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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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School Lunches, Most are Gross!

appleIt is truly horrible… They just showed a NYC school lunch on tv… Not one fruit or vegetable. It’s so sad they will not make the lunches more healthy. And it probably would not cost any more than that crap.

Young kids DO like fruit and vegetables. I have seen kids share and enjoy healthy foods, including those kids whose parents claim their kid will not eat anything healthy. The parents are often shocked their child enjoyed something healthy.

It is a moment of sharing healthy foods between kids that can change some family’s eating habits for the better. Kids are often willing to try new foods they see their friends eating and enjoying. And they often enjoy that new food too! Unfortunately, it is the ADULTS that claim kids do not want to eat better simply because the adult does not enjoy healthy foods.

Please give your kids fruits and veggies at home every day, it will pay off in the long run.

Enjoy your fall season… And let me know how I can help your kids…

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Really? Personal Training for a 4 Year Old? NOPE!

Personal or Private Training is NOT Necessary for Young Children… And I WILL NOT Train a child that young!
I just had a parent of a 4 year old just call me for training… Really, 4 years old?!?!?!
Some of these parents are ridiculous. It is NOT necessary to do personal training for a child that young!!! And too much of anything is NOT good. It can lead to over-use injuries, fatigue, over-training, sports or play related accidents, joint laxity from too much stretching, and burn-out.
Extra training for a child that young can be downright dangerous!
I state on my websites that I will only train 10 years olds and up. Occasionally I will take a younger athlete if it involves conditioning for injury rehab.

Dear Helicopter Parents… Don’t Stress Out!

DEAR HELICOPTER PARENTS… DON’T STRESS OUT!!!

You DO NOT have to DO your child’s school projects and homework! You are not helping them learn or become independent by actually DOING THEIR assignments. Let them ask the teacher questions, do the research, and get their own grade. Their adult selves will thank you for it even though they are whining about it now.

I never in my life had help with a school project and only had help with math homework twice even though I struggled. I maintained a B average being dyslexic.

Kids CAN do what they are asked if parents allow them to try. Maybe steering them in the right direction on a project or thought process would be helpful, but to actually DO the project for the child is a disservice to that child. It produces kids who cannot think for themselves, are not accountable for their actions, cannot solve problems, and they will not learn the actual assignment.

YOU are not the student anymore, your CHILD is the student. The teacher may be looking for more interpretation, research abilities, and the thought process than for perfection. Projects are an opportunity to learn that some parents are taking away from their kids. Please don’t do it. Your child will survive doing their OWN work and becoming responsible just as many of us did growing up.

Celebrate when the project is done or celebrate when they get their OWN respectable grade for the project, but please DO NOT take the opportunity to learn away from them. Your child only goes through school once, help them make it the most useful years of their life by NOT doing their assignments. Unless you want to end up with Beavis and Butthead.

Best of luck. I can see that the job of a parent is enormous, draining, and difficult. I have tremendous respect for parents. I have worked with literally thousands of children over the past 30+ years and have studied child psychology. I am still in touch with many who I trained 20 hours a week for several years. I have seen the outcome over and over again with kids who get everything handed to them vs kids who are forced to learn for themselves and be independent. Try to think of it as raising an adult, not only comforting a child. And of course, reward great efforts in a memorable way.

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