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Parents… Kids… School Supplies…

helicopter momParents, please stop complaining… Stop reading if you do not want the truth, LOL.
Don’t you remember when we went into school the first day and were told what supplies we NEEDED by the NEXT day? That’s how school was back then. We had to have very specific supplies by the second day.  That meant going to 2-3 stores sometimes. I remember going to Christie’s around the corner when I got home with my list. I always saw classmates shopping too. The store was a mad-house. And in about the 4th grade I went around the corner to that store alone with the list in my hand because my mom was working. She likely left the money on the dining room table for me. It was very crowded, but I was familiar with the store so I survived.
If our teachers demanded specific supplies, why can’t today’s teachers make kids accountable too? And now, it’s easier than ever, there are supplies lists online in advance. And there are office supply stores all over the place.
Just a general thought…
Parents might be less stressed if they gave their kids a little more responsibility like we all had growing up.
If parents let their KIDS be accountable for more each year, the kids may grow up to be responsible adults. Parents should let kids make mistakes and let them feel the consequences of bad decisions on occasion. Mistakes are often how people learn.
Helicopter parenting drives me nuts… Give your kids credit. They are smarter and more capable than you think. This comes from training kids for 40 years, studying child psychology, and growing up dyslexic and surviving with a B average in Catholic schools and college. Other than a math tutor for a short time in 3rd grade, no one helped me with homework.
It’s OK if you disagree. I’ve seen thousands of kids and the results. You may have only seen your 2 or 3 kids and a few relatives.  I was coaching at 12 years old through a YMCA Leadership program and delivered the newspaper in the mornings.  If I did all that, your kids CAN do what they should be doing regarding their school work, sports, and any other responsibilities you give them.
Good luck with the upcoming school year… And let your KIDS do their own stuff.
If you enjoyed this rant, you’ll love these two books for young girls…


web-sports-lessons-front-co“Sports Lessons Learned”  2015
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Stories of female athletes who learned life lessons through various sports.

 “Gymnastics Lessons Learned”  2013

Gymnastics Lessons Learned: Life Lessons through Gymnastics


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Stories of gymnasts who learned life lessons through gymnastics.

Let me know how I can help your athlete… I gladly do radio and tv interviews and book signings for schools, libraries, stores, and private groups.

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Handstand Drills and Conditioning

It’s the time of year when gymnastics coaches start to focus on Handstands
 
The Handstand is the most important skill in our sport and remaining tight is essential!
 
Gymnasts of all levels perform the handstand several times throughout their workout. While performing many skills in gymnastics, the gymnast must actually pass through the handstand or vertical phase safely and efficiently. Without a good handstand, a gymnast may have trouble building skills and therefore progressing through the sports many levels safely and efficiently.
 
Read or download the rest of the article, published in Technique Magazine:

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It IS Urgent… Train NOW for next gymnastics season…

Plan NOW for next gymnastics competition season.

 

web-trainingad-beam-2011You can avoid frustration and high risk of injury by planning ahead and allowing your gymnast enough time to prepare.

Work on the new skills, strength, speed, and endurance now so next competition season is really fun! That’s why we all love the sport isn’t it? Gymnastics should be fun, not extremely stressful.

A skill should be performed 1000 times before it is competed. (That was my rule when I coached teams and in my gym.) That’s about 4-6 months of 10-12 repetitions per day 5 days a week. Most gymnasts do not perform 200 repetitions of a new skill each week. And then they are not really prepared for their meet. That leads to worry, lack of focus, then high risk of injury.

Call me today to set up a workout for your gymnast! Give them the tools they need to compete safely.

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And FYI… I do not recruit gymnasts or tell them to leave their team coaches unless there is an abusive situation. I help them understand skills by offering drills, help with rehab from an injury, or offer sport-specific conditioning when there is a weakness.

One more note… Coaches who bring their gymnast to me so we can work together to help your gymnast get a generous discount. Coach is on the floor so we can discuss and coach together and one parent in the parent’s area for the workout.

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How to Increase Athlete Confidence…

How to Improve Athlete Confidence…

Someone asked how to build a gymnast’s confidence… The most common thing parents tell me after I work with their daughter is that their confidence has greatly increased.

Here’s my advice…
web-alexisbeamConfidence takes time to build. It happens after a series of successes and good days in the gym, school, or work. Confidence in an athlete/child is greatly affected by a coach, parent, or teacher. It is the adults along with those small successes often that help a child become more confident.

In sports lack of confidence can actually be a safety risk. lack of confidence can lead to worry, lack of focus, and even an accident. We should help our athletes build skills progressively and remind them of each success along the way. For the safest training possible, teach drills, build strength, teach skill progressions with perfect technique, then introduce the skill and build on that. Eventually the skill may be used in competition. Remind your athlete that they went through a long process to learnt hat skill and that is a great success. With each small feeling of success comes more confidence.

Remind your athlete often, possibly even daily, of all the progress she has made, the adjustments/corrections to skill technique she made, and how far she has come since she started the sport. We all started at the beginning, even coaches.

Give her a physical challenge (not extreme) daily and ask her if it was difficult. If she says yes, tell that she should feel good about getting through a difficult challenge and completing all the work. Remind her that many people cannot do all the work she has done that day and she should feel a real sense of accomplishment. Send her home with positive thoughts on her accomplishments and successes.

