Garland Activewear {gymnastics leotards}

Custom made Gymnastic Leotards in St Augustine, Florida


Who doesn’t love leotards {especially gymnastic leotards} I love that they have the ability to radiate a personality 100%! Such is the case with my Gabbi and her Under the Sea Mesh Back Leotard from Garland Activewear!

This stunning leo is the embodiment of my little girl, sparkly and bold with a whole lot of Mermaid sprinkled in!


I am THRILLED to be collaborating with Garland Activewear. I cannot wait to tell you all about the Leotards and people who make Garland Activewear!

It seems like everywhere we go we check the leotard rack {because you can’t have too many right} so Gabbi has a pretty good size collection from pretty expensive to very inexpensive and I’ve learned that not all leos are created equal so I honestly had no idea what to expect from Garland Activewear {since this was our first leotard from them} When Gabbi’s Under the Sea leotard arrived it was packaged so nicely and secure, the leo and matching scrunchie were neatly folded and placed in a clear plastic protective with a card to both Gabbi and me {the card was NOT a printed form card…it was hand written to us! AMAZING right!} When I took the Leotard out of the bag and felt the impeccable quality, I turned and told my husband “from now on the is our go to brand!” I’m not just saying that I was and still am serious!

Take a look at this beautiful leotard!


My husband was equally impressed with the quality but as a Business Quality Analyst for the past 15 years the personalize card stood out more than anything to him and made us feel like Garland Activewear is a company we WANT to buy from!

And Gabbi…oh Gabbi! She gasped when she saw it and squealed the entire time she was getting it on! She looked at her self in the mirror and about lost it when she saw the mesh back because she loved it so much. She immediately asked if she could wear it…to the store, to play basketball with her brothers, skateboarding, in the sprinklers, to grandmas and to bed {yes that was all in the same breath and I’m sure I missed a few things!} Needless to say she was in love!


The leotard fits her sleek which is exactly how she likes it. She can jump, roll and flip all around and it stays perfectly in place. You may think “duh of course it stays in place” but that isn’t always the case. Gabbi is very slim {she will be 7 in just a few weeks and wears 3t comfortably…she’s too tall for 3t but the waist fits perfect} Often she gets the “gymnastics wedgie” and a 6 she is not subtle about it 🙂 With her Garland Activewear leo it doesn’t happen because of the perfect cut. She can also wear regular panties with it, which if you are familiar with leotards then you know this is not always the case. She is comfortable wearing this leotard without shorts over it and both her daddy and I are too. Garland leos have wider crotches, and as a mother this is something that is very important to me, I want to make sure my daughter is covered and protected. She has a leo that has an extremely narrow crotch and she does not wear it outside the home and she prefers to wear shorts over it even in our own home. Although the crotch is wide it does not make red pressure marks in her thighs at all…I think Garland Activewear just has the magic sizing!


The mesh back is comfortable and not scratchy. This was something I was a little worried about as Gabbi is EXTREMELY picky about fabrics, but she said it is very soft and “cozy”! As I mentioned above the quality is impeccable, there is the perfect amount of stretch and the stitching is beautiful. All the seams are sewn perfectly, this stood out to me because recently we purchased a fairly expensive leo for her and I was really disappointed in the bunchy stitching, it almost seemed like a 2nd quality, this is NOT the case with Garland Activewear!

GAW2The Scrunchie…I can’t forget that! It is made from the exact some material as the main part of her Under the Sea leo and has the perfect amount of stretch so it can be worn over a large bun or wrapped multiple time around a ponytail!

The best part! The beautiful Under the Sea Leotard with matching Scrunchie is $35.50

{Garland leos range from $27.50-$37.50 – they also do custom orders!}

Sizing: When purchasing from Garland Activewear I would recommend ordering your child’s clothing size for a sleek fit or one size bigger for a “room to grow” fit. This is my personal thoughts, if you have questions about sizing I would suggest getting in touch with Garland Customer service, I know they can help!

I have yet to wash it, I do hand wash and lay flat to dry all her leos {many have sparkles} but I see no reason for it to not wash and dry beautifully!



