After such an AMAZING 2018! We are excited for 2019!
Here’s a few resolutions that your Gymnast may like to read through and choose a few to help them not only at Gymnastics but at school and home.
- Have a positive attitude. It’s easy to get upset when something goes wrong, but the problem can’t be fixed if you allow yourself to be down about it. Instead, make the most of the situation by considering how it could have been handled differently and vowing to try it that way next time. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised, in addition to being more upbeat!
- Put your all into practice. You may feel like the only performance that matters is what you do the day of meet, but realize how you approach practice makes all the difference. Maximize your use of time in the gym, and you’ll be happy with the improvements you’ll see. Even if you don’t compete, it’s a good idea to always give it your all in order to start that trend in every aspect of your life.
- Find a good balance. No, we’re not talking about the balance beam! We’re referring to all that you have going on in life. From practice to competitions to school to friends, there’s no doubt that you are busy. Don’t rely on Mum and Dad to keep it all together for you. Make a schedule of your own and discuss it with your family so that you can find balance and have it all.
- Take care of yourself. Like we said, you’re always on the go. This means you’ll need to take good care of yourself to ensure you’ve got the energy to do it all. Get at least eight hours of sleep per night, and eat as healthy as possible to be in tip top shape for meet season or life in general.
- Listen to your Parents and Coaches. Believe it or not, your coaches and parents know what they’re talking about. Your coaches watch you practice and perform day in and out, so if they make a suggestion, try it. On the other hand, your parents have a pretty good idea what’s best for you outside the gym to help you find success in other areas of life, so give them attention too.
- Support your teammates. When you think your struggle is all too real, remember that your teammates are facing the same exact or very similar challenges. Be especially kind when someone is down and find support in knowing you’re in it together.
- Do what makes you happy. If you’re putting in huge hours for training make sure you take time out to do something you enjoy. Sure, you may not feel like you have a spare minute, but know that you need to do whatever it is that makes you most happy.
- Remember to smile. The stress of a new gymnastics move or in competition can cause you to forget one truly important thing – your smile. It’s especially crucial at meets, when your contagious smile can move the crowd to cheer and even bring in additional points from your judges. So make it a point to smile whenever possible, and it’ll come naturally when it’s needed most.
- Be confident. Being confident is important because your attitude alone plays a huge role in how you’ll perform at practice or in competition. If you’re working hard to be your best gymnast, you should find confidence in that simple fact. Believe us when we say you deserve it.
- Challenge yourself. Maybe you want to improve your scores over last year; maybe you want to go for gold; or maybe you just want to pull off that back handspring at the gym. No matter where you are in your gymnastics career or hobby, challenge yourself to be better.
20 Reasons your Preschooler should do Gymnastics
(That have Nothing to do with Learning Gymnastics)
What if Johnny never learns a cartwheel? Or how about if Janie never masters holding a handstand? Would there still be any value in putting your preschooler in a gymnastics class?
Yes, I say.
In addition to it being a lot of fun, here are twenty reasons your preschool aged child should do gymnastics that have nothing to do with learning gymnastics.
Harvard School of Education released their findings on their latest research project; and, they could have simply titled it “Why Your Kid Should do Gymnastics if You Want Them to Develop the Kind of Character That Helps Them Succeed at School.”
Hang in there girl, it will be hard…but you got this!
Gymnastics is hard. I know. But, I also know that is why you love it. The challenges gymnastics faces you with everyday in the gym are the reasons you show up to practice everyday. You “want” to get better. You “want” to make it to the next level. You “want” to be just like the “big girls” in the gym. But being successful in the sport of gymnastics takes a lot more than “wanting”.
Being successful in gymnastics takes a life consuming dedication to the sport. You may be having a hard day, week, or month in the gym right now but don’t give up on yourself or the sport that loves you just quite yet. You are a gymnast, that means you are currently training in one of the hardest sports in the world. You may not realize it right now, but this sport will teach you so many life lessons. You are a tenacious girl, with a fiery spirit who can out do all the boys in a pull-up contest on the playground any day. So here is my letter to you. Gymnast to gymnast, I know you can get through this…all you need is a little pep-talk.
It has been said life is equal parts what happens to us and how we process what happens to us.
I think that is very true in gymnastics. The attitudes and beliefs that a gymnast has about herself and the sport will inevitably shape how long she participates, or at least how happy she is while she is involved.