April 27, 2016
Simone debuted her new floor routine at the 2016 Pacific Rim Championships. When I heard she was getting a new floor, I was looking forward to it because although Team Simone does a good job at putting together floor routines, there were a couple of things about her last routine that I really hated. The stupid “oh” sound effect and the strange ass ending pose. Apparently, she feels the exact opposite because those two things have been put into this new routine too. I should have seen the ending pose coming because it was also used in her floor routine from 2014.
Simone is one of the latest “power” gymnasts from the US who also has a good track record for putting together nicely choreographed routines. I wouldn’t give her anything less than a B for all her routines going back to 2010. Actually, I’ll have to give her extra credit for basically having a new floor routine every year. With other gymnasts, if you don’t like their routine, you’re stuck looking at it for three or four years. So we’ll say B+.
April 27, 2016
A video from the Economist about Chinese gymnastics training. It focuses on trampoline.
April 8, 2016
espnW and Marvel teamed up to create super hero drawings of 25 influential women in sports. Simone Biles is one of the 25 and she’s wearing a really great leo.
March 15, 2016
You can tell from the trailer that it’s going to be on the raunchy side. It actually has an R rating – so apparently, they go even deeper into raunchy territory than you might expect.
And here’s a 20 minute Q&A from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
March 10, 2016
I just watched a documentary about Chinese Gymnastics school. If you throw out the parts with the guy kicking the kid and the part with the other guy threatening to beat them with a cane, I’d have to say the next worst part was at the very end when a coach says a seven year old won’t be world champion because supposedly she is already too big. This girl just started training. If you know she’s too big, stop taking her parents’ money and send her home. Ditto for the poor kid with curved arms. Six years training, and his parents spending money on that training, and his career was doomed from the start because of his arms. Terrible.
March 9, 2016
A short clip about Dipa Karmakar. BBC news does not seem too impressed with her landing on the produnova. They shot it in such a way that you can’t even see it.
February 28, 2016
I haven’t watched rhythmic gymnastics in awhile. Recently, I watched a documentary about Russian rhythmic gymnastics training. Alina Kabayeva was in the video and she mentioned that the FIG has been cutting the required elements more and more. This doesn’t sit well with Alina but I thought it might be interesting to see. I used to like Rhythmic but when they started having to do all those elements, it got really boring. I thought if the rules had changed maybe the sport was back to being more like the old rhythmic.
So I’ve watched a lot of rhythmic in the last few days. I wouldn’t say the sport is back to being like it was but one thing that has changed is the outfits. Some of the athletes are now wearing things that stick out of the leotards. Like the feathers in Margarita’s leotard. She also has another one with little butterflies or something on it. I saw some with pleats, rouging, and fabric flowers. These things must cost an arm and a leg.
February 3, 2016
Some gyms are getting into the Ninja business due to the popularity of the tv show, “American Ninja Warrior.” USAIGC sees it as a way to get boys into the gym.
As soon as he saw the show, where adult men and women compete to conquer elaborate obstacle courses, Mr. Spadaro said he instantly thought about the possibility of drawing boys back to gymnastics. The USAIGC, which represents 175 gymnastics clubs nationwide, has formed a “Warrior Committee” to puzzle out the details of developing the sport. Their first meeting, in State College in October, tackled issues such as competition structure, instructor training and officiating.
I have to wonder how long it will be before USAG come up with it’s own “Ninja” program. Seriously, it seems like anytime USAIGC starts doing something new, USAG makes sure to copy it!
February 3, 2016
A crossfit and adult gymnastics club was started up in September 2006 which used the facilities that belonged to a city run gymnastics program. They got kicked out and were homeless and training outside for 9 months before finally finding a small space to train in. It was FIVE HUNDRED SQUARE FEET!!! True, they put out mats and tumbled outside but still! That is the tiniest gym I’ve ever heard of.
After 9 months of searching, all while continuing to train a dedicated group of people who were apparently going to follow anywhere, a small warehouse with a sufficient ceiling was found. The owner of 400 Tamal Plaza in Corte Madera reluctantly agreed to allow the use of the a studio’s 500 square foot storage room as a fitness facility. This occurred in September of 2008.
This 500 square feet now had to house a CrossFit program, gymnastics program and parkour program. Parallel bars, a pommel horse and a squat rack were crammed into the space. A small area was left open for lifting and the outdoors is always available. If you know the program now, picture this. An adult gymnastics class with 8 individuals and a CrossFit class with 8 individuals all training in the space under the mezannene (sic) that houses Roger’s office. Panel mats were laid out in the parking lot for tumbling, at night, in the winter, with no building lighting. Training was done by the light of a small construction lamp that Andres happened to have. In spite of the ridiculous situation the program continued to grow. After a few months of talks the program was allowed to expand into the smaller of two studios in the building. The gym now encompassed about 2,300 square feet, but was not allowed to do any remodeling. This is how 2009 began.
The gym continued to expand over time and was 11,500 square feet as of 2013. Many clubs start small and get bigger. I’ve heard of clubs starting in someone else’s gym, then moving to their own. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of a club having to be run out of a 500 square foot space.
It just goes to show, just like with any other business, it doesn’t necessarily take a lot of money to start a gymnastics club. Yeah, a lot of coaches wish they could build a huge club from the ground up and many do. However, starting with a smaller space and growing bigger is also a tried and true method of starting a gym.
February 1, 2016
Go Red Raiders! Their meets are on youtube.