Sanitize for Sanity

Last month, I (Jessie) took my tiny one in for her 18 month well-visit with her pediatrician only to discover she had massive double ear infections! Wow. Mom of the year. We had all had our taste of the post-holiday season cough/cold bug over the last few weeks, so I knew we had come up against bugs…but I thought I had done a pretty good job of getting us through it. Obviously, my BABY had done a pretty good job of getting through it if she was still pretty happy (though, in retrospect, pretty clingy) throughout two big ear infections!

Anyway, even though I have a good collection of ideas, I felt like it was worth the effort to ask the pediatrician what he thought were the best ways to avoid so many bugs all winter long. His answers?

#1: Stay away from nursery/daycare as often and best as you can. He said that families who have little ones around a bunch of other little ones have a much higher rate of whole-family sicknesses. He suggested that if it is necessary for the little ones to go to these places, to take their own toys that they’d most likely want to touch the most, and to wash and sanitize hands before letting them eat and the minute you pick them up.

These seemed like great, but obvious suggestions, but his second one was one that I hadn’t thought of:

#2: Most people think to wash and sanitize hands the minute they get home, but we often forget that the CAR is the first place we touch before getting home. The car is a much smaller area where bugs and germs can fester without us realizing it! Pull out the sanitizer before getting into the CAR.

As gymnasts, your children will be touching many pieces of equipment that other children have touched! With limited clothing and LOTS of rolling around, it is likely that germs will cartwheel onto your children every time they enter the gym! It sounds easy to just tell them not to touch things, but as you well know, gymnastics is all about swinging and bouncing and balancing on equipment meant for the whole gym to share.

So, instead of flipping out over them touching the equipment, remind them to avoid touching their faces during practice, to wash between events, and then to wash and sanitize before getting into your car!

Do it! It is the Doctor’s Order!

Gymnastics Car Kit - the essentials | Gym Gab

1. Baby Wipes | To wipe the chalk off! | For wipes that are easy on the skin, check out The Honest Co. Travel Packs.

2. Healthy Snack | To put energy in before/after workout (energy out). | Learn more about Clif Bar ZBars nutrition for kids.

3. Sanitizer | To rid your child of gym-germs. | We love the scents of Bath & Body Works PocketBac sanitizing collection.

4. Lotion | To hydrate dry-chalky skin. | Eucerin is a trusted brand in our homes.

5. Carabiner and Hair Ties | To keep track of rubber bands pre/post gym hair. | We love this aqua carabiner and No-Slip Grip rubber bands.

6. Water Bottle | To hydrate the active body. | Try this kid-sized, pop-top, stainless steel, Namaste water bottle.

7. Small Bag | To store all your stuff in. | We are still obsessed with Paper Nook’s personalized cotton, drawstring  bags for only 4.50!

 

A COACH’S MEET

What is meet day like for coaches?

Jessie’s son with his coach!

“Meet Day” is a whirlwind of nerves, excitement, fun, and accomplishment for everyone! Gymnasts, parents, and coaches alike feel the intensity of it all–but not too surprisingly, they all feel it just a little bit differently!

For a gymnast, getting warmed up, waiting for their turn in front of the judge, and cheering teammates on proves to take up every conscious minute of the competition! The day starts and ends in a blink!

For parents, as I learned this month (at my very first official “Meet Day” on the parents’ side of things (!!!)) the day is certainly filled with excitement, but it certainly does NOT go by in a blink! I have a sudden gratitude (and guilt!) in my heart for the HUNDREDS of meets that my parents sat through to support me as a child and for the HUNDREDS of parents that have come to watch their gymnasts who were under my coaching care. Wow. Though they are hours well worth spending, I have since learned that they definitely don’t zip by the way they do for the gymnast and coaches. Thank you to all you supportive and patient parents out there!

So what’s it like for a coach?! Well, a coach has an entirely different experience (and perspective) than the gymnasts and the parents and we thought that by giving you a little peek into their day, you’d appreciate them just a little bit more than you might already do. It isn’t as easy as it may look.