Customer Service: The people at Garland are so friendly with great communication! Big shout out to Abbie and all her hard work. She is so sweet and extremely prompt in her responses!

The Pricing: As I mentioned above Garland has great quality couple that with great pricing and you have a match made in heaven! The quality is that of leotards that range from $70+!

The Website: Garland Activewear has a very easy to use website {this is not always the case} it’s easy to navigate and it’s always very easy to make quick order.

I think it goes without saying that we TRULY love this company and couldn’t be more happy with our Garland leos! They have new Ombre Leotards that we LOVE!

*Repost from 9/2016

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I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Abbie and Garland Activewear for sending the beautiful Leotard!!

*Although Garland Activewear did send me these products to review I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are ©The Life in Bloom & Garland Activewear

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What We are Loving | Tumbl Trak | Part III | Q&A

Tumbl Trak: Do It Again

Thank you so much for all the great questions! I’m so excited to get to answer them! Here we go in no particular order!

Q: What Size is Gabbi’s mat? {Hazel}

A: Gabbi has a 4×10 Tumbling Mat in Bright Pastel

Q: We live in a smaller apartment, would this really be a good option?  {Carrie}

A: The Tumbl Trak Tumbling mat comes in multiple lengths including: 6ft, 8ft and 10ft. Folded up the mat is 4ft x 2ft {thickness depends on the length of the mat} I would highly recommend {and did to Carrie} the 6ft length mat it fits perfectly in most living spaces including bedrooms.

Update: Carrie did order a 6ft mat and couldn’t be more thrilled! “I wasn’t sure how it would fit but after Britni’s encouraging I got the 6ft for my daughters. It is perfect, it fits in our apartment living room. We don’t have a lot of closet space so I just lean it up in the girls room at night because I know they will get it back out first thing in the morning! We are so happy with this mat and the 6ft length is perfect!  I now recommend the Tumbl Trak all my friends.” 

Q:  I just got my son a 8ft Tumbl Trak mat…Where do you store your mat? {Shannon}

A: Tumbl Trak mats are easily storable we store ours {folded} in the coat closet, at the foot of a bed or simply leaned on a wall. My kids love folding up the mat a pushing it up again the wall and using it at a couch. Folded up the mat is 4ft x 2ft {thickness depends on the size of the mat} We rarely “put it away” because it is almost never not being used.

Q: Your daughter is very small will the Skill Builder set work for my 13 and 15 year olds? {S.Miller}

A: Absolutely! They are perfect for any age/size/level!

Q: How do you clean your mat if it gets dirty? {Ruby}

A: I simply use hot water and a rag or a clorox wipe.

Q: I want the set for Christmas, but I’m a little scared of the Open Shoulder thingy. Has you daughter gotten hurt or poked by one of the ends if she doesn’t do her skill correctly? {Ellie}

A: Gabbi has never gotten hurt or poked. She was a little nervous at first but quickly realized it was totally fine! Don’t worry, I think you will love it!

Q:  Your mat is big, do you feel like it is awkward to move around? {Sharon}

A: Not at all! It is big but Gabbi moves it around by herself daily.

Q: What sizes do the Tumbling Mats come in? {Jenna Anne}

A: The Tumbling mats are all 4ft wide and come in either 1-3/8″ or 2″ thickness, and come in three lengths 6ft, 8ft and 10ft

Example: 4ft x 6ft x 1-3/8in

Q: I noticed that you used the mat outside, did the bottom layer of vinyl get damaged? {Michelle}

A: No damage at all! It got a little dirty but it wiped off easily!

Q: Are the mats heavy? My sister and I just ordered 2!! We cannot wait 🙂 {K & K}

A: I don’t think they are heavy at all! YAY! You will love them!

Q: How often is your mat used…really? {Bentley}

A: ALL.THE.TIME! Seriously, Gabbi uses this mat continuously throughout the day. Our sons like to use it for Tae Kwon Do…if their sister allows it. It has more than payed for it self.

Q: The sliders look really slick, how do you slow them down to prevent injury? {Judith}

A: Having a chair or mat in front has been a great help for me personally, the first time I tried them I went down fast, but the chair does the trick!

