New to the meet circuit, Gymnova has put out a new FIG approved uneven bar rail!
It’s a natural fiber rail that doesn’t take much prep to be bold swing ready. It holds chalk really well and requires less of it. It can even be cleaned with water!
Check out that texture!
It’s composed of natural fiber and resin wrapped around fiberglass at a diameter of 39mm. This new texture gives a great grip that can take swing after swing after swing without showing wear. That means less wear and tear on the hands of your gymnasts!
It’s made by Gymnova and currently fits only Gymnova uneven and high bar equipment.
Look for it at the European Championships in Glasgow this August 2018!
The original balance beam was for men and women practicing balancing skills? It was 64 feet long and 10 inches wide!
Compared to today’s spring floor that beam was 22 feet longer! Compared to today’s vault runway that’s 18 feet shorter!
Of course, todays beam is only 4 inches wide, so the mega beam of yesteryear was 6inches wider, a whole half foot!
Imagine what you could do on a beam that’s 64 feet long and 10 inches wide! Now, imagine what Simone Biles could do on a beam with those dimensions! Mind = Blown!
Or well, I guess, if you think the spring floor tumbling pass is long at 56ft, then you’re grateful. Different strokes, right?!
But, if you’re rueing today’s 4 inch beam width… Not so fast! That super long, mighty wide beam was a round pine tree. Yeah, round. Hmmm…
The first balance beam competition was the at 1934 Worlds and THAT beam was a miserly 3.15 inches wide! Yikes! How hard was it to land a split leap on one of those things?! Amirite?
Today, the length of the beam is 16.5ft. long. It gradually got shorter and shorter as it was used in physical education and it morphed into a women’s only event. The gymnastics beam of 2018 stands 49 inches off the ground at the same height as you will find the women’s vaulting table!
Little is more iconic to the sport of women’s gymnastics than the leotard.
In women’s gymnastics culture, fondly known in cyber circles as The Gymternet, the finer points of leotard style are a fiercely debated topic on which there is no right or wrong answer. Olympic leotards, much like the olympics themselves, are a subject of much interest.
So, let’s take a look at how Olympic leotards have evolved.
The earliest of the early gymnastics costumes, you can hardly call them a leotard, comprised a short knee-length skirt and a long sleeved shirt. They covered as much skin as possible while still allowing the gymnast to execute a few movements. This was back in the days where gymnastics was more akin to dance than the death defying, acrobatic, highly skilled endeavor we see in competition today. You’ll see that much like with gymnastics equipment, gymnastics apparel evolves in tandem with the attempted skills of the athletes themselves.
1908 LONDON OLYMPICS, DANISH GYMNASTS
Drunken Monkey or Praying Mantis, Aikido, Tae Kwon Do or Judo, no matter how you get there, hitting the ground hurts. We, as gymnasts, know this. We’ve taken a fair amount of flights and falls ourselves.
That’s why we at GMR Gymnastics Sales have been making mats AND martial arts floor covers for 37 years!
Our aim is to offer a solution that fits the budget of every martial arts dojo. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re outfitting your third location, we’ve got a martial arts floor that will work for you!
Our most economical martial arts floor option is our DIY assembly, vinyl floor cover stretched over 1 3/8in. or 2in. crosslink foam. LINK MA 500. What sets this martial arts and self defense floor apart is that we provide special instructions on how to make your own stretcher bars.
Sometimes, our customers send us things that really make our day, if not the whole darn month! This testimony sent to us from owner/operator Jenni Hallock is one such joy.
We spoke with her and got her permission to reproduce it in its entirety. She told us, “You have to save your hands to swing bars. To the kids and to me, it’s a huge deal. I’ve got to tell them how awesome their grips are.”
Amen to that, Jenni!
Thank you so much for making the time to let us know how our grips have made a difference in your gymnastics life and and in the lives of the gymnasts under your guidance now!
“Hi There! My name is Jenni Hallock. I am the owner and head coach of G-4orce Athletics in Palestine, TX. I’m writing because I want to share a testimony with you about your grips and what they meant to me as a young gymnast and what they mean to the young gymnasts I now coach at my gym.
I’m currently 34 years old. I started using dowel grips at age 10. I continued to use them until my career as a gymnast was completed at age 16. I remember how excited I was to get my first pair of dowel grips. I don’t recall what brand they were, but they weren’t Ten-o. I used them only a short period of time before I began slipping off the bar. My coach and I tried to fix them, but I kept “pinging” off the bars. It just wasn’t happening for me. It wasn’t in the budget to buy another pair of grips, so to stay safe, I had to go back to a beginner pair of grips for a while.