From the get-go, a coach has the responsibility of making sure all of his/her gymnasts have their names on the roster, USAG numbers up to date, and that all of their gymnast have actually showed up. If you’ll notice, coaches have a “Coach’s Meeting” before the meet begins where judges introduce themselves, and the meet director explains any special instructions there might be, while reminding everyone of sportsmanship and proper orders of operation.

Then, while the coach lines up the gymnasts in the order of competition to take at each event (which is usually pretty calculated and strategic), he/she also organizes score cards, sets up proper mats or boards, and makes sure the judges are aware of anything they ought to know before each gymnast salutes.

As each gymnast takes his/her turn, the coach not only makes sure the gymnast receives proper pre-routine encouragement and then post-routine coaching, he/she is also responsible for making sure the score cards are received and delivered to the right place so that scores are properly reviewed, recorded, and then displayed to all of the patient (or not so patient) supporters in the stands.

After the meet is over, coaches gather the last of the information needed from the judges and hosting gym and then disperse any goodie bags, score cards, or treasures that come as souvenirs or prizes for participation.

Coaches keep pretty busy and don’t get a moment to sit down and relax–as a matter of fact, most often their nerves are buzzing with just as much worry and excitement as everyone else’s! Besides a few treats in the coach’s room, the only (but BEST) reward coaches get during meet season is a hard working, happy, and successful team!

The best way we suggest to help your coach during meet season is to get your gymnast to their meets on time, stay happy and positive during meets, and then continue to be great support systems throughout the season in practices as well as competitions! Coaches always want their gymnasts and parents to be happy–especially since they so willingly endure enjoy hours and hours of “Meet Days” all season!

– Jessie

Do you have any questions about meets or meet season? We’d love to answer them!
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Nastia Tip: Stay Focused

This past year one of Makenna’s gymnasts was plagued with one injury after another . . . rheumatoid arthritis in the knee, wrist pain, pulled hip flexor, sprained ankle, sprained ankle again, etc.  Although she didn’t have broken bones, the accumulative time-off and missed meets began to haunt her. She had two choices (1) Lose hope or (2) Stay focused. She chose the latter and didn’t let the hurdles become road blocks.

Whether your child is facing fear, dealing with injuries, or feeling overwhelmed by change Vision Boards can be a great tool in helping them to stay FOCUSED on their dreams and not dwell on their immediate problems.

Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic All-Around Gold Medalist, encouraged the use of Vision Boards when she shared “Help your little one stay focused — in a fun way” as one of her 5 Tips for Parents of Budding Gymnasts with People Magazine. She explained, “This is something that I always did because having that visual helped me to stay focused on what I wanted to accomplish.”

Tips for helping gymnasts with Vision Boards | Gym Gab

1. What are Vision Boards?

Vision Boards are a visual representation of the desires of one’s heart. These collages are created on poster boards, magnet boards, chalk boards, or cork boards, with word strips, magazine clippings, photos, and more. Ideally Vision Boards are hung in a highly visible place, as a constant reminder of hopes and dreams that one is working towards or things one identifies with.

2. Why are Vision Boards Useful?

Vision Boards can motivate and inspire athletes even on the hardest of days.  They can redirect thought by forcing attention to things gymnasts WANT. Vision Boards help define a purpose to an athlete’s efforts. Not every child loves the sport for the same reasons or wants to be the same kind of gymnast; a Vision Board allows youth to decide what is important to THEM.

3. How can I help my Gymnast Create a Vision Board? 

PROVIDE MATERIALS

Provide your gymnast with an array of magazines and images they can choose from. Helpful gymnastics magazines include: USA Gymnastics, Inside Gymnastics, and International Gymnast. But, don’t limit them to just gymnastics magazines . . . you’d be amazed at what you can find even in your junk mail! You can also help your gymnast hunt online for images or sayings that speak to them. If your child has a specific trait they want to emulate, print it in their favorite font. | Find our favorites HERE |

INCLUDE NON-TANGIBLE GOALS
It is important for your child to include how they want to feel and what kind of gymnast they want to be. Encourage them to use adjectives as well as nouns. The hard part can be depicting non-tangible desires. If your child wants to be happy, help them find a picture that evokes that emotion such as a sunset, a smiling face, a picture of them during a happy moment, or you can include the word “happy” in their collage.
TEACH THEM HOW TO VISUALIZE
Encourage your gymnast to pick an item on his or her Vision Board each night. Have them close their eyes and imagine that their desire has already been achieved. What does it feel like? What emotions are they experiencing? How did they accomplish their goal? Have them express gratitude for the experiences that delivered their dreams.
Visit {HERE} for a look at University of Utah’s 2013 Gymnastics Vision Board.