Increasing confidence is a process, but daily reminders of how hard she has worked, small successes often, and a reminders of her success work to improve an athlete’s confidence. As a coach it is important to help an athlete see how great they are. be the coach that boosts your athletes confidence. They will go through life happier, healthier, and remember your training forever.

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Legs Plus Mini-Workout, 5 minutes!

Legs Plus Mini-Workout… Try it!

Sample mini-workout to see the effects of Legs Plus. Do all three exercise and then do  all three again without rest.

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And please remember, what you eat will have a GREAT effect on your overall health and weight.

Stay healthy, stay happy, and have a wonderful New Year…

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Don’t Rush New Gymnastics Skills…

Learning a new gymnastics skill takes time, sometimes ALOT of time.
by Karen Goeller, CSCS

Web-CassGiantsArticlePicIt normally takes at least 6-12 months to get a skill. Unfortunately, some coaches and gymnasts think it should happen in a week. That is often impossible, depending upon the difficulty of the skill. Think about how long it took to learn a cartwheel. Gymnastics skills take coordination, strength, flexibility, speed, power, and the mental ability to think before and during the movement in order to complete it safely.

The science behind learning a new skill is more complicated than many realize. First the neurological system is involved. Literally the nervous system in the body is learning what it must do, learning the movement. That is why gymnastics drills for skills are necessary.  And that is why coaches often spot skills and literally shape the gymnasts during movement. The mind and nerves must learn the sequence of movements to perform the skill.

After the neurological system is on board, with practice, the muscular system eventually starts to become conditioned for the movement. More spotting may be needed from the coaches until the gymnast has the strength, speed, power, or flexibility to perform the skill efficiently.  Specific conditioning for the sport and drills for the skills are necessary.

Even after the neurological and muscular systems can perform their duties for the skill, the mind must be convinced that it is OK to try it. This psychological stage can be the longest. It is often when coaches and gymnasts become impatient with progress. Mental comfort with the skill is a big part of why repetition is necessary.  The mind must be convinced that the gymnast can perform the skill safely. And it is the phase where confidence is built. Without the confidence, there can be lack of focus and injury.

I had a rule in my gym that a skill must be performed one thousand times before it is competed. That was usually enough time to go through all three stages of learning the skill. In my gym it took an average of 6-7 months to perform 1000 repetitions of the skill, 6 days a week, minimum of ten repetitions each day.

And then after the skill is learned, it still must be performed in a routine. That again, changes the mindset and ability to perform the skill efficiently.  During routines the gymnast’s muscles and mind become tired and the skill once again becomes difficult. A gymnast must go through the three stages again for the routine. This time, muscle endurance becomes a factor in addition to the individual skill technique.

Sadly, some coaches and gymnasts do not realize the three steps it really takes to be able to perform a skill successfully and they rush to “get” the skill. This can cause unnecessary stress, fears, and often injuries. So be sure to condition specifically for the sport and skills, spend time doing drills, and take the small steps necessary (extra mats, spotting, low beams, etc). Go through the phases, plan for several months of training the skill, and successfully gain that skill. Take your time now, so it is not wasted later.

Let me know how I can help your gymnasts… I can come to your gym and help your gymnasts or you can send them to me for private training.

Karen Goeller, CSCS
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Energy Drinks are DANGEROUS, especially for kids!

I just saw someone post a photo of two little boys about 9-10 years old with energy drinks in their hands. That is NOT what children should be drinking!!!

Look at these 3 websites…

Anything synthetic, generally speaking, is dangerous,” he says. “Energy drinks are a perfect example of that.
https://health.clevelandclinic.org/…/why-energy-drinks-and…/

Although healthy people can tolerate caffeine in moderation, heavy caffeine consumption, such as drinking energy drinks, has been associated with serious consequences such as seizures, mania, stroke, and sudden death…http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/127/3/511

Thousands of kids have faced serious — and potentially deadly — side effects after consuming energy drinks, new research shows… serious side effects, such as seizures, irregular heart rhythms or dangerously high blood pressure, the researchers found.
http://www.livescience.com/48765-energy-drinks-side-effects…

What Attribute Does an Athlete Need Most?

Someone asked a question many of you may be thinking…

kids-playing-sports-collection-008What attribute if there is one alone is it that makes someone a winning athlete?
Here’s my answer…
Really it’s PASSION for the sport. Without that passion, it is impossible to work through the difficult times. But a talented, passionate athlete will only succeed in a good training program. Perseverance and goal setting are important too, but PASSION will drive the athlete all the way.
No passion = no goals + poor work ethic.

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Lymphedema: Sentenced to Life in Bed, but I Escaped

Lymphedema: Sentenced to Life in Bed, but I Escaped
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The reader will see how Karen Goeller went from being the bed-ridden patient to who she is today. This is Karen Goeller’s story, dealing with a cancer diagnosis at age 25 and the lymphedema for a lifetime. You will be inspired to push yourself to beat the odds, accept the challenge, and reach your goals. Karen Goeller has accomplished great success after the doctors told her that she would never work again. More than twenty years later Karen Goeller is living a full life, the life she was told she would never have. Karen Goeller wishes to help others dealing with lymphedema with her tips on exercise, resources, and other daily care recommendations. Readers will be inspired to push themselves to beat the odds, accept the challenge, and reach their goals.

To buy this book go to http://www.KarenGoeller.com.

Over 40 Articles for YOU

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