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Missys Voice, a Book about Bullying

Now available through Amazon, Missy’s Voice… Expected to become available through other book retailers too.  https://amzn.to/37OAepR

web-missys-voice-coverMissy’s Voice is a children’s book about a young singer who is tormented daily by bullies. The torment stems from jealousy. from kids at school. Missy reaches her breaking point, but eventually learns that everyone is likable and valuable. The bullies in this book learn that bad behavior is not rewarded.

Author: Karen Goeller
Illustrator: Andrew J Rodney
Pages: 56
ISBN: 9781708526627

An Interview with author, Karen Goeller

Where did you get the idea for this story?
Karen responded with, “Well, it was inspired by my own experience of being tormented by kids in my school and even some of their friends in the neighborhood that did not go my school. You see, we actually started out as friends. They did gymnastics and I did ballet and tumbling. During a gym class at school I thought they were better at tumbling than me and found out where they go for classes. My Dad brought me to the YMCA and signed me up. That was my passion from day one. I progressed so rapidly that the girls in my class became jealous.  They soon stopped gymnastics, but made fun of my love for the sport. They would call me “Miss balance Beam” all the time. A few times they rang my doorbell and my Dad answered. When he answered I heard them say is Miss Balance beam there. My Dad laughed and closed the door on them.  They tormented me whenever they saw me. It happened without adults nearby so no adults actually witnessed this constant tormenting other than my Dad the day he answered the door.

Did you tell your parents or any teachers?
“Yes, but nothing was done. At the time, any adult I told advised me to ignore them. That did not work and I had to deal with this until I graduated from that school. I could not wait for that to end.”

So, I guess your friends were on your gymnastics team?
“Actually, no. I was also teased by teammates at gymnastics, especially when we traveled to meets.  A few teased me because I still looked like a child at 12 years old while they looked like adults. Calling me flat as a board was one of the phrases they said all the time. One teammate even told me she hated me because she was jealous of me. She said she was anorexic and hated that I was so skinny and some of my skills were better than hers. I actually did not hate her and continued to be nice because she said it nicely to me and it was a one-time thing. Some time after that she said she could not believe that I was still nice to her after she told me that she hated me. So no, I really did not have close friends at gymnastics.”

Did you tell the coach?
“Adults said to ignore them whenever they witnessed or I told them about the constant teasing and tormenting. So whenever I was at school or gymnastics there were people teasing and tormenting.

That sounds like a pretty difficult time in your life.
“Yes, it was hard to be teased and tormented on a daily basis. There was no escape from this daily teasing.

So, how or when did it stop?
“It stopped when I left that school and left the gym. I do not know how long it would have continued if I had to continue seeing these kids as I got older. It kind of did not stop because I was bullied in high school too, but the teacher and principal put an end to it as soon as they found out. That also stemmed from me doing gymnastics and likely jealousy. They knew me from camp. It was pretty interesting how that ended. One day they would not let me in the locker room after gym class. I finally pushed the door really hard and one of them fell into the sink. They told a teacher about me pushing the door open. When I was approached by the teacher I told them the whole story. The next day I was told that if they even look at me wrong they will be suspended. I hated that high school, but do give them credit for putting a stop to it as soon as they found out. So the answer to when did it end is really my second year in high school. And they graduated at the end of that year.”

How did it feel?
“It hurt and there was no adult when it first started who thought it should be stopped. I don’t think the adults realized that I had no escape. It was everywhere. I was little and shy so I guess I may have been a good target.”

What do you want people to get out of this book?
“I really wish people were more kind. You do not know what else is happening in someone’s life. “What you think is a little stress or no big deal may actually be someone’s breaking point.”

So, did you draw the pictures in this book?
“No. I do not have that talent. I hired an artist I know through the film industry, Andrew Rodney. I’ve respected his talent for years and knew he would be creative with these illustrations. I was thrilled to see how he translated my words into these pictures. He was really easy to work with too.”

Any other books in the future?
“No other books planned, but I did write this story as a script for a short film and am currently working on the feature-length film version. I’d love to connect with a producer who would like to take this project on.”