Door-Jam Hammies in your Jammies

Stretch of the Week: Door Jam Hammies

Want to know how gymnasts can fold over and touch their toes so easily? They’ve sufficiently stretched their hamstrings!

Well, duh, right?! Well, if we, as adults, measured our health by our flexibility, some of us might be considered stiffs! Ha! According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), “Adults should do flexibility exercises at least two or three days each week to improve range of motion.”

So, our stretch of the week is what we call “The Door-Jam Hammie”–aka “The Jammie Hammies” since they are so great to do just before bed. The hamstring muscles are a group of muscles on the backside of your leg between your knee and your bottom and are most commonly used for knee flexion and hip extension. When these muscles are tight, touching our toes is nearly impossible–as is living a long, injury free life! According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), remaining (or becoming) flexible has MANY benefits including improved posture, increased physical and mental relaxation, decreased muscle tension and soreness, and a decreased risk of injury. That’s enough to get you in a door-jam a few days a week, right?!

All you’ve got to do is extend one leg through the door and rest the heel of your other leg up along the door frame. As it becomes more comfortable, slide your bottom leg and hip further through the door keeping your raised heel/leg up where it is along the door frame. Hold each stretch for at least 10-15 seconds, exhaling as you gently stretch your hamstrings. ACE suggests that you don’t bounce or strain your stretch too far, and if it HURTS, ease up a bit. It won’t take long before you notice sitting with your legs extended is easier–and soon you’ll be kissing your knees just in time for Valentine’s Day! Won’t your gymnast LOVE that?!

Best of luck!

Do you have other favorite stretches?!
We’d love to hear about them!

MAKENNA’S 5 TIPS FOR GYM-RAT PARENTING

Jessie shared some FANTASTIC tips for gym parents earlier this week! I’d like to “ditto” all of her great advice and add a few of my own to the list to round out a nice top 10 from Gym Gab. Before I begin, let me give a pat on the back to all gymnastics parents; your job is not easy!Most of you agreed to this job because of an unconditional love for your child, and his/her undying love for the sport. I wish you all the best and hope these words of wisdom provide insight into the magnitude of your important role.

1. Empower Your Gymnast

If a gymnast is frustrated, dealing with fear, or lacking motivation, all too often we want to fix the problem for them. Might I suggest providing inspiration instead of a solution.

LISTEN to your gymnast’s thoughts and feelings, and not instruct or interrogate. Try open-ended questions such as “What was your favorite thing about gymnastics today?” or “You look a little down, what are you feeling?”

VALIDATE feelings without blame or codling. If a gymnast has fear, frustration, injury or disappointment – recognize her struggles, but do not pamper or compound the “problem”.

REDIRECT perspective if a child is having negative feelings/views or REINFORCE when the child is communicating positive experiences.

EMPOWER your gymnast by allowing her to create her own solution. Ask questions rather than give answers – this encourages her to do the thinking and teaches her to believe in her abilities.

2. Be a Cheerleader

“A Lot of people have gone farther than they thought they could because some else thought they could.” – Zig Zagler. It is important for gymnasts to know that they have parents  supporting them on the good days as well as the bad.

The Do’s:
DO comment on the POSITIVE. (See Jessie’s 5 TIPS)
DO cheer on your gymnast and her teammates (this is not golf . . .  yell till you’re horse)!
DO share your unconditional love.

The Don’ts:
DO NOT analyze scores, routines and other gymnasts.
DO NOT impose your ambitions, goals, dreams or intensity upon your son or daughter . . . allow for their own dreams/desires.

