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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.

Private Gymnastics Training / Lessons here,  www.bestgymnasticstraining.com

Private Sports performance training here,  www.bestsportsconditioning.com

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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Karen Goeller TV Interview

Karen Goeller on Late Night with Johnny P… https://youtu.be/kVqM2HJQN5Q

Have you seen this interview yet? It’s always fun to visit Johnny P!!! This was her second interview on this show. She talked about her books,  training,  acting career, and battle with cancer.

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Sports Lessons Learned: Life Lessons through Sports

Have you seen this yet?

Sports Lessons Learned: Life Lessons through Sports by Karen Goeller
http://a.co/bEzykqN

web-sports-lessons-front-coThis children’s book is a collection of stories about young female athletes who have learned valuable lessons through sports. Sports include gymnastics, cheerleading, tennis, golf, skiing, boxing, martial arts, swimming, diving, track, soccer, and dance. By reading these short stories your child will learn new lessons, change their attitude, or possibly redirect her sports career. The stories show the value of sports lessons beyond the fun, skills, and competitions. Your child will enjoy reading this book and sharing the stories with her friends. Nice gift for any female athlete, sports parent, or sports coach.

This is very similar to Gymnastics Lessons Learned. You do not need both books.

See all books by Karen Goeller at www.amazon.com/author/karengoeller.

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New Gymnastics Coloring Book!

coloring-book-goellerThe latest gymnastics book has arrived!
Gymnastics Coloring Book

Link to book on Amazon, https://amzn.com/1537574884

This Gymnastics Coloring Book is a beautiful gift for any young girl who loves gymnastics and coloring. The designs and quotes are unique and inspiring for the gymnast. The face and leotard have also been left blank so that each person coloring can create their own gymnastics art.

Gymnastics Lessons Learned: Life Lessons through Gymnastics

Gymnastics Lessons Learned: Life Lessons through Gymnastics

The Gymnastics Lessons Learned book has the same quotes and stories of gymnasts to go with the quotes. It shows how gymnasts have learned life lessons through gymnastics. Great gift for young gymnast!

All books by Karen Goeller,
www.amazon.com/author/karengoeller

Gymnastics, Sports, Fitness Books

Gymnastics, Sports, Fitness Books by Karen Goeller, CSCS

Books are great gifts for kids and adults!

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Gymnastics, Sports, Fitness Books

Gymnastics, Sports, Fitness Books by Karen Goeller, CSCS

Books are great gifts for kids and adults!

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How to Choose a Gymnastics Program

ad-bars-shapes-smallDoes your child want to do gymnastics? Be sure to visit three gyms and ask for a trial class at each BEFORE you hand over your credit card. Google the gym, the owners name, and the coaches names and see what comes up. Also google “gym name reviews”.

Speak to the parents of the preschoolers and the team parents so you have an idea of the philosophy, the temperament of the coaches, injuries, and the owner’s availability.If three or more gymnasts on the team have pain/injury in the same area of the body there may be something wrong with the training. All ankle or knee pain? Maybe too many hard landings or too much of a specific movement such as deep squat conditioning. Elbow pain, maybe too many rope climbs, hard surfaces, poor use of uneven use of bar straps, too many high impact skills regularly. Back pain, maybe poor technique with specific skills, incorrect landings, or too many fast-moving  back-bending skills.

Be sure to match the personality of your child with the gym you choose. If your child is only interested in a little fun each week, many gyms will satisfy that need. If your child wants to be a competitive gymnast then choose a gym that already has a good track record of high level competition.

And be sure the owner is at the gym often. Why do you need to know if it’s an absentee owner? Because when things go wrong, become unsafe, or you are not getting what you are paying for you will want a conversation with the owner.

Go with your gut instinct when you walk in the door, but also do your homework. Let me know if you need help choosing a gym.

I offer private training for competitive gymnasts ages 10 and up, www.BestGymnasticsTraining.com.

And check out the book, Gymnastics Lessons Learned:Life Lessons through Gymnastics. It is a great gift for 6-10 year old girls. The Gymnastics Journal is also very popular. It is for competitive gymnasts.

Become an Olympian?

And here come the calls… from parents who want their kids to be an Olympian… Yes, everyone wants their kid to succeed, but please start with smaller, reachable goals first so your child feels success as they are growing and learning. I turn down 80% of the people who call me for training… I only train competitive athletes. And I only train athletes with reasonable short and long term goals.

Going to the Olympics is a great goal, but only 5-7 gymnasts go every 4 years. In 2020 it will only be 4 gymnasts and maybe an alternate or two. It is easier to become a doctor or lawyer than an Olympic Gymnast. I do have a client who is on the elite level and can reasonably be an Olympian at the next Olympics, if she remains healthy, happy, and continues to train seriously.

There are MANY factors that go into becoming an Olympian besides the daily training including sleep, nutrition, hydration, parents able to help with encouragement, finances, and getting the athlete to training and competitions.

Most importantly, an athlete must have a real passion for the sport. It is incredibly difficult to train more than 30 hours a week for many years throughout childhood and teen years. And keep in mind that the family also makes that commitment. So yes, some gymnasts do get to the Olympics, but be ready for a HUGE, LONG TERM, EXPENSIVE commitment. And enjoy every moment along the way!

I also train swimmers, boxers, dancers, cheerleaders, and other athletes.

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