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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…

Legs Plus was created by Karen Goeller, CSCS in 2007. Contact her for book signings, speaking engagements, spokesperson roles, consulting in sports and fitness, or training.

You are responsible for your own safety. Stop if you feel dizzy, nauseous, ill, or injured. Do not perform if you have a history of back pain. See more details and specific instructions in the book.

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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…

What 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
ISBN: 978-1-105-18750-6

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

Over 40 gymnastics, health, and fitness articles for you at http://www.gymnasticsstuff.com/GymnasticsArticles.htm

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