3. Make your Home (& Car) a Coach-Free Zone

When a child leaves the gym, they need to be able to turn back into a daughter/son. Inappropriate “parent-coaching” includes:

INTERROGATION – “Why aren’t you making your kip, yet?”
CORRECTIONS – “Try twisting earlier!”
HOME-WORK – “You have to do 100 push-up’s before bed.”
SPOTTING – Spotting your gymnast without proper training and equipment is dangerous, yikes!

Fear, burn-out, confusion, and injury can be a result of any and all the above.
(See Jessie’s 5 TIPS)

4. Communicate with the Coach when Necessary

Finding a proper communications strategy with your child’s coach is important. Too much communication can be burdensome on coaches, but relying on others for information can also be problematic. Some things to think about . . .

(1) If your question/concern is not child-specific you may be able to find information without contacting the coach directly. Try communicating with the gym’s office. Check the gym’s website and paper work. Review your emails.

(2) Each coach has a different preferred means for communication: emails, texting, voice mails, scheduled meetings, etc. Ask your child’s coach when and how is best to communicate with them.

(3) If you have child/program-specific concerns address them with the coach or program director before taking it to the stands.

(4) Communicate for your child only when the child is unable to communicate for themselves.

(5) If your child is unhappy or not wanting to come to gym, bring it to your coach’s attention so that a positive change can be made.

5. Enjoy the Ride

Figuratively speaking . . . enjoy the ride. If you’re in it for the long haul, become a fan of the sport! Try watching televised gymnastics events with your lil’ one; they are very inspiring. It’s always more fun to watch when you know the athletes competing. For bio’s and fun facts about National Team members, NCAA teams and up and coming athletes visit Gymnastike.

Literally speaking . . . enjoy the ride. As your child commits more hours and days to the gym, you may feel as if you are loosing out. The commute to and from the gym is a golden opportunity for bonding. To ensure quality time keep the phones, iPods, dvd player, tablets, etc. out of use. Be bold and turn off the radio (or turn it up and sing with your child at the top of your lungs)!

For more tips check out: JESSIE’S 5 TIPS BETTER FOR GYM-RAT PARENTING

Gymnast-Friendly Valentines

One month until Valentine’s Day!!! Last year, one of my gymnasts made a personal goal to not eat candy during competition season. This ambition presented a challenge on the holiday of love and sweets. Supportive of her commitment, I searched Pinterest for “candy-free” Valentines for my team. Here are six gems; fantastic gymnast-friendly Valentine ideas. Visit the links for free printables from some fabulous blogs!

May your Valentine’s Day be filled with love and a little less sugar,
Makenna

Gymnast Friendly Valentines

(1) Valentine Fruit Tags | Craftaholics Anonymous
(2) Love Juice | At Second Street
(3) “Bee” My Valentine | Little Bit Funky
(4) Naturally Sweet | Five and One
(5) Valentine Snack Mix | The Baby Steps Blog
(6) You Rock My Socks Off | 30 Days

P.S. Not many seven-year olds challenge themselves to a four month sabbatical from candy, but limiting sugar intake can be rewarding! An excess of sugar can decrease focus, limit sustained energy, and weaken the immune system. Instead of just saying “no” to your kiddo’s sugar requests, explain the benefits of moderation and encourage your gymnast to make nutritional decisions that benefit them and their goals. (I’m still working on this with my three-year old).

JESSIE’S 5 TIPS FOR BETTER GYM-RAT PARENTING

With every new year comes goals and resolutions to become better at something which, in turn, will hopefully help us to become better people. This year, lets resolve to be better parents to our gymnasts!There are a million ways to be better, if not the BEST parents to your gymnasts, but let’s just focus on 5ways that I, as a coach, find to be the most useful advice I give regularly to parents.

1. Don’t tell or ask your gymnasts to PRACTICE at home.

It’s just not a good idea. In their minds, practice usually equals CHORE. Who LOVES doing chores?! Instead, find ways to encourage them to

SHOW/SHOW OFF their skills to you and the family along with friends and neighbors. Especially for younger gymnasts, “showing off” tends to be fun and exciting! “Look what I can do! Watch me try again!” feels a whole lot different than, “How many more do I have to do before I’m done?”

