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If I Weren't A Gymnast...

If I Weren't A Gymnast...

Karen Psiaki

October 21, 2014, 5:27am

  Most gymnasts prefer to push the thought to the back of their minds, but the inevitable truth is there…. sooner or later, we all have to move on from our days in the chalk bucket and find new sports to keep us busy. For some, the choice is an easy, logical one, but others struggle to find that “next big thing” that will entertain them for years to come. If you’re in that boat right now or think you’ll find yourself there soon, then let us help you out in your quest! Here are some examples of sports for whi...

Aly Raisman Returns to National Team Training Camp

The next National Team Training Camp will take place this week, from October 23-27th at the Karolyi Ranch. Along with the 11 girls currently on the National Team, Aly Raisman is planning to attend, making it her first camp since before the Olympic Games in 2012. Aly will also be joined by Gabby Douglas, who delayed her return to competition after switching gyms earlier this year. Raisman’s performance at the Olympics was nothing short of spectacular. In addition to helping the team to win the gold medal, she also won a gold medal on Floo...

Health Bites: Nutrition's F-Word

By Karen Psiaki, RDN IOC Certified in Sports Nutrition My name is Karen, and I’m a Registered Dietitian as well as a former gymnast. Over the next several weeks, I will be writing about health and nutrition topics for gymnasts, ranging from body image and weight management to hydration, meal timing, and specific nutrient needs. If you have a nutrition question or topic you’d like me to cover, write it in the comment section below or send Gymnastike an email! ------------- I’ve skirted around a particular topic for the past fe...

Recap - 2014 Women's World AA Final!

Last Friday I rushed home from school to switch on live coverage of the women's all-around final in Nanning. The world championship competition, staged at the Guangxi Gymnasium in China, was widely anticipated to be the moment when Simone Biles of the USA would defend her all-around title that she clenched in Antwerp in 2013. Too much pressure for the 17 year old? It seems not!   Rotation One    The first rotation saw the top six qualifiers (Biles, Mustafina, Iordache, Ross, Jinnan and Ferrari) begin on vault. All six of these g...

The End of Worlds As We Know It

Now that the 2014 World Championships are over, you may be sitting in front of your screen wondering “Now what?” But if you, like us, are mourning the loss of round-the-clock gymnastics entertainment, then fear not! Here’s our 10-step program to help ease the pain and keep the fun going a bit longer! How to Cope After Worlds 10. Eat some delicious Chinese food to get a little flavor of life in Nanning.   9. Watch all the routines again and again… and again. No, the results haven’t changed, but you might see ...

10 Signs That You're Watching Worlds With a Non-Gymnast

  1. They ask the funniest questions. What are beam shoes made of? Why don’t the women wear shorts like the men? Why bother with dance on beam? All of these are questions that might come out of the mouth of a non-gymnast during their first viewing experience.   2. They don’t understand the scoring system.  And really, who can blame them!? It’s confusing and takes a while to explain. And when your friends complain that the 10.0 system makes more sense, a small part of you has to agree.   3. They are easily ...

Health Bites: Packing on Power With Protein

By Karen Psiaki, RDN IOC Certified in Sports Nutrition My name is Karen, and I’m a Registered Dietitian as well as a former gymnast. Over the next several weeks, I will be writing about health and nutrition topics for gymnasts, ranging from body image and weight management to hydration, meal timing, and specific nutrient needs. If you have a nutrition question or topic you’d like me to cover, write it in the comment section below or send Gymnastike an email! ------------- When you think of protein, what comes to mind? For me, the f...

World Championships - My Inside Experience

The World Championships in gymnastics sometimes almost feels bigger than the Olympics because there are so many other countries that are invited other than just the top twelve. It’s an exciting event and I was lucky enough to attend two World Championships for Great Britain during my time as an elite gymnast.   One of the most exciting things was traveling to a new and interesting country whether that be in Europe, Asia, South America, etc. Traveling with your team in your country’s gear is pretty special and nothing beats the...

Health Bites: Shedding Light on the Carbohydrate Debate

By Karen Psiaki, RDN IOC Certified in Sports Nutrition My name is Karen, and I’m a Registered Dietitian as well as a former gymnast. Over the next several weeks, I will be writing about health and nutrition topics for gymnasts, ranging from body image and weight management to hydration, meal timing, and specific nutrient needs. If you have a nutrition question or topic you’d like me to cover, write it in the comment section below or send Gymnastike an email! ------------- I originally posted this blog in January 2014, but I think i...

Global Guys: Athletes to Watch at the 2014 World Championships

As promised, here is the second installment of “Who to Watch” at the 2014 World Championships! Of course we have to start by mentioning the reigning royalty of men’s gymnastics, Kohei Uchimura (JPN), who is the favorite to win the all-around for a 5th time straight. We’ve also seen a lot of the US men lately, especially repeat US national champion Sam Mikulak, who will be looking to earn the AA medal that he missed in 2013. But there are many other fantastic gymnastics from around the globe coming to compete in Nanning,...

