chocolate milk an ideal “recovery drink”

chocolate.jpegI first heard this from Dr. Bill Sands. His recommendation came from research at the University of Utah.

I now drink chocolate milk myself after strenuous exercise.

But this was great news for coaches and parents of young athletes who can be very picky about what they eat and drink.

…the study by the scientists from Indiana University was supported in part by the Dairy and Nutrition Council. …

The small group of fit athletes who took part in the study were asked to work out strenuously on a stationery bicycle, then drink low-fat chocolate milk, a fluid-replacement drink like Gatorade and a carbohydrate replacement drink like Endurox R4. A few hours later, they were asked to cycle again until they reached exhaustion.

The test was repeated three times — once with each kind of drink — and the data showed that the cyclists were able to go between 49 and 54 percent longer on the second stint after drinking chocolate milk than when they drank the carbohydrate drink. The difference between the milk and the fluid-replacement drink was not significant. …

The milk folks tout their product as a less-costly and healthier alternative to the more traditional energy drinks.

Study: Chocolate milk good for athletes

Chocolate Milk: The New Sports Drink? – CBS

horizontal bar finals – World’s 2006

After speaking with one of the judges, Ray Heiderich, I went back to review the finals on YouTube.

The quality of the video is surprisingly good.

FIG still has the regulations wrong on the most spectacular men’s event. Everyone wants multiple release skills in series (like Nemov and Paul Hamm). But what we got at Worlds was mostly complex pirouettes — difficult to evaluate. And not exciting for the general public.

I was impressed with Vlasios Maras from Greece. His Pegan (double front over the bar with 1/2 twist) was the best I’ve ever seen. (And Pegan himself was in the final.) Click PLAY or watch the video on YouTube.

Compare his routine with:

video – Aljaz Pegan, Slovakia

video – Philippe Rizzo, Australia (gold medal – superb Tak 1/2, immediate Def)

The clips narrated by Tim Daggett and Blaine Wilson come from the fantastic World’s coverage, only $4.95 for everything.

clinic in Melbourne, Australia

Leaps06_logo_black.gifJust got the final line-up of my presentations in Victoria, Australia, Jan. 11-14, 2007.

I am one of the guest coaches at the huge Leaps and Bounds coach and judge education conference.

All levels of coaches will attend though most sessions are directed towards recreation and developmental gymnastics. I am really looking forward to it.


Now — why don’t we have huge coaching conferences like this in Canada?

coach killed landing in pit

No matter how good your pit, check frequently that there is no way to get through to the floor.

This is a terrible accident.

… a 27-year-old gymnastics instructor died from injuries he suffered in a freak accident at a Marlboro gym, authorities said.

McCurdy died early Wednesday from injuries he suffered Tuesday night while trying to perform a move called the Quad Front Flip, police said.

Police said all safety procedures were followed at the Jonas Gymnastics Academy on Commercial Court, and it also appears that the flip was within McCurdy’s capabilities, but the flip went horribly wrong Tuesday night.

“It appears this was a tragic accident,” said Detective Sgt. Paul Reed.

On Tuesday night, members of an adult team were training at the gymnastics academy. McCurdy, formerly of Mount Joy in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County, was a part-time instructor there. He was not working on Tuesday; he was practicing, but was not a member of that team, police said.

In a Quad Front Flip, gymnasts run, jump onto a trampoline, then do four somersaults in the air before landing on their feet, police said.

A roughly 6-foot-deep foam pit is in place for gymnasts who do not land properly. The bottom of the pit is lined with pieces of foam padding, about a foot thick, and on top of those pieces of foam are more foam cubes piled about 5 feet high, police said.

But when McCurdy tried the move, he only did about three somersaults, Reed said.

The instructor was still in the tuck position when he flew headfirst into the pit, and landed in between the pieces of padding, police said. He struck his head on the concrete floor, said Reed.

Gymnastics flip ends in death | Home News Tribune Online

A death like this makes us all feel our own mortality.

Coach Mack, posted a tribute video to his good friend Jon on MySpace. Watching the video you get to know Jon as a gymnast, rock climber, poet. A wonderful guy.

This is just tragic.

welcome David Kenwright

Passionate, dedicated, serious, focused, David Kenwright is a model elite women’s gymnastics coach. He feels the coach / athlete relationship can be as sacred as the parent / athlete relationship — the kids trust you with their lives.

Originally from Manchester, England, David had long been a fixture in Vancouver, British Colombia. His recent move to my town, icy Calgary, Alberta, is a big leap.

I want to welcome David. His influence will be felt throughout our region, but most strongly at his new club, Calgary Gymnastics Centre. (Home gym of Adam Wong.)

David can be a harsh critic of inefficiencies in our amateur sport system and does not suffer fools gladly. If he could change only one thing in the Canadian model — it would be to add compulsories.

I appreciate David’s candour. With a wealth of international coaching experience, twice Olympic Coach, he knows of what he speaks. He is coach to Kate Richardson, Canada’s best ever Canadian female gymnast.


I enjoyed David’s recent bars clinic for age group gymnasts. Key points included:

  • emphasize straight arms even with developmental gymnasts
  • be very cautious and exacting when teaching flyaway
  • he feels flexibility is only about 15% trainable
  • be demanding on correct body position (“shaping”)
  • core body conditioning is critical
  • gymnastics is a dangerous activity (read the warning labels on the equipment)
  • I am pleasantly surprised that a philosopher coach like David Kenwright, who sees the big picture, still chooses to coach high performance gymnastics — a monumental, under-respected challenge. I wish him all the best. Everyone in our Province will benefit from his example.

    For a sample of David’s coaching style, I edited video clips from his presentation on introducing backward giant swing. Of course he teaches it on a men’s bar with safety straps. Emphasis on shortening the body on the upswing to the “candle position”.

    Click PLAY or watch the video on YouTube.

    making gymnastics more FUN

    Joe Coiffe (not Coffee) spends a lot of time prepping the gym for gymnastics birthday parties.

    His birthday circuit is amazing.

    Do you want to celebrate your next birthday at Calgary Gymnastics Centre.

    my favourite – an “elephant” mat

    manic Joe Coiffe

    more gymnastics FUN photos


    Joe has a kindred spirit in Santa Monica, California. Check this video fly-through of one of their birthday party obstacle courses.

    I had this vision from the camera’s perspective of swooping around through the birthday obstacle course like I was going through the trenches of the Death Star in my X-Wing fighter … The Special Edition has extended credits, and the addition of soundclips from Star Wars….I think the closing credits may be longer than the actual video footage.

    Gymnast Crossing: “Birthday Wars”- Special Edition