Posts Categorized: Technical

411: Nastia Liukin Cup

Two weeks ago, two of my husband’s athletes qualified to the Nastia Liukin Cup. In my excitement to share the news, I realized that NOT EVERYONE knows what the Nastia Liukin Cup is! If you’re out of the loop or confused on what it all means, or just in search of some 2015 details, read on! “On… Read more »

Toddler Gymnastics – ten great benefits

We’ve all heard of the five senses sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. But did you know that there are actually seven senses!?!? Gill Connell, a child development expert and co-author of A moving Child is a Learning Child, explains that the last two senses vestibular (sense of balance) and proprioception (our intuitive sense of space and position) may feel… Read more »

TOPs Gymnastics State Testing

TOPs (Talented Opportunity Program) State Testing will be finished as of July 31st. That means less than two weeks of testing left and then the waiting for the cut-off score begins! New to the TOPs gymnastics program? Wondering what a cut-off score means? Wondering what happens next? Let’s gab about it! Here are the basics . . .  … Read more »


You’ll probably agree that with most any sport or hobby, we tend to learn that “it’s a small world” once we dive into the thick of it. But the gymnastics world might not be as small as you may think. The branches on the gymnastics tree reach further and are more numerous than many people are… Read more »


I (Jessie) think many (if not ALL) of us have ooohed and awwwwed over some nice sets of abs we like to call a six-pack. I’m betting that if you have a gymnast in your home, you’re more than aware of their existence. But why are they called six-packs and how in the blazes do you get… Read more »

Meet Season Good To Knows

It’s time for some Junior Olympic Meet Season Facts! Here are simple answers to common questions we heard in the stands this year. Please note that our answers apply to the Women’s JO levels 1-10. Although some information may apply to the Xcel program as well, we will provide more detailed information for that program in… Read more »

Forget Luck

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We wish you all the luck of the Irish today, but hope you really won’t need it! Why?! Here at Gym Gab, we hope to provide some tools that will leave you feeling more empowered and less dependent on luck! Leotards from Destira & GK Elite At our gym every week, we find time to… Read more »

TOPs Gymnastics 101

It’s October already! At our house that means spooky decorations, a costume debate, and TOPs National Testing – all things scary. We all know what’s creepy about skull decor, and that the price of Disney Store costumes can give you the chills, but what’s so haunting about TOPs gymnastics testing? For most parents, it’s the… Read more »

Learning To Love Grips

My young team kids are always anxious to get grips. When the coveted item is ordered, delivered, and the package ripped open, the gymnast believes she is the luckiest girl in the world! She will wear her new grips around the house (or to bed) with pride, and romanticize the rite of passage that will… Read more »

When, Why, How: Gymnastics for Kids

I’ve had the pleasure of answering the When, the Why and the How of gymnastics for kids, to hundreds of parents. I wear my coaching shirt in public way too often! If we haven’t bumped into each other yet, this post is for you. Photo | AmyLynn Studios When Should Kids Start Gymnastics? If you… Read more »

Back Handspring Tips

What are appropriate avenues to learning a back handspring? First, let’s start with the inappropriate – trying it at home. All too often, fear and injury are a result of kids “working” their back handspring outside of the gym. Here are safer alternatives: #1: Back Handspring Clinic Many gyms provide weekly or monthly opportunities for… Read more »

Finding the Perfect Gymnastics Floor Music

If your daughter is competing as an optional level gymnast or part of the Xcel program this year, CONGRATS! Your reward? Gymnastics meets with a variety of choreography and music (we won’t dwell on the meet fees, traveling expenses, and choreography costs.) With five levels (6-10) part of the optional competition format  (see post)  and with the… Read more »