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Rutgers Club Gymnastics

Rutgers Club Gymnastics

Jessica Macay

July 9, 2014, 7:22pm

The National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs (NAIGC) seems to be the unsung hero of college gymnastics.   According to the mission statement on naigc.net, the purpose of the program is to build a community that encompasses “sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, and fun.”  NAIGC is the ideal way to continue gymnastics without the collegiate level obligation. Pictured: 2013 Rutgers club gymnasts Photo by: Caity Britcher The club team at Rutgers University shares the values of NAIGC in their mission statem...

The Quit Factor

The Quit Factor

Jessica Macay

July 5, 2014, 7:49pm

Gymnastics is one of the toughest sports in the world.   Countless hours in the gym, sacrificing a social life, pushing your body to exhaustion, and for what?  To learn that sometimes even if you try your best, it still may not be good enough?  Gymnasts are taught to push themselves almost to their breaking point in order to attain the unattainable: perfection.  But what happens when a gymnast actually reaches his or her breaking point?  How do you know if it’s really time to throw in the towel? Every gymnas...

Collegiate Gymnastics Magnifies the Role of Teamwork

It is every young gymnasts dream to compete at the Olympic games.  Unluckily, the committee is only able to select six gymnasts to represent the United States.  The rest of the talented gymnasts will pursue a new goal.  Aspiring them to look into collegiate gymnastics.   USA Gymnastics is a program based on individual feats.  Gymnasts work their way up, level by level with a desire to win.  Constantly competing against their teammates in hopes of qualifying to a larger competition.  Your teammates are there f...

Liz McNabb's Elite Career and Friendship with Samantha Peszek

Whether fans realize it or not, there is a plethora of collegiate gymnasts who once competed as elites. Sure, gymnastics fanatics recognize gymnasts like Bridget Sloan from elite days due to the Olympics, but there are others who had a shorter and lesser known elite career. One of those gymnasts is Illinois senior Liz McNabb. McNabb was introduced to the sport through her brother who was taking classes to increase his upper body strength. After taking a few classes, she continued to ask her mom if she could go back again and again. Her first c...

Illinois's Erin Buchanan Reflects on Pink Meets and Winning State

Illini gymnasts Erin Buchanan & Heather Foley This Friday, the #17 ranked Illinois Fighting Illini look to face the Iowa Hawkeyes at Huff Hall in Champaign, Ill. for their annual Pink Meet to raise breast cancer awareness. Because this is a Pink Meet, it hits home for Illinois freshman Erin Buchanan. Buchanan's mother is a breast cancer survivor. Her mother is her best friend and the person whom she is most proud of.  "My mom is my hero. These meets mean a lot to me. It's for a great cause and awesome that we are able to do it and support...

The Stars of Salcianu

The Stars of Salcianu

Lauren Stevens

November 23, 2013, 10:10pm

Salcianu Gymnastics and Dance may not have a handful of girls competing on the elite stage right now, but watch out because Salcianu has three up and coming elite gymnasts. One of their gymnasts: 11 year old Maile O’Keefe competed at the 2013 Secret Classic, she did not qualify to the P&G Championships, however nothing is stopping her from trying to qualify in this upcoming 2014 season. Training alongside Maile are gymnasts Lia Whitman and Sienna Robinson. These three girls are throwing huge, amazing skills for their age, and they manage ...

Sage Thompson: "Beaming" Into the Spotlight

If you follow gymnastics on the Gymternet, then perhaps you know about Sage. Sage is a level 10 gymnast from All American Gymnastics in Utah, she started at the age of six, and already, only four years later at the age of ten she is a level 10 gymnast. Sage is in the hopes of qualifying Hopes Pre-Elite, or even Junior Elite this upcoming 2014 season. Sage skipped levels 4 and 6, and at her first level 7 meet, she took 3rd place all around. 8 year old Sage at a Level 7 Competition If you have seen Sage’s videos you have probably noticed t...

Legends Born in All-Around Final

The Women's All Around Final at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium are just toinight and worldwide fans are counting down the hours until the start of the meet. The Americans dominated in the qualifications with Ross and Biles going 1-2. Simone Biles made every single event final and is the  first American to do so since Shannon Miller in 1993. If either girl wins, she will join the ranks of Chellsie Memmel, Shannon Miller and Bridget Sloan, three American women to win the all-around title in an Individual World Championship...

Peyton Ernst- America's Newest Sweetheart

First year senior Peyton Ernst has come from unknown junior to a standout on the senior national team and a contender for a spot on the World Championships team for the USA. The sixteen-year-old hails from the state of Texas where she trains with 1991 World All Around Champion, Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and her husband Chris at Texas Dreams. Peyton is one cool competitor in the arena. At the Secret Classic in July, Peyton took the second place title behind Fierce Five member, Kyla Ross. She finished fourth in the all-around at her first senior nati...

NCAA or Pro?

NCAA or Pro?

Maria Layton

September 12, 2013, 10:58pm

For many young athletes, success often means having agents and sponsors represent them and the tempation to go “pro” and get paid for their athletic success seems to be always tempting. But there is a “flip side” to that coin. Once an athlete accepts money for their sport, they forgo their NCAA eligibility for college scholarships. The cost of college is an ever growing concern for parents and many people cannot afford to pay for college in the United States without some form of financial aid. It's no secret that like ev...

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