2. Remember that gymnastics is often 90% mental strength and 10% physical strength.

Sometimes when your little one “just can’t do it” it doesn’t mean they need to go home and do more push-ups. As you encourage them to keep trying, also encourage them to think about their skills and fears logically. As questions like, “Do you normally get hurt when you try that?” and “what usually happens if you DO fall?” and “even the best gymnasts think skills are scary/hard at first until they do it a bunch” and remind them that their coaches will be right there to help. Being and advocate for their mental strength is often more effective than anything else-even private lessons. P.S. Don’t just say, “Be tough!” That’s almost worse.

3. Let your gymnast have a day off here and there.

WHAAAAT!? “It’s meet season!” ” I pay big bucks for lessons!” “She’ll fall behind!” You may be right and it may be hard to give in, but if your gymnast has a little bit of a say when she’s feeling overwhelmed, letting her step back and breathe a little will keep her from burning out. Gymnasts are prone to burning out easily, so its better to let them flicker a little (with a day off) than try to keep the candle burning by holding a match over the wax. If they love it, they’ll heat right back up pretty quickly. Gymnastics can be exhausting to everyone…and since she’s doing the work in the gym, a day out of the gym might recharge her batteries. Make sure you explain the situation to her coach, too.

4. Focus on the positive.

Maybe they didn’t score well or maybe they goofed off too much in class. Maybe they talked back to you or got frustrated and shut you out. Instead of pointing out what they are doing to upset you, step back and let them see that you’ve noticed good things they’ve done. “It looks like you’re a good friend to so many of the girls in the gym! I noticed they all love talking to you!” “I thought it was great how you finished your routine even after you feel. The fact that you smiled at the judges afterward surely gave you an extra point!” or “I’m so glad I was able to pick you up today! I’m always so proud of you when I see you working so hard!” Negativity sticks in their minds while positivity changes their mind. Correcting bad behavior is usually easier when more attention goes toward their

5. Let there be laughter.

Teach them to take things less seriously. It’s only a sport, you know. Gymnastics is not the only thing there is in life (shocking, I know!) and if they have a rough practice or a bad meet or a sour encounter at the gym, it doesn’t have to affect them so much. Teach them to discern between what’s important and what’s silly–and when the important things need attention, then find a way to make it something they’ll be inspired to work on. When something is silly (aka unimportant in the grand scheme of things) help them laugh about it and put it behind them. A greater bond can be made between the two of you by laughing together than by getting upset together over things that don’t really matter. Make it your priority to teach the difference between experiences and issues. Experiences happen to everyone all the time— issues don’t need to happen all the time. When they DO happen all the time, it just means drama…and no one wants more drama in their life. Everyone wants experience, though. So remember, as you begin the new year, try to be the type of parent that is positive, who helps their gymnast stay positive, and who sees the bigger picture! 2014 will be great if you decide it is going to be!

MEET JESSIE

Meet Jessie From Gym Gab | gymgabblog.comWell Hello! My name is Jessie and I am joining this team because Makenna is generous enough to think that I would make a good sidekick in this GymGab adventure. I live for adventure and since most of my life has been lived for gymnastics, it just seems so fitting. As a once-obsessed gymnast turned dancer turned gymnastics coach turned Mama to little gymnasts, I have quite the history of being in the gym, being with children, and finding ways to make myself work harder than I ever did as a gymnast (what a concept, right?!). I’m excited to work hard on this blog with Makenna! With my degree of Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Utah, my years of coaching club gymnastics and tumbling in multiple dance studios, being a personal and group fitness instructor, writing for several local magazines, along with working crazy hard to be a good mama (not there yet–but trying) to my pretty excellent kiddos, I hope that I will make a good, if not pretty excellent sidekick to Makenna…who I think is pretty excellent herself! Here’s to the adventures ahead! There are sure to be many!

-Jessie

Gymnastics Focus for 2014

“You should always be striving to achieve something to feel accomplished. And it’s so important to always finish what you started. Success doesn’t happen overnight and you have to work hard for it every single day.” – Nastia Liuikin

A fun way for your gymnast to start fresh in 2014. Enjoy the free download.

Gymnastics Resolution and Focus for the New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

Although the superstitious may have deemed 2013 to be unlucky, I reflect back on the year with gratitude for the array of opportunities and growth, the anything but unlucky year has provided.

