

Also, there is a good discussion in the YouTube page comments. I agree there are too many skills named after women with only slight variations in body position or degree of twist. The FIG Men’s code has been more restrained.