gymnastics forums

I am not a huge fan of on-line forums as there are a lot of silly and unimportant comments posted between the few great comments.

Once I see SPAM comments for the first time, I am gone for good.

Still, there are two I check regularly:

  • Gym Chat
  • Chalk Bucket
  • Here’s another opinion:

    gymspot is a good one, same kind of feel as here nice bunch of parents and gymnasts. They also have a forum for gymnasts only, which I think is nice for the younger crowd. Parents forum is for the over 18 crowd, but not a place for adult content.

    In Canada gymbrooke is interesting when anyone posts, very quiet in the non comp season, lots of gymnasts post. Only problem is you can post as a guest, so it is hard to work out who is who and who is replying to what.

    GGMB is a riot, but it is impossible to join now as they have strict membership guidelines, I was in before the rules changed. It is definitely a place for the over 18’s and not for the prudish type. They are bold and brash, but very funny and you cannot take yourself too seriously there.

    WWGYM is a newish board formed from some old GGMB members. Both GGMB and WWGYM are ary into the international gymnastics scene and not at all into low level kids gym. It is nice to have a few to choose from.

    The Chalk Bucket Gymnastics Community – Forums, Photo Gallery, Links, Articles, and much more. – Other Forums

    video – ORIGINALITY in gymnastics

    I saw a terrific video clip linked from Gym Chat.

    Originality Montage by FullyBooked is one clip you will want to watch several times. Original, even shocking, elements from gymnastics history.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Some of the greatest elements in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics resulted from the (long-gone) “originality bonus”.

    (OK, it resulted in a lot of garbage skills, as well.)

    Still, I miss the originality bonus. One of the biggest problems in Men’s Gymnastics is routines with similar structure. The new code has helped.

    Chellsie Memmel at Woodward Lake Owen

    From Chellsie’s blog:

    Hi everyone!!

    I just celebrated my 19th birthday yesterday! …

    I also just got back from Lake Owen Camp and had a blast.

    I had a great time talking with the younger gymnasts — they were a really fun group! We had a question-and-answer session with all of the campers and then had a few smaller ones with some of the VIP gyms. I enjoy being a role model for young girls.

    My whole team that I workout with came up to the camp as well. There are six little girls that I train with — they are ages 9 to 11 and one of them is my youngest sister, Skyler.


    WCSN Blogs » Blog Archive » Turning 19

    Lake Owen, Wisconsin, is one of 3 famous Woodward Gymnastics and Action Sports Summer Camps.

    Xiao Qin Pommel champion 2006

    The state of the art on pommel horse.

    Click PLAY or watch Xiao Qin win Worlds Finals 2006 on YouTube.

    He fell at the 2004 Olympics. But should be the man to beat again in Beijing.

    We’ve previously posted the routine of Australian Prashanth Sellathurai.

    One of his few other serious rivals to Xiao Qin is Krisztian Berki from Hungary. (Best scissors I’ve seen since the 1970s! Maybe ever.)

    Click PLAY or watch Berki at 2007 Europeans on YouTube.

    improving – gender equity in coaching

    A Gym Chat forum post quotes some optimistic FIG statistics:

    In the top positions of the FIG though, there are more men in charge than women, but it is getting more even:


    According to statistics, female gymnasts participating in official competitions and registered in the FIG Gala data base are the majority. Out of a total of 4,681 gymnasts, 2,769 are women, a whopping 59.2%. This majority can be attributed to Rhythmic Gymnastics, an exclusively female discipline, while Artistic, Trampoline, Aerobic and Acrobatic are nearly 50/50.

    The demographic picture of the athletes does not in reflect the one of the FIG authorities, the majority of which is made up of men.

    For the current Olympic cycle spanning from 2004-2008, the Federation’s authorities include 85 elected members, who make up the Council, the Executive Committee and the seven Technical Committees. The demographic breakdown shows 48 men and 37 women, respectively 56% and 44%.

    Nonetheless, if the statistics are to be believed, the FIG is moving toward equality…

    Gymnastics Message Boards – Gym Chat :: View topic – Men/Women coach ratio smaller in gymnastics than other sport

    My feeling is that we all need to promote female coaches in all sports.

    As a club General Manager I’ve found that female coaches are more responsible, on average, to fulfil their job descriptions.

    Rachael Tart – Funtastics Gymnastics, Idaho

    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)