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  jamour_ma_vie
 
10:31pm 30/05/2008
  Does anyone know where I can find actual gymnastic ART? Like, oil paintings, etc...?  
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  jamour_ma_vie
 
07:47am 11/04/2008
  How do you spot a giant? one hand on shoulder blades and other on the be-hind?  
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gym photos 
  martina_e
 
10:37am 30/10/2007
 
mood: good
Hey everyone,

in case you are interested - we do have photos up from Worlds and other competition. To see them please check
http://www.gymnasticsunited.com

Or discuss in our forum:
http://guboard.proboards105.com/index.cgi

 
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  jamour_ma_vie
 
11:28am 18/04/2007
  Even though this community is pretty inactive, hopefully someone will see this post and help me out.

I have a level 5 gymnast who doesn't have her splits. I mean, isn't even close. I know that I'm supposed to stretch her, do flexibility with her, etc... But this girl is a bit of a special case. She is a wrestler and has been for the past 6 years of her life so her muscles are unlike anything I've ever seen. It's not that she is in pain when she does her splits, but rather, she physically cannot force herself to go down any farther and neither can two coaches both pushing down on her together.... any advice?
 
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Problems with a gymnast 
  christina_tm
 
01:35pm 01/06/2006
 
mood: complacent
I know this community is dead, but maybe some of you can help:

There is a girl in one of the gymnastics classes I teach who has SID (sensory integration dysfunction) and cannot stand the feel of chalk for the uneven bars. I also have minor sensory problems so I understand her plight, but not using chalk on the bars is dangerous. She does have a reaction to the chalk on her hands and this is a documented problem. I don't want to aggravate her issues but I also don't want her to get hurt! Is there anything the other coaches and I can do to help her?
 
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Revive the Community! 
  flipping4jesus
 
09:50pm 16/12/2005
  Hi, I've been in gymnastics most of my life. I've coached for almost 13 years now. Two years ago I became a wife. Another year later I also became a Mom. I gave up coaching for a while, but missed it so much that I went back to coaching one night each week. There's several people listed as members of the community, so let's get back in touch! The gymn forum is great, but that's also another site to go to and not all of us have time for that, so how about some gymnastics discussion here -- even if it's just a good laugh at the antics of recreational kids! I have this one little girl who is 6. She is in my beginning recreational gymnastics class (we call it the red squad). She is so funny! She talks NONSTOP! During a class a couple of weeks ago, she finally got her turn on trampoline. But she didn't stop talking! She started telling me some story about her cat. Sometimes I have to really let her have it because she even keeps talking while I'm giving directions. Last time she did it, I ignored her. Then when she didn't know what to do, I made her miss that rotation. It was hard because she's so sweet, but she's just going to have to put a sock in it!

I'd love to hear your gym woes, funnies, and concerns! Let's bring this community back to life!
 
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Coaching Program! 
  privare
 
11:30pm 15/12/2005
  Hi all. I am a student in the Competitive Gymnastics Coaching Program at Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario. If you are interested in coaching at an advanced level, this is the program for you.

This is a great program. Students get to work with elite level athletes and learn from Olympic team coaches. It's endorsed by Gymnastics Canada and Gymnastics Ontario.

Interested? Click here!
Applications are now being accepted for September 2006.

[x-posted everywhere]
 
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Howdy 
  whtmtnwmn
 
12:29pm 02/11/2005
  Hi Gym Coaches,
I just found this community and thought I'd introduce myself.

I'm a former recreational tumbling/beam gymnast who has been teaching again (I co-taught while an active gymnast) for the last 6 years. I teach about 40 students, meeting on a weekly basis. My students are mostly girls, and one very talented boy, range in age from 4 to 15, at various levels of skill. The studio where I teach also offers dance, so many of my students don't take gymnastics classes seriously enough, which is always a motivational challenge.