Q: Does the Open Shoulder come in sizes or is it one size fits all or most? {anonymous}

A: There is only the one size in the set, but it comfortably fits Gabbi, both her brothers and her dad and me!

Q: Do you feel like this mat is enough or do you feel like you still need more? I’m a single mom and don’t want to save and buy only to discover “well you need this too” I’ve been down that road and completely cannot afford it. {Lauren}

A: I honestly feel you could get the 6ft,8ft or 10ft and totally feel complete! I haven’t felt like Gabbi needed more mats at all! I hope that answers your question!

Q: My 3yo daughter just started gymnastics and I’m not sure if she is going to stick with it. Do you have another recommendation for more a starter mat? {Deb}

A: I love the Cartwheel/Beam mat, I think that would be a perfect option for you!

Q: Are affiliated with Tumbl Trak as a sells rep? {Anonymous}

A: No I’m not. I am simply a mom who loves their products and was given the amazing opportunity to partner with them.

Q: Not a question but I wanted you to know that I have been searching for a mat for my twin daughters who recently started gymnastics. I was so happy to find your blog not only because you have twins too but because of how in depth your reviews are! I just ordered a 4×8 tumbling mat and the handstand homework for my girls for their birthday! Thank you so much for your reviews! {Danielle}

A: Thank you so much Danielle! I know they will love it!

*All questions are based on my opinions and personal thoughts.

Did you miss Part I & II?

Read Tumbl Trak Part I (Tumbling Mat) here!

Read Tumbl Trak Part II (Skill Builder Package) here!

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What We are Loving | Tumbl Trak | Part II

Tumbl Trak: Do It Again

Yesterday I shared about the Tumbl Trak Tumbling mat {you can read all about that HERE} Today we are going to talk all about the Tumbl Trak Skill Builder Set! This set is AMAZING! It includes a pair of Sticky Toes, a set of Sliders and a Open Shoulder Trainer!

Sticky Toes


These are by far Gabbi’s MOST favorite piece of gymnastic gear…seriously she LOVES them so much and thinks they’re amazing and I have to agree!

st2Sticky toes are two wide elastic bands with velcro on each one so they stick together and pull apart easily. They are very easy to put on, you simply wrap the elastic around the ball of your foot with the velcro on the inside. The red on has a R and the yellow has a L. Gabbi says “Red for right, Lemon for left” I think that would be a really easy way for little ones to remember which side they go on.

What makes Sticky Toes so great is that you can hear and feel when your feet come apart from a together position, and you can feel your feet come together, the velcro acts as glue.

Sticky Toes are great for all levels,

If you are or have a beginner gymnast who has a tough time getting their feet together for a handstand, sticky toes will become an instant best friend, they were for Gabbi. She was able get a perfect handstand so quickly {within a handful of tries} after getting her sticky toes. Why did the Sticky Toes help? Because they will not stick together because if you don’t get all the way up, your feet will not touch, enter Sticky Toes!  They have also be a must for round offs and backwards rolls, she has a habit of separation her feet during both they have really helped to correct that!

st1For higher levels, wearing sticky toes at the start of a skill will work wonders. Starting with your feet together, you will immediately hear when your feet come apart. These would be great for any gymnast who’s legs come apart halfway through their back handspring.

Sticky Toes are great for:

  • Handstands
  • Roundoffs
  • Backwards Rolls
  • Front Handsprings
  • Back Handsprings

and so much more!

In my personal opinion I think every single gymnast at every level should have a pair of Sticky Toes. In just a short amount of time Gabbi skills have greatly improved so much so that her coach asked if we had added an additional practice with another coach! Whoa now that is a HUGE compliment and a testament to how fantastic Sticky Toes are! We are really hoping our Academy will start carrying Sticky Toes in the pro shop.

Sticky Toes are perfect for any age/level gymnast and would make AWESOME stocking stuffer or a holiday gift!




These Tumbl Trak Slider are in the #2 place of Gabbis favorites! Sliders are very polished plastic on the bottom with a thick foam {foot pad} on the top. Sliders are perfect for any level. Sliders can be used for so many different things! Gabbi loves to use them to get a deeper split.

