boys in gymnastics

Michael Sanders alerted me to a great blog post from a gym Mom:

I have run across a few people who are shocked that I enrolling my BOY in gymnastics. …

I view gymnastics as being very much a manly sport but other people? Notsomuch. …. Boys should be running around bases or catching footballs; not spending time in a gym learning the fundamentals of gymnastics. Never mind the fact that those fundamentals- strength, flexibility, and coordination are integral to every aspect of athetics.

… “What? Is the local karate studio full?” and “Wouldn’t he prefer soccer?”.

Gavin has already shown signs of mad gymnastics talent. He is super strong. … The kid can spin and spin and spin and never waver (again, a result of all his sensory stuff). … He can stand on his head, flip around a bar at the playground, hang forever and a day while swinging from a bar, do a somersault, and do splits. When we went to visit my nieces, they were performing all their gymnastics moves and the boy could totally do or at least try to do everything that they did and they have already had years of lessons. Plus, he wanted to do what they did.

Gymnastics: Not just for girls – by Officially a Mom.

A boy doing gymnastics in the 1970s, I can’t honestly say I got much criticism. Once I got good at it, I only recall getting respect from my peers.

In 2006 any stigma about boys doing gymnastics should be dismissed as ignorance.

Gymnastics is great for EVERYONE. But it’s long been my conclusion that the sport benefits 6-year-old boys most. That is the ideal target age and gender in my experience.

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Taiso Gymnastics

circus – Zumanity

Zu.jpgMore cabaret than acrobatic performance, still Zumanity is the favourite Cirque du Soleil show of many insiders.

Human sexuality in all its forms is the theme. It’s adults only — though I’d be surprised if many ticket holders are offended. It’s more camp, than graphic.

Liza Minnelli was there one night across the aisle from me and laughed as loudly as anyone else in the fantastic Las Vegas theatre. Zumanity pays homage to her film Cabaret (1972), I think.

Cirque does not sell video of this performance. But you can get sneak peaks on two web pages:

  • Zumanity – official trailer
  • Zumanity – under the covers
  • More detail on the official Zumanity website.

    Women’s Worlds – team prelims

    UPDATE:

    1. USA – 243,325; 2. CHN – 239,525; 3. UKR – 235,025;
    4. RUS – 234,900; 5. ROM – 232,600; 6. AUS – 231,325;
    7. BRA – 230,475; 8. ESP – 229,775

    The 8 teams qualified for the TEAM Final 2006, Wednesday 18., from 7 p.m. local time.

    Wom_quali.jpgThe best site I’ve found for Worlds results updates is GYMmedia.

    The women’s qualification at the World Championshps in Aarhus

    GYMmedia- reporting – directly from Aarhus- supported by Janssen-Fritsen (NED)Dieter HOFMANN (SUI), Hans TEKLENBURG (NED)und Eckhard HERHOLZ (GER)Photos: Volker MINKUS (GER)

    video – Rhythmic in Russia

    This is one well-crafted homage to the beauty of Rhythmic gymnastics. Beginners right up to the Olympics. If anyone knows who edited this elegant video please let me know with a comment at the bottom of the post.

    Click PLAY or watch the video on YouTube.

    Now — I feel Rhythmic girls are far too restricted by competitive rules. I remember how impressed I was when Toller Cranston did a back somersault in flagrant violation of the competitive rules of figure skating. That was cool!

    When is Rhythmic going to open up the sport to skills like aerial walkover and aerial cartwheel?

    Al Fong – using the Tumbl Trak

    I would love to travel to GAGE (Great American Gymnastics Express) in Blue Springs, Missouri to see just how Armine & controversial coach Al Fong develop such fantastic gymnasts.

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    Al published an article in the Tumbl Trak monthly magazine which gives a glimpse into his methodology:

    By using the Tumbl Trak … (to) start the workout for 10 to 15 girls I can condense the amount of time needed to “get the athletes going”. It can involve total body movements from the obvious lower body groups to the not so obvious upper body groups by using arm swings to accompany the bounces down the tramp. After every pass down the trak I have the kids dynamically stretch their legs, wrists, and shoulders while waiting for their turn. Within a relatively short period of time (10 minutes) I can progress to actual tumbling passes from the basic back handsprings and fly springs to the big skills like double fronts and backward double layouts. It’s a perfect opportunity to reinforce tumbling basics and body positions. At the end of a 30 to 45 minute session I am able to provide warm ups, stretching, and tumbling in the same amount of time that usually takes 1 ½ hours.

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    Since I have a big 8 ft x 15 ft crash pad at the end of the Tumbl Trak, I often times instruct the athletes to roll forward, sideways, and even backward after landing… without the use of their hands to incorporate “falling drills”. I believe it is extremely important to teach kids how to fall properly. I provide ample opportunities during workout for them to practice so it becomes instinctive. This minimizes the chance that someone will over rotate and hurt her arm because she stuck her arm out to catch herself instead of rolling out.

    Here’s a thought. Next time you have a group tumbling on the Tumbl Trak, have the kids line up next to the landing area at the end of the Tumbl Trak instead of the beginning. (This is where I stand to watch them tumble.) Have only 2 or 3 kids at the beginning of the Tumbl Trak. This allows the rest of the group to watch and see what I see and can hear the instructions I give. They understand better by watching each other. It also prevents them from talking in line while waiting for their turn. …

    Al Fong – “Using the Tumbl Trak to Speed Warm Ups”

    salary for Head Coach?

    A highly touted new website says salaries average about US$46,000 with a range from $25-50k.

    That’s for a hypothetical coach with 10-years experience and a University degree in Physical Education working in Las Vegas.

    To get a specific answer for you in your region, fill in the questionnaire on PayScale.com — it’s free.

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    Leave a comment below if that result seems ridiculous to you.