Gymnastics 20 Questions!

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We’ve all asked “How was practice tonight?” on the car ride home from the gym. The problem with “how was practice” day in and day out is that it eventually loses it excitement and leaves us with the all-too-familiar “fine”,”ok” or “fun”. Regardless if you drop off or stay and watch you still want to know more than “it was fine”

Here is a fun 20 question game you can play with your gymnast on the way home from practice!

Gymnastics 20 Questions Game:

  1. Are you happy you are a gymnast?
  2. Did you have fun?
  3. How hard did you work?
  4. What was your favorite thing about Beam?
  5. What was your favorite thing about Bars?
  6. What was your favorite thing about Vault?
  7. What was your favorite thing about Floor?
  8. Did something funny happen at practice?
  9. What was the coolest thing you saw at practice?
  10. Were you proud of yourself at practice? Why?
  11. What was something your coach told you?
  12. Did you get any compliments at practice?
  13. Did you tell someone they did a good job?
  14. What skill are you most proud of?
  15. What skill do you need to work on the most?
  16. How did you feel after practice?
  17. What will you do differently at your next practice?
  18. What’s one word to describe practice?
  19. Does Gymnastics bring you joy and make you happy?
  20. Are you going to dream about gymnastics tonight?

I don’t know about you but I love conversation with my littles and this is 20 questions is a perfect way to stay connected and engaged with them! This can be adapted to any sport or activity your kids do!

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Courage to Soar {Book Review}

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We all watched as Simone Biles dazzled us in Rio this summer. With her adorable spunky personality how could you not love her! Actually because of her and my daughter {age six} fell in love with gymnastics and started in September after the Rio Olympics. Seeing Simone’s determination helped my daughter work hard and always try new things, and in less than two months she was advanced to pre-competitive team!! I know that my daughter is not the only one 🙂

Back to this summer, as you watched Simone did you ever wonder how she got there? Did you ever wonder when you would hear the little news blurbs talk about how she was adopted or how it’s been a hard road? I know I did so when I was given the opportunity to get my hands on her book Courage to Soar I absolutely jumped at the opportunity (my daughter was just as excited as I was.)
In the book the Courage to Soar Simone shares about her very early life, early memories and the trials that this little tiny girl and her siblings went through…have a few tissues on hand. It’s not just about her early life but her life from then up until, well now! My daughter LOVED the section of the book that was full of pictures of Simone from little girl to now!

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Courage to Soar is all about encouragement and that is exactly what it does! I love that it shows how Simone went from a very difficult beginning to being the star that we all saw at the 2016 Rio Olympic games.

It’s such a wonderful book. I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially those of you like us who adore Simone. If you have gymnast this is a book that she will absolutely love.

If you do have a gymnast who loves Simone I recommend check out her signature leotards at GK Elite!

*Although BookLook Bloggers did send me this book I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own.

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What we are Loving | Tumbl Trak | Part I

Tumbl Trak: Do It Again

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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.

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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!}

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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:
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  • Handstands
  • Splits
  • Front Rolls
  • Back Rolls
  • Back walkovers
  • Front handsprings
Gabbi’s favorite folded skills:
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  • 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 🙂

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 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!

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 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 

 Videos · Books · Posters | Used and Demo | Special Offers

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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.