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Old 01-18-2007, 02:38 AM   #11
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I strongly believe that starting a kid early on gymnastics (and Olympic lifting) will make for a monstrous athlete later in life. (Maybe this should go in the things you can't prove thread...)

Great video.
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Old 01-18-2007, 06:20 AM   #12
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Makes sense...as I sucked at gymnastics as a kid and never learned about O'lifting till later in life....and I never had a pro career except in beer drinking.
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Old 01-18-2007, 07:32 AM   #13
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Allen,

A short version of this story. My wife started taking him to mommy and me when he was about 16 months old. My wife really liked the gym that she was going to with Jr. so we bought it. He has attended some kind of class pretty much ever since then. In October of last year we sold the gym to another gym in our local area. The gym we sold out to is where he is now on the competitive team.

1. How long has your son been doing it?
At some level for about 5 years

2. How many times does he practice per week?
Up until he was on the team he went for 1 hour a day 2 days a week. Now that he is on the team he goes for 3 hours a day 3 days a week. He has been on the team for 1 year. He was too young to compete until this season so I should say he was on pre-team for about 6 months and on team for 6 months.

3. Do you pay monthly at the place you go to? Or is it more like little league and you pay per "season"?
It is monthly.

4. How did you find the place you go to? I've looked in the area and found a couple but I have no idea how to go about finding out if it's a "good" place or not (talk to me about martial arts schools and I'd have a better idea, gymnastic places not so much).
It is exactly the same as a martial arts school. You need to go and watch the coaches and the students. You can tell a lot about the gym just from the vibe of the place. Gym parents love to talk so sit with some of the other parents and ask them what they like and what they don't like about the gym. Most gyms will give at least the first class for free. Some will do a week. For mens gymnastics the most important thing is that the kids are learning the fundamentals and having fun. It requires so much strength for many of the moves that a male gymnast has a much longer career than a female (I am not saying that female gymnatics don't require strength). In my opinion the most important thing is to make sure that your son is enjoying the classes, if he is he will stick with it.

Mike, I got one of those blue ribbons as a kid and now I am about to share one my deepest secrets with only you. In high school I was on a competitive cheerleading squad. After high school I promptly forgot all of my gymnastics training and went pro in beer drinking as well.
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Old 01-18-2007, 07:39 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the information Derek! I'll take a look at some places as soon as we get this pinewood derby thing knocked out, hurray for Boy scouts huh?
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:42 AM   #15
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That was AWESOME! keep the videos coming Derek!
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Old 01-19-2007, 05:32 PM   #16
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Man I remember the pinewood derby. My dad and I would work on that pine and make it into a speed racer. Of course my dad being a mechanical engineer his tolerance was a lot tighter than the other cars.

Robb I just found out that we have 6 more meets this year so I will keep the videos coming.

BTW excellent e-zine this month I really enjoyed the articles on grappling and the snatch.
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Old 01-29-2007, 05:53 PM   #17
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I don't even have sound, so if it had music I missed it, but it was still totally worth the watch. That is awesome and inspiring, though it makes me quite angry that I chose to give up gymnastics after only one season when I was 8! I hope he keeps it up, great stuff!
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Old 02-19-2007, 01:37 PM   #18
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I promised more videos and here is Jr's next meet.

This was a USAG meet and the judging was tighter than the AAU meet. Jr did good all around he just wasn't as tight on his form. A couple of things worth noting, he did two pull ups on the ring (optional), he did significantly better on the pommel horse, he almost made the press on the p-bars but ended up kicking in and his swings on p-bars were a lot higher this time in fact so much so that he rolled his landing from the momentum.

He placed in his age group in 3 events and ended up 8th overall. He also qualified for state and the team took 3rd place which beat their arch rivals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn4fPE6KmzI

After the last meet they started working on their skills development for their level 5 routines. I am pretty stoked because one of the skills is a muscle up. We have watched several videos and are going to start practicing this week. I don't have my muscle up yet so it gives me a great reason to focus on it.
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