A few months later, for my birthday, I got a new pair of dowel grips. This pair of dowel grips was different.These grips were red, white, & blue. I also had some matching wrist bands that went with them. These were Ten-o grips. I remember being nervous about using them. After all, my last experience with dowel grips didn’t go so well.
Let me say this, this new pair of grips allowed me to do tricks and swing on the bar like never before. I loved them!
We purchased a size 0, couple of size 1’s, and a size 2 over the years. I am one of those people that keeps certain things that are important to me. For some reason, I have kept all of my Ten-o grips, some are over 20 years old.
When I was preparing to open my gym last summer in 2017, and got the bars set up, we couldn’t find my daughter’s grips. Well, I went over to my trophy case and pulled out my old grips. She and I were trying to see if they would fit her and if they were in a condition to even use. I checked to make sure they weren’t overstretched, as I know that if they are they can get caught and lock up. Thankfully, they weren’t! And, she really wanted to swing some bars!
I first put on my size 2 grips from 1997. I took the grip brush to them, chalked them up and I did a kip fly away. My daughter went next with my size 0 grips from probably 1993? It was pure adrenaline!
When I first opened my gym in August 2017, some of my kids had grips some didn’t. I ordered a couple of pairs from you guys. — I’m getting to the point of this story I promise. — Do you know what those girls do now? They literally will argue over wearing “those grips.” Those grips that are my grips from 20 years ago. Seriously! They love how they feel when they are doing bars. The girls will pout when “those grips“ are taken by another gymnast already at bars. Sometimes I take them and hide them, because I really don’t want them to wear them. I want them to wear their own grips and get them broken in. I had put mine out there for display never to be used again. The girls still do it, though, they try to be sneaky because they know they’re not supposed to. Of course, I make sure to not leave any in there that are too worn out or overstretched, for safety’s sake. Crazy kids! I’ve never seen grips that last like yours do!”
On the left, one of the new Ten-o 501 Blues Grips Jenni ordered for her girls since she opened her gym. On the right, one of Jenni’s old grips from the 90’s her girls keep stealing from the case, lol.
“They want to wear them because they can swing bars on them unlike any other pair in the gym. I can’t go on enough about the quality of your grips. We don’t have to use anything, but chalk on the new ones we’ve ordered from y’all or my old grips when I let them use them.
What’s funny is that some of the girls have grips from another company and they are slicker than climbing a mountain in high heels. Even being over 20 years old and somewhat used, my old Ten-o grips are the best grips in the gym. Some parents don’t have the money for new grips, and this being a new business and I don’t own a credit card, I wasn’t in a place to purchase them for the girls until now. I couldn’t care less about ever trying another brand of grips. As far as I’m concerned, you are the only company I will ever purchase grips from. I just really felt I needed to share this story with you guys.”
Point your toes! Coach or ballet mistress, dancer or gymnast, if you’ve said or heard this once, you’ve heard or said it a zillion times! If only you had a nickel…
The New Yorker’s Katia Bachko describes, in exquisite detail, why mentors in both dance and gymnastics pound the toe point into the heads of their artists:
“In ballet, the pointed foot creates extension from the top of the thigh to the toes; without an emphasis on this stretch, gymnasts curl and clench the toes. When coaches put too much emphasis on strength training, athletes end up with bulky shoulder muscles which compromise the graceful, elevated carriage of the head, which is typical among Carly Patterson, Jordyn Wieber, and other American gymnasts. Pay attention to the way the head position changes as the torso moves. Graceful, fluid neck movement creates dynamic, pleasing movement; a tight upper body gives the impression of tension. These minor, but important differences reflect the influence of ballet training. If they stop mattering, in terms of points and, ultimately, victories, the sport will be the worse for it.”
Every event in gymnastics demands the gymnast point his or her toes — because certainly, male gymnasts are not exempt from this technique to lengthen the leg and please the eye of the fan and judge alike!
However, we see the discipline of dance make its biggest mark in women’s events; most notably, the floor exercise with it’s, well: choreography.
Most people think gymnastics gym pits are only ever literal holes in the ground. That’s just not the case!
In fact, there are upsides to putting your gymnastics club’s pit above ground. Hint: loads of added storage space! (Upsides? Ha! See what we did there!)
Gymnastics gym owners put their pits above ground by choice or for forces beyond their control. Let’s look at some of the factors that might put you in a position to build your gymnastics pit above the floor of your gymnastics facility.