Thoughts on Competition

I reminded the girls yesterday, but wanted to let you guys know what I said. There is a new concept to competing this year. This year is not about the scores or winning (the scores are just the cherries on top). This year is about developing the skills. This year is about learning how competition can develop your character. I was touched last night by a few of the girls in particular who showed amazing character. Though they didn’t place, they held their heads high and smiled and congratulated their teammates. That’s an amazing quality that will help them throughout...

Thanksgiving Reflection

November 2018 It’s that time of year to verbally express the things we are grateful for.  This month, I want to say thank you to you parents.  Thank you for your continued support, especially during the not so perfect times.  Though we strive to give the best experience possible, we recognize our imperfections and are striving to give you even better experiences.  Thank you for raising amazing children!  Thank you for letting us have the opportunity to be part of your children’s lives.  Thank you for your expressions of kindness, verbal or otherwise, telling me the positive things the gym...

The Rubber Band

This summer, I have been taught so much from the team girls I have worked with.  The main lesson I have learned from them is the parable of the rubber band. One day while working with a discouraged gymnast, I had the thought to grab a rubber band.  I sat down and talked with her about how to shoot the rubber band to make it go as far as possible.  We talked about how when we initially pull back the rubber band it doesn’t go very far, but the more we pull on the rubber band the back further, the...

Construction Update

Isn’t construction fun?! Thank you for all your patience with it. I know it’s a pain. I’m done with it. Haha! But once again there is a fun life lesson to learn. We can’t run away from the hard times. Just as with construction, there are ups and downs of life. There are moments when we are excited and motivated to push forward and get started. And then there are the moments that make us want to quit and run away because we are so frustrated with what is going on, or nothing is going the way it’s supposed to....

God Bless America

It’s Summer! It’s time to travel & visit new places. I love traveling! I especially love traveling internationally. It is so fun to learn the history of the other countries & see their beauties. I have a deep love for other countries but I am always grateful to come home. We are so blessed here in the United States. There are so many times I’ve taken our “rights & freedoms” for granted. I still remember when I was training in Russia, I was shocked to hear that the girls don’t get to decide if they did Gymnastics or not; the...

What Makes a Great Coach?

What makes a great coach? A great coach is the person who can encourage your child to push themselves to do amazing things. It’s the person who helps your child develop their own self confidence without needing someone or something else. It’s the person who helps your child accomplish tasks they never thought possible. A great coach is the person who believes in your child even when they may not believe in themselves. And finally, a great coach is someone who provides all the keys of success to the child and shows the child how to use each key. The...

Who Hates Change? EVERYONE!

We, as humans, don’t always like change because we like staying in our comfort zones, especially when it comes to our kids. With kids, consistency is important. We want to provide as much consistency as possible. Just as consistency is important, being able to adapt to change around us is equally important. And just as life is constantly changing, the gymnastics world is also changing. We have to be willing to learn and adapt so we can train our gymnasts with new techniques, and with these techniques, it is sometimes necessary to make staff changes in our classes to better...

Doug Bacholz

This week we would like to quote Doug Bacholz. “This year has shown me so many reasons why it’s great to do what I do. It is truly no longer about just good gymnastics in a good gym. It’s about teaching more than sport.”  I’ve always talked about building strong confident ladies first and then gymnastics second. Now more than ever is this needed. Children need to learn how to cope with the world around them. They need to learn how to deal with stress and anxiety more than any other generation. I spent so much time in the gym...

Staying Strong over the Break

Utah gymnastics: We have been working hard the past several months and with several students moving into new classes we want to make sure that all of our athletes stay strong with conditioning over the break. Below is a list of exercises that are great for athletes of all ages and skill levels. *Remember to start each workout with a good stretch like we do in class. 3 sets of each gymnastics exercise 3-5 Pushups 3-5 V-Ups 3-5 Burpees 3-5 Handstand Holds 3-5 Candle stick holds 3-5 Back bends (advanced do back walk overs) Remember our body’s need lots of...