I'm sure I'll have questions and comments as I become more familiar with this community. For today, I'll just leave it at "hello".
Thanks!
=D
 
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  xotinydancerxo
 
12:49am 16/05/2005
  random question....any of you college people on facebook???

*Amanda-Lynne*
 
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  christina_tm
 
11:39pm 26/02/2005
 
mood: scared
Here are my bests and worsts of the American Cup. Would that I had videos First off, let me just say it's dumb to have all event champions and no all-around, and the new scoring system is not worth a flying hip circle. I also thought the guys got jipped out of TV time.

BESTS (GIRLS)
VAULT: Yurchenko double full (Alicia Sacramone)
BARS ROUTINE: Elizabeth Tweddle
RELEASE MOVE: Straddled Jaeger (Liu Juan)
BARS DISMOUNT: Half-in half-out (Liu Juan)
BARS TRANSITION: Shaposhnikova (Chellsie Memmel)
BEAM SKILL: Rulfova (Zhang Nan)
BEAM DISMOUNT: Double back pike (Chellsie Memmel)
BEAM ROUTINE: Nastia Liukin
FLOOR MUSIC: Alicia Sacramone
FLOOR PASS: Roundoff back handspring Arabian double front (Elizabeth Tweddle)

BESTS (GUYS)
POMMEL HORSE ROUTINE: Alexander Artemev
VAULT: Yurchenko 2 1/2 (aka Amanar, but no one ever calls it that) (Jeffrey Wammes)
PARALLEL BARS MOUNT: Glide jam to handstand (Yann Cucharat)
HIGH BAR DISMOUNT: Sean Townsend (layout double-double) and Justin Spring (triple back tuck)
HIGH BAR ROUTINE: Yann Cucharat
HIGH BAR RELEASE: Colman (Huzachi Muzatori)
RINGS DISMOUNT: Layout 1/2 in 1/2 out (Jordan Jotchev)

WORSTS (GIRLS)
RLEASE: Geinger (Nastia Liukin; she fell)
BEAM PASS: Back handspring back tuck full (Cheng Fei; she too fell)
VAULT: Handspring front pike 1/2 (Zhang Nan; she took several steps on the landing)
FLOOR PASS: Handspring-handspring double front (Melanie Sinclair; she went out of bounds)
FLOOR MUSIC: Marci Burnholtz

WORSTS (GUYS)
VAULT: Handspring double front (Christos Lympanovos; he fell hard)
 
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  andinthatmoment
 
05:27pm 26/02/2005
  I'm new to this community, but I just wanted to say hi and gie a little bit of background information on myself :) Oh and for future reference, one of my keys doesn't work, so you'll hae to be patient :)

I was in gymnastics in the suburbs of Detroit for a good amount of my life, finally "retired" back in the spring of 2001, and now I'm one of the head coaches at the Hillsdale gymnastics center in Michigan (while I attend college). In the future I would LOE to open up my own gym, but for now I"m in need of some ad*ice. Because Hillsdale is a ery tiny farm country town, we do not hae the best facilities and we are not well known so therefore we hae ery few girls that work out there. We hae two leel sixes, though, who's parents are determined to pull them out of the gym unless they can compete as a part of the team (3 on a team). There is probably no one in Hillsdale that we can try to recruit in order to hae a team for the next competition season, but there is one alternatie (the one I need your opinions on). I retired competing as a leel 7 my last year. I'm 19 years old (I'd be competing at the age of 20 and the other two girls will be 12 and 13), but do you think it's a decent idea? Is it een legal sine I'm registered as a professional coach under USAG? can I register as a gymnast as well? Do you think it will make the gym look, well, desperate and people will just look at it in disgust? Do you think it would help publicity and help to get the name out there if we can actually compete in meets? Is this all just a dream, or do you think it's a possibility? Thanks for any input you can gie me :)
 
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The Gymnast's Survey 
  christina_tm
 
08:21pm 12/02/2005
 
mood: busy
I've had this collecting dust in my inbox, and seeing as I have no more gymnast friends to forward it to (they've all moved on *sigh*), I thought I'd post it here.

