I’ve moaned for years about the lack of opportunity for adults to do gymnastics in Calgary.
Last year one of the clubs dropped their adult program.
But this year one club added a program â€” Stampede City and now Jodie Bevis confirms Gymtastics (Tuesday nights 8:45-10PM) is running adult.
There’s more adult gym â€” at least 4 clubs in a city of 1 million â€” than ever before.
Is this a trend anywhere else?
By the way, I must say (again) how much I like the Gymtastics website and branding. Congratulations to owner Darlene “the bean” Fedyna. She’s built her club from nothing to one of the programs we all want to emulate.
It helps Darlene that she competes in the marketplace against clubs governed by elected Boards of Directors. Darlene can make bold decisions far more easily than can volunteer trustees. It’s the biggest weakness of the socialist Canadian gymnastics model.
Stuntman Wayne Michael’s bungie jump as Jame Bond from a 220m dam in GoldenEye was voted the best movie stunt of all time in one 2002 poll:
The jaw-dropping 750ft plunge beat scenes from classics such as Ben Hur and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade to top the Sky Movies poll.
GoldenEye opens with Pierce Brosnanâ€™s 007 leaping from the dam attached to the bungee cord.
007’s bungee jump tops best movie stunt poll
No doubt you can name better movie stunts.
But can you name another you can duplicate yourself?
Head for the Verzasca dam in Switzerland if you want to be like Bond, James Bond.
This, one of the highest commercial jumps in the world, is run by Trekking Outdoor Team.
For fun click PLAY to watch the “GoldenEye” Theatrical Trailer on YouTube.
Just getting prepared for my 4 sessions for Region 2 Gymnastics Congress (R2R), Spokane, Washington October 19â€”21, 2007.
Computers and the internet for coaches
Have more FUN in the gym (the â€œscience of funâ€)
Are computers just time-wasters? Or can they help you do a better job in the gym?
The Canadian gymnastics philosophy is Fun, Fitness, Fundamentals. First priority is Fun.
An overview of dozens of activities that will make your gym a happier, more productive place.
Video presentation: Advanced gymnastics for boys and girls
Select gymnastics video clips youâ€™ve likely not seen. Some are from Australia, some from the internet. Most time will be spent on unique drills used by British coach Paul Hall who had both male and female athletes competing at Worlds 2007.
Using circuits to teach floor and vault to class kids
The art and science of building circuits in the gym. Best practice.
Detailing the BEST ways to utilize circuits in the gym is particularly fascinating to write-up, I’m finding. I will post this topic on Gymnastics Coaching after I present a similar Circuits session at the British Columbia Congress, end of October.
Hope to see you at one or the other Congress.
I’ve always loved adding some seated calf work to the general conditioning program of gymnasts. It compliments the plyometric specific rebound training we do already.
And the machine is VERY safe for kids.
PowerLine Seated Calf Machine – Amazon
As a young coach, I recall hearing this factoid. That at the Mexico City Olympic Games Dr. Yessis did a field test where the Olympic lifters had higher vertical jumps than Track and Field athletes.
Finally, some visual evidence:
Shi Zhiyong reacts to successfully clean and jerking 170 kg.
larger original – flickr
OK, maybe not this guy:
larger original – flickr
They are part of a huge collection of Chinese weight lifting photos posted by dehwang.
Weightlifting – Wikipedia
KungFuDoggie just “happend to be walking by on the way to the wushu gym and caught a glimpse of the girls gymnastics team working balance beam basics in Shanghai“:
UnCut Video – Now Playing “GYMNASTICS IN CHINA ON BALANCE BEAM”
Carol Luber posted some historical photos of herself, her sister Karen, her father Al and much, much more.
Al Luber, owner of Santa Monica Gymnastics Center in his early years competing for UCLA. I believe they are from around 1967.
Maya Kato and on a wooden balance beam competing at the Santa Monica Beach Gymfest …
I still remember Maya from photos in International Gymnast magazine.
Larger versions of these photos on Carol’s blog – Sparklehaus: Santa Monica Gymnastics Center
Santa Monica Gymnastics Center – home page
(via Gymnast Crossing) – History of Santa Monica Gymnastics Center
JBS runs the Chalk Bucket forum. He posted a thread on this intriguing photo:
far less expensive than foam
somewhat force absorbent
easy to add mats to floor level and higher
somewhat force elastic (risk of injury?)
could be punctured
risk of vandalism
At first glance I’d say no go. But I would need to to see it in action before I could render a final decision.
If you have seen an air pit or know more about the concept, head over to
The Chalk Bucket – Air Pits page and leave a comment.
The same website that posted the air pit photo â€” Sport Loisirs Creation â€” from France has this illustration of an air filled vaulting “table” mat.:
I LOVE air matting in general, especially those made by Gordons, distributed by TumblTrak.
But an air pit?
Call me skeptical.
Foam suspended on a net is still the safest.
There could be no simpler instructions than the ones posted on DrillsAndSkills.com:
Gymnastics Parallettes – DrillsAndSkills
Need more detail?
Parallettes are a gymnastics tool that simulate parallel bars — which are similar to dip bars. You can use a pair of parallettes to do wallstands, handstands, dips, ab exercises, and tons of other weird, gymnast stunts. The following tutorial explains the process of making your own parallettes. The entire process shouldn’t take more than an afternoon, and is quite inexpensive because it uses PVC pipe.
complete instructions – Celtic Kane Online
The best tutorial on how to use them is on American Gymnast: gymnastics – parallette training – free membership required.
I hung out with James Glader, a California based Rhythmic photographer, at USA Championships 2007. And immediately became a big fan of his work.
Just a hint of James’ style from his US_NATIONALS_IMPRESSIONS collection:
Even those who know nothing about Rhythmic gymnastics appreciate his photos. Check out: US_NATIONALS_IMPRESSIONS
We added links to James’ Rhythmics photography site â€” RhythmicGymnastics1 â€” under Gymnastics Photos and Rhythmic on the right hand navigation.
Of course he shoots much more than Rhythmic: