gymnastics coach – Christopher Sommer

I took a boys team to the Peter Vidmar competition in Los Angeles in 2004. (photos)

Christopher Sommer’s gymnasts from Desert Devils, Mesa AZ were the most impressive I saw at the meet. I immediately introduced myself and congratulated his athletes.

As a coach, Sommers emphasizes conditioning. It showed in his athletes!

Check the website for a wealth of conditioning articles.

A good starting point is this article:

Building an Olympic Body through Bodyweight Conditioning, by Christopher Sommer


Joe Eigo

Eigo.jpgToronto gymnastics coach Gary Legault has discovered more than his fair share of talent.

One of the best was Joe Eigo. Eigo is now one of Jackie Chan’s stuntmen and worked as an Orc in Lord of the Rings.

Eigo combines gymnastics, martial arts — and often puts it on the street. This guy is fit.

There are plenty of Joe Eigo video clips on YouTube. Or you could check Eigo’s home page for the latest news.

Seems Eigo is super-fueled by a special Tahitian drink called Noni.

gymnastics in China

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Shichahai Sports School in Beijing 2006. China is getting ready for the Olympics 2008!

Natalie Behring has 14 good photos posted on Flickr.

Find more good photos by searching for “gymnastics” and selecting the “most interesting” option.

Flickr is an amazingly useful and friendly site.

Why Gymnastics? – Bill Sands

The definitive article by the most prolific gymnastics researcher in the world — Dr. Bill Sands.

Many times I have photocopied this article for distribution to parents and coaches. It is superb.

Bill answers the question, scientifically; What are the benefits of gymnastics?

It was published in the March 1999 issue of Technique, Vol. 19, No. 3.

What are the benefits of Gymnastics?

Funtastics Gymnastics, Couer d’Alene

June 19-26th I am again booked to coach at the wonderful FUNtastics training camp in Couer d’Alene, Idaho. This will be my 4th year.

Why is this summer camp so great?

The focus is FUN. How much FUN can a gymnast have in a day? We try to push the known limits.

So what happens to kids who train mainly for FUN? They are awesome! Funtastics is one of the strongest teams in their region. This gym is on exactly the right track.


You can get an idea of how it looks by checking photos of past FUNtastics camps.