THE GYMNAST'S SURVEY
Are you a male or female gymnast: Female
What class/level are you: Do you have a level if you quit? I was a Level 5 but not anymore.
What's your favorite/least favorite event: Floor/Beam
How long have you been in gymnastics? 9 years almost.
How old when you started: 10
Are you on a team: Not anymore
Do you have all your splits: Yes
-Oversplits: Good side
Are you a righty or lefty gymnast: Lefty (righty writer though)
Do you watch gymnastics on TV: When I can
What's your favorite/least favorite event to watch: Girls-bars and floor Guys-high bar and floor. Don't really have a least favorite to watch.
What was your highest score and on what event: 9.1, vault
What's your favorite/least favorite trick: Tsuk-entry vaults (even though I can only do them on the big mar; they're still fun!)/back walkovers on beam
Have you ever straddled an apparatus: Yes. It hurts
-In a meet: No
Have you ever fallen in a meet: Yes
Who's your favorite/least favorite gymnast: Shannon Miller and Blaine Wilson/Svetlana Khorkina
Which gymnast do you consider most influential on you: Shannon Miller
Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you in a meet: It wasn't a meet, but I was in an exhibition at my gym and my bra came unhooked while I was doing my beam routine.
 
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  haleiwatown
 
03:15pm 31/01/2005
 
mood: Divided
Maria wasn't evaluated by the coach on Saturday as planned, because she (the coach) was in Manhattan for a meet. However, the level 4 team came in to practice, all of them wearing their matching glimmery blue leotards, sparkly scrunchies, wind suits and letter jackets, all ready for their meet in NYC. They were looking very sharp, and Maria was so pumped to see that some of the girls were ALMOST as small as she is. (She has been resigned to being the smallest in every class of anything she's in.)

Next weekend for sure, her coach Amanda said, the Level 4 coach will have a look at Maria. She says that Maria is doing Level 4 skills that lots of the other Level 4 girls haven't even mastered, yet, and that she would be very surprised if they didn't put Maria on the Level 4 training squad. It's exciting, but scary, too. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet, but Maria said she wanted to do it, desperately. I'm not sure where the money's going to come from, but I'm just going to have to try to make something work.

She (and I, too) found out there's such a thing as a back limber, and she did it on her first try, with her legs together and her toes pointed. Her coach is so impressed with her, but Maria and Miss Amanda love each other, and that's one of Maria's only qualms with moving up in her gymnastics training. She doesn't want to leave the girls that she knows and the coach that she loves. How do I make that transition easier for her? She has been complaining of pain along her shins, also. I think it may very well be growing pains, but it could be gymnastics related, too. Any words of wisdom on preventing/helping with that? Is she not stretching enough?

As always, thanks for your expertise.

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Gymnast?? Coach? 
  gambit2309
 
08:59pm 29/01/2005
  I posted this in another gymnastics community, but this one might be better for it. Thank you for reading.

OK... so this is kind of a long story. Well it's really not, but I like details. I would appreciate lots of responses and opinions. Ok, well let's start at the beginning. I started gymnastics when I was 15 years old. Originally just for my high school team. All the local high school teams work out at a city gymnastics club. Additionally, some of the club coaches are also high school coaches, so it's all very interconnected. But anyway, when I first started, the men's head optional coach kind of took me in and trained me. So I never had to train under the high school coach. This was very fortuitous because I got wayyy more practice and a far more experienced coach. I'm not sure exactly why he took me onto his team.

So I trained about 4-5 hours a day 5 days a week, originally just to be able to compete for high school but by the end of the first season I was also competing on team as a Men’s Class 1 (now it's called Level 10 if anyone knows anything about men's gymnastics). Anyway, I wasn't really a Class 1 but that's the class I competed. I got good really fast apparently. Giants, blind changes, pirouettes, free hips, a vault over release on high bar. Tsuk fulls on vaults, double backs on rings and all that stuff. Nothing to fancy, but good I guess for a year or two of gymnastics.

People would be like, omg you've gotten so good so fast, can you imagine where you'd be if you started just like 5 years earlier or like when your were 6. My coach would say the same thing after I learned a new skill "too bad you didn't start a few years back." Made me feel really depressed, but also even more determined to get better and better. While other gymnasts jacked around during practice, I worked my ass of every day. My coach would say I didn't know when to give up. After my first season on team I won gymnast of the year, which is like this really huge thing at my gym.

Ok, so. About a year after starting I was asked to start coaching boys classes at my gym. So I started doing that too and still working out and competing. My senior year I applied to the air force academy and was hoping to do gymnastics there, maybe just as a vault specialist or rings or something, I wasn't expecting much. I just wanted to be able to continue doing gymnastics. Well, suffice it to say I didn't get into the academy for whatever reason. I had the grades and fitness testing and everything, and they said they ran out of room. So I said screw it and went to a University really close to my house to save money before medical school. The first year of college I continued working out and competing full time for my team because I hadn't reached the age maximum for Class 1 yet. I also got really into coaching and began coaching the compulsory girls team at my gym. After the first year of college I couldn't really do gymnastics anymore because I was coaching so much and taking more than a full load at my university. Additionally, if I wanted to compete more I would have had to go Elite, and that would pretty much have meant cutting back on school and quitting coaching to train. And cutting back on school or quitting coaching wasn't an option for me. So I told myself that I would be satisfied with coaching and working out when I could for fun.

Then...and I won't go into the details, but I and a lot of other coaches had some salary disputes at my gym and I got mad and decided to go coach for another gym that offered me a lot more money and better hours. Since I didn't really have an argument with the coaches at my gym, just with the salary people from the city, I was invited to work out whenever I wanted too, as was traditional for former team members. The catch with the new gym was that they are a lot less competitive and the head coach has totally different ideas about coaching and success and stuff.

Anyway, I've been at this new gym for about 5 months and it's just been really frustrating having barely any hours to coach these girls, watching them loose skills or not get them at all because they are hardly ever in the gym, and getting really bad gymnasts to train who have no determination at all. Throughout this whole process I've been stepping it up at school and have had barely any time for my own gymnastics and it's been really depressing.

Sometimes I'll watch a gymnastics routine on TV or something and just break into tears because I think of what could have been if I had started earlier. And so that brings me to today. Today was my first meet with my new team that I coach. They did so horribly compared to my standards. I mean I guess I couldn't have expected more considering what I get out of them in practice, but it was just so depressing and frustrating for me. I got really mad and just hated the whole day. I started thinking, I just wanna quit this gym and find a more competitive gym, some place where the girls will actually work and not just socialize, and where the head coach will have a philosophy more similar to mine and push the girls like I know they need to be pushed. When I say these girls did bad...I mean bad. Scores form the 4's to the 7's with just barely any 8's.

I got home all depressed and started thinking. Why am I reacting this way? What is making me so mad and upset? I mean I knew this program was wayyyyy less competitive than my old gym. I knew it was way different, and I knew the head coach’s philosophy was way different than mine. So why am I reacting this way. And then I had a thought. Am I really upset about these girls not doing well, or am I projecting my own regrets about not having started gymnastics earlier. I mean it shocks me to think that I'm trying to live through these girls, because that's not what gymnastics should be about. On the one hand I loveeeeee coaching, but I can't get over this sadness/depression/regret of not having succeeded in my own gymnastics career. It's not even so much that I wanted to win nationals or to go to the Olympics or something. Nothing like that, I just HATE not knowing what could have been. If I had started when I was 5 and quit when I was 10 that would have been good enough for me, but at least I would have known. Now I will never know... and it eats at me every single day.