At the close of 2012, my husband and I welcomed the birth of a second daughter . . . 2013 was a year of adaptation as we faced the challenges and reaped the innumerable blessings of parenting TWO children. In the gym, we enjoyed the addition of new athletes to our gymnastics-family. Taking six gymnasts and a baby (who refused to consume nourishment from anywhere but her mother) to the National Training Center was an unexpected adventure. But, perhaps the most unanticipated surprise of 2013, was the addition of Gym Gab to our crazy, fabulous life.

This time last year, a gymnastics blog was not even a thought. The seed was planted in Spring. Summer of 2013 brought sleepless nights and day-dreams that urged me toward action. Gym Gab finally materialized in August (thanks to Tori Bee Designs). And the latter part of 2013 felt a lot like treading water. Although I am overwhelmed by the support, contribution, and positive feedback by so many, the blog still leaves me a bit unsettled. There are so many ideas yet to share, information to organize, and inspiring people to feature . . . and such limited time to document. But most unnerving is my inability to translate into words the depth of emotion, joy, and uncertainty that lives within coaches, gymnasts and parents.

I believe it’s important to review the past, in order to improve the future. This week I have really scrutinized Gym Gab’s short-life in 2013 and pinpointed what I hope it to become in 2014.  I hope to transform Gym Gab into a gymnastics blog that offers greater insight into the complex world of a gymnastics parent . . . it will take time, and it may force me to stretch my limits, but  here’s to 2014, an opportunity for more growth and new beginnings.

50 Gymnastic Stocking Stuffers

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//Click here for 2014’s Gift Guide//

Gymnastics Gifts for all ages | Gym Gab

When I was a child, my mom was the master stocking stuffer. Every year she would fill our stockings with meaningful trinkets pertinent to our individuality and current interests. Trying to follow suit, I’ve been on the hunt for special items to stuff in my daughters’ stockings this year. Here are fifty of my gymnastics-themed finds. Hope you find a gymnastics gift (or two or three) perfect for your special gymnast!

Stocking stuffers for gymnasts | Gymnastics Gifts
Gymnastics Gifts for the Gym Bag

1. CHAP STICK – it’s that time again . . . dry skin and cracked lips.
Find Nastia Liukin Lip Balm {here}.

2. TIGER BALM – this was my “go-to” ointment as a gymnast to sooth my aches and pains.
Purchase {here}.

3. RIP BAG – a trendy storage bag designed by LUV Gymnastics Apparel.
Check out all sizes/designs {here}.

4. GYMNASTICS SOCKS – these socks are an exclamation of your daughter’s identity!
Find them {here}.

5. GYMNASTICS SHORTS – my two favorite companies to order gymnastics shorts from are
{Destira} and {GK}. Find more options {here} & {here}.

6. WATER BOTTLE – keep your gymnast hydrated in style.
Find my favorite Klean Kanteens {here}.  Want it to say “gymnastics” look {here} &{here}!

7. WRIST BANDS – chalky, sweat-stained wristbands are always nice to replace.
Look {here} or {here}.

8. GYM CHALK – it’s always good to have a spare block of chalk on hand!
Find it {here}.

9. GRIP BAG – a grip bag should be washed often, and traded out every once in a awhile! There are many fun options when it comes to grip bags. I’m loving this {one}, and {these} and {these}. For cute personalized grip bags read {here}.

10. UNDER ARMOUR HEADBAND – they stay in while flipping and twisting.
Find a variety of options {here}.

11. RUBBER BANDS – a gymnast can never have too many.
Best for tumbling {here}. No crease hair ties {here}

12. DEODORANT – they will sweat.
I bought {kid’s deodorant} with out antiperspirant for I my lil’ one who wanted to be like the big girls.