We have found them to be excellent for getting deeper stretches such as forward/side lunges and frog stretch.

Gabbi really likes using them to work on straddle cast handstands!


They also have helped Gabbi with smoother turns and help her kick her leg up for handstands! But, I think the most fun is Mountain climbers! She loves it!

The sliders work best on carpet and are very slick which Gabbi loves because she can quickly slip into her middle splits. If you are worried about this I would recommend having a folded mat, couch or chair in front of you/your child so you can catch yourself just in case they slide faster than you would like. They could scratch wooden floors, and in our opinion they are not smooth on concrete or tile floors. They are very sturdy however without steady pressure on the sliders your feet can move around.


Sliders are not only functional but they are so much fun, which it probably why FUNditioning was created!

Gabbi wants program SO bad!

Sliders have quickly become a must and we recommend them all the time!

Open Shoulder Trainer


The Open Shoulder trainer thick padding bar that has a curve in it so it fits around the neck and across each shoulder. You might be asking “why?” It wasn’t until it arrived that I saw the need for it!

The Open Shoulder trainer could be a little awkward or scary at first because it is large and some little ones might find it heavy {Gabbi does not think its heavy and weighs in at a whopping 31 lbs and 43 inches} Because of this potential awkwardness we would recommend getting used to it by doing a skill you are really good at or very comfortable with. Once you are used to it, you will see just how much of a must have it is!


Gabbi was able to see how much help and correction the Open Shoulder trainer was giving immediately! After using the very first time for a cartwheel she landed and said “That felt totally different” she thought she had great form then tried it with the trainer and realized she needed a little improvement. It has also helped Gabbi with:

  • Handstands
  • Roundoffs
  • Back Walkovers
  • Front Handspring

There are so many more skill the Open Shoulder trainer can help with too!

How many times have you heard a coach yell “Open those shoulders” or “Hey! keep those shoulders opened” After using the Open Shoulder Trainer it will help so much and those open shoulders with come completely naturally!

img_9892What I love it that it doesn’t allow Gabbi to drop her shoulders on skills like handstand and helps with proper head positioning during cartwheels, round offs and front and back walk overs!

The Open Shoulder Trainer is not limited to just the floor! The Open Shoulder Trainer can also be used to practice skill on the beam such as cartwheels and handstands!img_9900
For bar skill the Open Shoulder Trainer can help with proper head positioning during moves that go through and handstand. There are many other gymnastic skills that require open shoulders and the Open Shoulder Trainer can absolutely be used for those as well!

A few things to note: The Open Shoulder Trainer helps keeps your arms up at the end of a skill, however,  it does not keep your elbows straight. Also your arms go behind the Open Shoulder Trainer bar not in front.

The best part of all? You get all three in the Skill Builder Package! I personally think every single gymnast no matter their level or age would love this set! This set would make an amazing Holiday gift!

Here’s a couple great videos from Tumbl Trak’s YouTube channel:

Want to see more? Visit Tumbl Trak’s YouTube channel for more!

Tumbl Trak is not just limited to Gymnastics! Just have a look!

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Gabbi would love to see how all three are being used by others!
Friday I will be posting a Q & A about the Tumbling mat and the skill builder set. I decided this would be a great idea since I already have had a bunch of questions from parents at NWGA. If you have any questions you’d like answered or something you are wondering about please email me!

Skill Builder Package | $45.50

Sticky Toes will help athletes perfect new skills much easier. Sticky Toes are designed to help the athlete realize when their feet are apart or together.

Sliders are a slippery oval disk that are used on carpeted floor and allow an athlete to move their body in a stationary space, or across the floor to work muscles. Whether working alone or in partners, these innovative exercises will help build strength, improve body shaping and increase flexibility.

The Open Shoulder Trainer is a light, padded device that fits around an athlete’s shoulder and neck in order to maintain open shoulders needed for skills that move through a handstand.

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I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Stacy and Tumbl Trak for sending Gabbi this equipment.

*Although Tumbl Trak did send me these to feature I was not compensated for this post or require to give a positive review.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. 

