Getting Serious

This category is a listing (by most recent) of gymnastics articles for those serious about gymnastics, or looking to get serious. If you are looking for introductory posts about gymnastics check out the Getting Started category, or the Having Fun category for light fun posts about the sport.

There’s no doubt that gymnastics is a beneficial sport that teaches children how to get stronger in their bodies but also develop the mental toughness skills to persevere when faced with a challenge. Gymnasts who are part of a competitive team also get the benefit of being able to bond with their teammates and feel… Read More →

  Recently we launched a new video series where we take a look behind-the-scenes of a competitive gymnast as she gets ready for her meet and then competes in her competition. One of the things we've found is that while most gymnasts do similar things to get ready for their meets, they all do it… Read More →

This time of year it’s common to hear the buzz word “self-love” floating around. February is basically synonymous with self-love, self-care, and any other word that describes forms of love either directed inward towards yourself or outward towards others. But the truth is, despite the hype this time of year, self-love is an important skill… Read More →

  Split leaps and jumps are fundamental dance elements and can add grace and beauty to your floor (and beam) routines. However, they can cause you to rack up a significant amount of deductions if done improperly. To help you, we've teamed up with a National Rated Gymnastics Judge to bring you 3 tips you… Read More →

Given the complexity of gymnastics scoring, it's not uncommon for gymnasts to receive scores that confuse them. Often we hear from our readers that they are perplexed by a score they received and need help understanding where they got deductions. To help you, we took 5 different beam routines from our readers and broke them… Read More →

Competition season is an important time for many gymnasts and can be filled with both excitement and anxiety. While these emotions are natural for the most part, they can lead to poor performance if not harnessed correctly. One of the best tools a gymnast can utilize before every meet to combat unchecked emotions and to… Read More →

It’s the season when we start purposefully thinking about all the things we’re thankful for. You might have family gatherings for the holidays and spend a few minutes before a meal being thankful for the food on your table or thankful for the family and friends you’re surrounded by. You might have school projects where… Read More →