So, you seem to have written so many books. Is writing your passion?
“Actually, no. I really enjoy sharing knowledge and my thoughts, but my passions are training my athletes and going to ballroom.  I competed in ballroom and had a blast. I’ll continue to write, but I really love being in the gym and in the ballroom.”

Karen has led an interesting life to this point. We look forward to seeing the popularity of this book grow and what the future holds.

To see all of Karen’s published books go to www.amazon.com/author/karengoeller. She has over 20 published books and countless articles and training programs in circulation. To read her full bio go to www.KarenGoeller.com.

Training for a 4 Year Old? Seriously?!?!?

Last night I got a call from a parent looking for private training for a four-year-old. Seriously? Private training for a FOUR-year-old?!?

It’s ridiculous & the EXACT reason for so many overuse injuries in kids. The consequences of overtraining can be devastating. Please look at my previous post, listen to the podcast, and watch the youtube video on the link I provide.

Evidently, she did not see my previous post or my posts on any social media before she called. No, I will NOT do a private training session with a four-year-old child. I train competitive athletes with serious goals.

More info at www.BestSportsConditioning.com  and www.BestGymnasticsTraining.com  

Lessons Learned Books, Nice Gifts for Girls

www.amazon.com/author/karengoeller

Have you seen Gymnastics Lessons Learned and Sports Lessons Learned?

 

Some short stories teach the child that hard work pays off while other stories teach the child the consequences of not working hard. Sports are more than just skill technique. Sports teach life lessons and these books tell the story of some young athletes. Similar stories in both books, no need to buy both for the same child.

Both teach young girls valuable life lessons through sports. They are nice gifts for young girls ages 5-12.

Get them on Amazon, www.amazon.com/author/karengoeller.

Dehydration

Have you seen my dehydration article? Dehydration, it WILL Happen…
https://karengoeller.wordpress.com/2010/07/14/dehydration-it-will-happen/

#dehydration #hydration #drinkwater #health #diet #sports #fitness #outrdoors #summer #training

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.

#sports #gymnastics #gymnasts #privatelessons #privatetraining #training #nj #gymnasticsdrills #coachinggymnastics #gymnasticsparent #gymnasticsstrength #strength #gymnasticsconditioning #gymnasticstraining 

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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Many gymnastics and cheerleading coaches do not know the science behind flexibility… It’s sad.

My reaction to this situation… http://www.ketv.com/article/local-cheer-gyms-react-to-colorado-cheerleading-video/12092617

So sad… Many gymnastics and cheerleading coaches need more education on flexibility and conditioning…

web-flexibilityI’ve seen a horrible gymnastics coach do this too. She was fired from one gym, but she is coaching gymnastics again in another gym. It IS ABUSE. If your child’s coach is manually stretching them to the point of tears remove them from that team immediately. There are plenty of good coaches to train with in this country. Your child does not need this physical damage or emotional trauma in their lives!

There IS a way to increase flexibility drastically without all of that pain and trauma. It is not always the muscle group that is tight. It is often the neurological system that will not allow more range of motion. It is literally locking up.

There are safe, effective ways to manually stretch to increase flexibility. I have done it countless times while keeping my athletes happy and healthy. If your daughter or her teammates need more flexibility I am happy to help them become more flexible without torturing them.

The gymnastics and cheer worlds need more people with the CSCS certification involved for conditioning. (Search online for NSCA CSCS to see what it is.)  I am the ONLY CSCS in NJ with 30+ years of high level/competitive gymnastics experience. Yes, there are MANY wonderful coaches in NJ that I greatly admire and respect, but none with the sports science background. Let me know how I can help your daughter and her teammates,  www.bestgymnasticstraining.com

And if your team needs help, https://karengoeller.wordpress.com/2017/09/13/gymnastics-consultant-and-strength-coach-in-nj

#gymnastics #cheerleading #flexibility #stretching #sports #nj #training 

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.

#sports #children #kids #books #gifts #lessons

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…

Gymnastics, Sports, Fitness Books

Gymnastics, Sports, Fitness Books by Karen Goeller, CSCS

Books are great gifts for kids and adults!

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