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Disclaimer: My husband and I want our kids to do what they want and what they love. Gabbi LOVES gymnastics! When I say she works for 2+ hours a day on her skills thats all her. At the ripe age of 7 Gabbi decided and told her coach that she would like to be a competitive gymnast. She knows she has to work hard to get there so she does. If she wants to work on skills all day thats great, if she wants to only during practice thats great too.

What we are Loving | Tumbl Trak | Part I

Tumbl Trak: Do It Again


If you have ever searched “gymnastics equipment” then chances are pretty good that Tumbl Trak was at the top of your search, but just in case you are unfamiliar with Tumbl Trak let me tell you all about this awesome company.

Beginning with an idea formulated at a presentation seen by founder, Doug Davis, at a National Gymnastics convention back in the early 1980’s, Tumbl Trak, the product and the company, was born. Influenced by coaches like Fred Roethlisberger (John’s dad) and Leonard Isaacs, Doug’s philosophy of progressions and a minimal spotting approach took root. This philosophy can only work with the right equipment and knowledge. So, Tumbl Trak went to work on developing both.

By 1988, the first version of the Tumbl Trak hit the market. Gymnasts and coaches alike welcomed the concept of a long tumbling surface with an open ended frame. Since then, Tumbl Trak has developed many accessories to the Tumbl Trak as well as many other types of training aids like the Air Trak, Air Floor, Sweet Spots, T-Trainer, Laser Beam and a new line of mats using “Smart Mat Technology” READ MORE

Gabbi {my mini gymnast} watched as our delivery guy awkwardly carried these boxes to our front door.


When she saw the Tumbl Trak logo on the box she FLIPPED! We ripped into the big box first {of course} She was beyond gitty when we pulled out her new Tumbling mat {in bright pastel} She immediately ran and put on her all time favorite Simone Biles leo…I mean if you are going to use new gymnastic equipment you have to do it in style! **The smaller box contained the Skill Builder Package {Keep an eye out tomorrow when I share all about it!}


Tumbl Trak Tumbling Mat:

img_9662Tumbling can be hard at first, and when you are just starting out its very easy to have too much force and land smack on your back. Gabbi has been there more than once, especially when she was first working on handstand balance. The Tumbl Trak tumbling mat is amazing at absorbing the impact so she can jump back up and do it again!
This mat has been wonderful for Gabbi’s confidence and determination. My husband and I often watch in amazement as she works so hard on her skills. There are some skills that take a lot of time and a lot of practice, especially handstands for her, she had a heck of a time finding her balance and many img_9645MANY many times she flipped right over on her back, but this girl gets right back up and tries again and again, I swear it’s all because of this mat…seriously, its ability to absorb impact and the fact that it is the same as the ones used at her gymnastics academy, makes her want to work harder! She has successfully taught herself how to do a front handspring last week, it’s not perfect but whoa she worked SO hard!  Honestly, it has been amazing to see this tiny little person and the determination in her eyes as she worked on it.
This tumbling mat so much more than just a “soft floor” did you know this tumbling mat can be used to help improve skills while both unfolded and folded!


Gabbi’s favorite unfolded skills:
  • Handstands
  • Splits
  • Front Rolls
  • Back Rolls
  • Back walkovers
  • Front handsprings
Gabbi’s favorite folded skills:
  • Stretching
  • Elevated splits
  • Strengthening
  • Backrolls – it has worked wonders for Gabbi’s backrolls.
  • Backbends
Gabbi LOVES to do floor routines {she makes them up based on Final Five!} This mat is big enough for her tiny frame to stay on the mat the whole time 🙂


 A few weeks ago she was working on backbends {they can be really scary at first} she was having a heck of a time, and I thought it would be so much easier if we had a wedge mat…LIGHTBULB! I angled the folded mat with one end resting on the floor and the other resting on the couch cushions, it made the prefect angle. She tried her backbend again {with me spotting of course} and she nailed it. With the mat at an angle she didn’t have to go as far back but was still able to get the feel of it. After a few times with me spotting she was ready to do it on her own….of course 🙂img_9655
This mat is a MUST have in our home! It motivates Gabbi to work hard and try new and harder things. More importantly this mat gives a safe place to practice, lessening the risk of injury that may occur without a mat. My husband and I love that Gabbi and her brothers can work on their gymnastics {and martial arts} skills safely.