13. TAPE – commonly used for tape grips, joint support, and ankles.
Find a variety {here}.

14. GYMNASTICS MAKE-UP BAG – transition from workout out to hangout.
Purchase {here}.

15. TAPE CUTTER – easily remove the tape!
Find it {here}.

16. HAND SANITIZER – because their hands (& 100+ other kids) touch the same equipment.
Justice scented gymnast anti-bac {here}

17. GRIP KEYCHAIN – add some personality to the gym bag.
Nastia Liukin version {here}

18. BAG BALM – use it for dried, cracked, and ripped hands.
Get a travel size for the gym bag {here}.

gymnastics gifts for the younger gymnast
Gymnastics Gifts for the Younger Gymnast

19. MCKENNA AG DVD – the 2012 American Girl of the year gymnastics movie.
Purchase {here}.

20. MOGO BRACELET – a magnetic charm bracelet.
Find charms {here}.

21. GYMNASTICS STICKERS – bright-colored gymnastics themed stickers.
Fun designs {here}.

22. DOLL LEOTARDS – we use these leotards as stuffed animal attire at our house.
Cute prints {here}.

23. GEMMA the GYMNASTICS FAIRY – part of the popular Rainbow Magic chapter book series.
Get it {here}.

24. 18″ DOLL COMPETITIVE WEAR – is your daughter’s doll dressed to compete?
Love this set {here}.

25. GYMNASTICS BEAR – achievement bears celebrate gymnastics skills and levels.
Check out the designs {here}.

26. GYMNASTICS NIGHT LIGHT – a fun addition to any little girls room.
Find it {here}.

27. GYMNASTICS WRISTBAND – silicone wristbands that shout their love for the sport.
Sold {here}.

28. DORA GYMNASTICS DOLL – this 9″ doll is a great stocking stuffer for a Dora fan.
Order it {here}.

29. LILY’S LUCKY LEOTARD – a first chapter book about a little gymnast.
Find it {here}.

30. GYMNAST SOCK MONKEY – shirt reads “this monkey gets funky for gymnastics”.
See other desings {here}.

31. MCKENNA AG BOOKS – the popular 2012 american girl of the year book about a young gymnast.
Find both books {here}.

32. EMMA DOLL – love this little tag-along gymnast!
Alpha Factor sells it {here}.

33. GYMNASTICS PENS – to write dreams, goals, and accomplishments.
Purchase {here}.

34. DORA GYMNASTICS DVD – Dora’s fantastic gymnastics adventure.
Get it {here}.

Great stocking stuffer ideas for gymnasts
Gymnastics Gifts for the (Pre)Teen

35. CELL PHONE COVER – bling and gymnastics . . . you can’t go wrong.
A variety of styles {here}.

36. IVIVVA SPORTS BRA – i love everything about this reversible youth sports bra.
Sneek a peek {here}.

37. LEOTARD GIFT CARD – the BEST stocking stuffer for a gym diva.
DESTIRA {here} & GK {here}

38. 2012 OLYMPIC DVD – a recap of gymnastics in London.
Get yours {here}.

39. USAG CHAMPIONS BOOK – stories on the sport’s biggest names from 1950 through 2012.
Offered {here}.

40. iPOD CASE – creative gymnastics cases for ipods, cellphones, ipads, etc.
Great Designs {here}.

41. SHAWN JOHNSON BIO – Winning Balance: what I’ve learned so far about love, faith, and living your dreams.
Find {here}.

42. GABBY DOUGLAS BIO – Grace, Gold, & Glory; My leap of faith.
Find {here}.

43. MAGNETS – fun for lockers or magnet “goal” boards.
Check out colors {here}.

44. JAMBERRY NAILS – gymnastics print DIY nail wraps or after season.
Find {here}.

45. JEWELRY – a subtle hint of gymnastics.
Creative designs {here}.

46. GYMNAST SCOREBOOK – to keep track of progress!
Three colors available {here}.

47. DIVA SHORTS – a bit of a statement.
Find them {here}.

48. BEST MEET EVER – a book that assists in mental preparation for competition.
Available {here}.

49. STICK IT DVD – as seen on the big screen.
Sold {here}.

gymnastics christmas ornaments

50. CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT: a memorable stocking stuffer!

RED GYMNASTICS
BLUE SNOWFLAKE
PERSONALIZED ROUND
PAIR OF GYMNAST (I have these on my tree)
PERSONALIZED STAR
GYMNAST FAIRY

 

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