How do I get over these feelings and continue coaching without regret. And how do I keep from projecting my own failed dreams onto my girls.
 
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A few questions. 
  haleiwatown
 
05:58pm 26/01/2005
  I'm not sure if this is allowed.

I'm not a gymnastics coach, but I figured you all might know a thing or three more than I do in this arena, and I thought it would be worth a try to post my questions here.

I have a six-year-old daughter who is in gymnastics, and she hasn't been taking it for very long at all. She turned six in July, and she now weighs 38 pounds, so she is just a tiny thing.

This is her fourth year in ballet, but she just started gymnastics in June. At the time, she could do a cartwheel fairly well. Now, after taking one-hour classes once a week since then, she can do cartwheels on the beam and on the floor, one-handed cartwheels, one-handed roundoffs, roundoff backhandspring combos, back and front walkovers, back walkovers on the beam with minimal spotting, back walkovers switching legs in the middle, and back handsprings cold just from standing still. It seems like alot to me, but I'm no coach... I don't have experience with children at this age level, but to me, she seems to have a true talent for it. Am I right or wrong? Is it too soon to tell? A coach at another gym took a look at her and wanted to put her on a USAG training squad immediately, and wanted to bump her up to at least 4 hours a week.

What about ballet? What would you recommend? Any advice outside of what I've mentioned here?

This is a picture of her kicking over from a bridge:




Thanks so much. :)
 
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Hi! I'm new. 
  christina_tm
 
07:46pm 09/01/2005
 
mood: bouncy
Hi everybody. I'm new. My name is Christina. I used to be a Level 5 gymnast (now I've probably regressed to something like Level 3). I competed for a little while but it got to be too much so I stopped, but I continued taking classes for a few more years. I quit when I started college. Now I am a coach for recreational girls at the same gym I've been at for nearly 9 years :). Yes, I've been at this awhile. My favorite events were floor and vault. From time to time I show up to Open Gym.

Just wanted to introduce myself.
 
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  anyas
 
12:06pm 14/11/2004
  Hey fellow coaches

I have a question for you, though. I have a girl on my team that is terrified of blind changes on bars and I just don't get it, and I can't convince her to do them even if I'm standing there. I've been though spotting her and then gradually moving away. She does great when I have my hands on her and she hits it everytime she just WILL NOT do it without me touching her. I've also tried to talk her through it explaining that she won't get hurt. She won't even do it over the pit bar. Has anyone had a problem with this that can give me a tip or two or three about what to do and how I can help her? Thanks!
 
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  anyas
 
11:04am 09/11/2004
  Hi, just browsing through things today, I thought I would add this community even though I see it isn't all that active.

I was a gymnast for about 16 years now I coach; occasionally I coach level 4-5 but mostly optionals. Lets see- I've only been coaching about 4 years and judging a year, I have a lot of fun coaching and playing around in the gym with the girls on occasion. I use some different methods from other coaches but they are pretty effective from what I have found. hmmm...okay, thats me, haha. Oh, 3 days a week while I'm not in the gym, I'm a newborn intensive care nurse. yep, okay, thats it :) hi!
 
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gymnastics survey 
  hav12gym31
 
08:28pm 29/09/2004
  1. What first got you into gymnastics? Well I watched the 92 olympics with my neighbor and after the games we would go outsides do cartwheels and roundoffs pretending we were kim zemskal and shannon miller, yes I know cornie
2. Was that when you started following gymnastics as a fan? yes

3. Have you ever competed in gymnastics? If yes, what level were/are you? i did junior high and high school, hopfully will do empire state games in the future

4. Do you still do gymnastics? If no, when did you quit? i wouldnt say I quit I am taking a break due to college for a few months
5. What's your favorite piece of apparatus? vault and beam