3 Reasons you need a Tumbl Trak Tumbling Mat!

  • #1 Reduce the risk of injury: Not only are these tumbling mats thick and comfortable they are also grippy {not sticky…think more non slip vinyl} because of this there is virtually no chance of slipping and getting injured! When you buy a quality gymnastic mat such as this you are not only getting something fun and useful, but taking extra steps to keep your little ones safe! Now I call that a win win!
  • #2 Amazing versatility:  Tumbl Trak tumbling mat is more than just a pretty mat! Although yes, this is a very aesthetically pleasing mat and the colors are amazingly vivid its so much more. When it comes to gymnastics there is a very broad equipment range and a mat perfect for all including bars and beams, not only does the mat offer a “safety floor” but it helps protect the floor under it.
  • #3 It’s comfy & easy to move: As my daughter says “this is such a comfy mat” it really is! This mat is not only soft and cushiony but firm, making it really fun to use! This mat is very sturdy yet lightweight and very easy to fold and maneuver, Gabbi has no problem moving it where she wants, unfolding it, using it then folding back up and putting it away!

Gabbi uses her tumbling mat

 every. single. day! 

Please go check out Tumbl Trak and all their awesome products! What would you love to have for you (or your child’s) home gym?
Gabbi has a whole list…
  • Jr. Kip Bar in Purple {She LOVES the bar at her gymnastic academy and she would spend hours on them!
  • Brianna Beam Package {During the Olympics she watched wide-eyed and decided the bars and beam were her most favorites…yep they certainly are!}
  • Jr. Practice Mat {Gabbi has a friend with this mat and she loves it because it is extra thick and “helps me be braver”
  • Handstand Homework Package 3 {She got to try this out a friends and fell in love!}
  • Pit Pillow {She LOVES the on they use during practice and really wants one at home}
  • Gymnastics is My Life Package {This package is AWESOME and included literally everything your gymnast could ever need!}

Tumbl Trak is not just limited to Gymnastics! Just have a look!

Gymnastics | Cheer | Dance | Martial Arts | Special Needs 

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Do you already have this mat? Share your photos and video with us using #tliblovestumbltrak
 I know Gabbi would love to see how others use her fave mat!
Friday I will be posting a Q & A about the Tumbling mat and the skill builder set. I decided this would be a great idea since I already have had a bunch of questions from parents at NWGA. If you have any questions you’d like answered or something you are wondering about please email me.
Tumbling Mats | $152.00 – $282.00

“Why settle for an imitation mat when you can own a genuine Tumbl Trak mat – the same brand trusted by thousands of coaches and schools throughout the world?”

Tumblr Trak Tumbling Mats come in a wide assortment of colors:

  • Bright Pastel
  • Primary Rainbow
  • Royal Blue
  • Purple
  • Blueberry Explosion
  • Watermelon
  • Stars and Stripes
  • Flower Power

Each mat is easily transported and folds into easy-to-manage sections for storage at home or at the gym. Each mat offers 2ft wide folding panels in a variety of colors with Velcro on two ends.

Tumbl Trak Tumbling mats are a perfect addition to any home gym, with their ability to be folded and store pretty much anywhere this tumbling mat is perfect for all dwellings! Starting at $152. it fits in most budgets, which we love! I HIGHLY recommend the Tumbl Trak Tumbling Mat to anyone with an active child, whether it’s gymnastics, cheer, martial arts, etc.
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I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Stacy and Tumbl Trak for sending Gabbi this equipment.

*Although Tumbl Trak did send me these to feature I was not compensated for this post or require to give a positive review.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. 

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**You’ve been asking: Leo pictured is Gk Elite Nastia Lukin and is no longer available 😦 
Disclaimer: My husband and I want our kids to do what they want and what they love. Gabbi LOVES gymnastics! When I say she works for 2+ hours a day on her skills thats all her. At the ripe age of 7 Gabbi decided and told her coach that she would like to be a competitive gymnast. She knows she has to work hard to get there so she does. If she wants to work on skills all day thats great, if she wants to only during practice thats great too.