6. What's your favorite skill on each apparatus? (regardless of whether you can actually do these skills or not) bars- comeneci (sp?), beam that I can do round off's stuff i can't do the teza, floor whip triple full, vault that I can do half on half off, yurchenko 2 1/2 twist

7. What skills do you hate so much that you want to ban them from the Code of Points? when elites jump from low bar to high bar
8. What meets are you planning to go to this year? Competing in? not sure but I am not competing

9. What's your favorite NCAA team? UCLA, michigan

10. What's your favorite national team? the US team i suppose

11. What's your favorite American gym club? hills, GAGE

12. Name your top five favorite gymnasts of all time: shannon miller, jamie dantzcher,andreea raducan, lillia pod, kristen maloney
13. Name your top five current USA gymnasts: shayla worley, Mohini Bhardwaj, Courtney Kupets, terin humphrey, shantessa pama

14. Name your top five current foreign gymnasts: anna pavolova, monica rosu, allana slater well thats all i can think of right now

15. Who's the cutest gymnast of the opposite sex? jason gatson

16. How many times have you broken a bone/torn a ligament/dislocated a joint because of gymnastics? i tore my miniscus in my knee, sprained ankles

17. What qualities do you think are most important in a successful gymnast? hard working and determined and dedication

18. Who's your least favorite gymnast of all time? Svetlana her attitude bothers me

19. Which gymnasts did you want to win the men's and women's AA titles in Athens? brett and Carly

20. You were elected president of FIG what would you do? the judge controversary is joke get over hamm won. I never said it was fair or weather he deserved but people leave the guy in peace...I would mainly make it so their is no age limit for worlds or olyympics
 
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gymnastics survey 
  hav12gym31
 
08:28pm 29/09/2004
  1. What first got you into gymnastics? Well I watched the 92 olympics with my neighbor and after the games we would go outsides do cartwheels and roundoffs pretending we were kim zemskal and shannon miller, yes I know cornie
2. Was that when you started following gymnastics as a fan? yes

3. Have you ever competed in gymnastics? If yes, what level were/are you? i did junior high and high school, hopfully will do empire state games in the future

4. Do you still do gymnastics? If no, when did you quit? i wouldnt say I quit I am taking a break due to college for a few months
5. What's your favorite piece of apparatus? vault and beam

6. What's your favorite skill on each apparatus? (regardless of whether you can actually do these skills or not) bars- comeneci (sp?), beam that I can do round off's stuff i can't do the teza, floor whip triple full, vault that I can do half on half off, yurchenko 2 1/2 twist

7. What skills do you hate so much that you want to ban them from the Code of Points? when elites jump from low bar to high bar
8. What meets are you planning to go to this year? Competing in? not sure but I am not competing

9. What's your favorite NCAA team? UCLA, michigan

10. What's your favorite national team? the US team i suppose

11. What's your favorite American gym club? hills, GAGE

12. Name your top five favorite gymnasts of all time: shannon miller, jamie dantzcher,andreea raducan, lillia pod, kristen maloney
13. Name your top five current USA gymnasts: shayla worley, Mohini Bhardwaj, Courtney Kupets, terin humphrey, shantessa pama

14. Name your top five current foreign gymnasts: anna pavolova, monica rosu, allana slater well thats all i can think of right now

15. Who's the cutest gymnast of the opposite sex? jason gatson

16. How many times have you broken a bone/torn a ligament/dislocated a joint because of gymnastics? i tore my miniscus in my knee, sprained ankles

17. What qualities do you think are most important in a successful gymnast? hard working and determined and dedication

18. Who's your least favorite gymnast of all time? Svetlana her attitude bothers me

19. Which gymnasts did you want to win the men's and women's AA titles in Athens? brett and Carly

20. You were elected president of FIG what would you do? the judge controversary is joke get over hamm won. I never said it was fair or weather he deserved but people leave the guy in peace...I would mainly make it so their is no age limit for worlds or olyympics
 
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