TEN-O Gymnastics

10% off Simone Biles Equipment for Christmas!

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Nothing, but nothing, puts the stars in a young gymnast’s eyes like the name: Simone Biles. She is to today’s generation what names like Mary Lou Retton, Nadia Comaneci and Olga Korbut are to gymnasts of yesterday.

Simone Biles is THAT gymnast in a generation with a rare gift that inspires. That’s why we’ve put all of our Simone Biles training equipment on sale at 10% off  so you can give the gift of Biles’ borne inspiration to the young gymnasts in your life this Christmas!

Spieth America partnered with Simone Biles to bring a line of training equipment to today’s generation of gymnasts to see what They Can Do. And, as you can see, Ms. Biles styled her Simone Biles signature line in her favorite color: Purple! (more…)

Super Santa Giveaway 2017

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YOU GET $500 WORTH OF GYMNASTICS GIFTS!! AND …. YOU GET $500 WORTH OF GYMNASTICS GIFTS!!

You read that right! It’s almost like being on a game show! Just call us Santa! this Christmas, we’re doing it THAT BIG with our Super Santa Christmas Giveaway!

To get your chance to win, just check back at our ten-o.com Advent Calendar and follow the contest instructions! (complete with adorable pictures of our very own office dogs! Pictured here is the big ol’ sweetheart, Chewy, very patiently dressed as a reindeer) You’ll also find all the legal, contest rules and such, should you wish to see that stuff.

Entering is a snap. The winners of prizes worth $500.00 are chosen for 5 days in November and for 14 days in December! In total, we’re giving away over $8,000 in gymnastics prizes this holiday season! What’s Santa got on us? Nothin’!

Here’s how it works:

Each day has its own prize page. Share the page for each day on your preferred social media spot among Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (or increase your chances by sharing on all 3, why not!) and add the hashtag: #GmrSuperSanta17 Don’t forget the hashtag! That’s how we find your entry!

That’s it! So easy!

Christmas Deal of the Day!

2017You know what they say! A deal a day helps keep the doctor away during the holidays!

This year Ten-o cures what wassails ya: Christmas shopping done in a deal-a-day! No more crowds, malls and wondering where in the heck you’re going to find gymnastics themed gifts for your gymnast who lives, breathes and handsprings gymnastics down the hall to her bedroom!

Every day ’til December 22nd, just check back on our Ten-o homepage to see what the day’s deal is.

Each day one product category will be deeply discounted making your gymnastics Christmas shopping that much easier, if not done! The early bird’s worm wakes at 7am, Monday through Thursday and retires at 11:59am that same day. Friday through Sunday, get your gymnastics themed Christmas gift deal beginning Friday at 7am continuing throughout the weekend until Sunday until 11:59pm.

Just follow this link:

http://www.ten-o.com/holiday-daily-deal.dlp

to get the product code you’ll use for the product category on sale for that day. You’ll see it in the sign held up by the Christmas elf!

Mystery Stocking Stuffer 2017

StufferNot sure what to gift your team of little Cindy Lou Who’s at this year’s gymnastics club Christmas party?

Everybody’s put their stockings up on the high beam and now it’s time to stuff them with gymnastics themed good cheer!

Ten-o can help Santa and Mrs. Coach do that in one fell swoop with our Mystery Stocking Stuffer special! The magic of the North Pole, dispatched from its Lithonia, Georgia outpost, brings you 30 mystery gymnastics themed, Christmas gift items, valued at $175 retail, for the low price of $39.95, shipped FREE in the 48 contiguous states!

Your young, gymnastics elves will be delighted to see the holiday come alive in gymnastics Christmas ball charms, Cloggels, pins, magnets, bracelets, keychains, laptop skins, stickers, beamie socks, hair ornaments, Gymmy Bandz, gift bags and event earrings.

Many gymnasts have made it a tradition throughout the community to collect and trade our pins!

Each mystery stocking stuffer set is the same, so you know; it’s only a mystery once. Our Stocking Stuffer set is chock full of shiny and gymnastics Christmas and that’s something you’re not likely to find in stores or anywhere else. Little gymnasts love seeing their passion for the sport they love reflected in their Christmas morning. They will be running around the gym and the tree wearing their new gymnastics gift goodies with smiles and pride!

For the craft-inclined coach or gymnastics mom— and we know you’re out there!— these gymnastics holiday gifts would go great in an advent calendar!

Tumbling into Christmas 2017

Can you paint fine details, in reverse mirror-image, through a tiny hole onto a thin, delicate piece of glass? No?

Unsurprisingly, neither can we. Lucky for all of us, we’ve found some very talented folks who can.

Years ago, sometime in the late 1990’s, at China’s world renowned Canton Trade Fair, Mike and Kappy met Mr. Liu, a sweet, unassuming, gifted painter.

Mr. Liu works for a small factory in China that does the most delicate of handiwork. Kappy, who has an eye and a soft spot for artisanal crafts, was on the hunt for something special to bring to ten-o.com’s Christmas gift offerings. She knew she had found something unique in Mr. Liu’s talent.

Mr. Liu is old school Chinese and doesn’t speak a word of English, so they spoke through a translator, a young kid. Even through a translator, you can get a feel for people. The translator’s words were accompanied by smiles and bows. Kappy could tell he wanted to communicate on his own and so did she, so she set about learning Mandarin Chinese, so she could talk with the folks that make the few things that aren’t made here in our Lithonia, GA HQ.

When she & Mike returned to China, Kappy greeted and spoke with Mr. Liu in his native language such that he was able to understand and communicate back using his own voice. He cried, moved that she had made such an effort to reach out to him. She cried, moved that she had succeeded in reaching him so deeply. It was such an emotional moment for both of them. It’s one of her favorite memories in her journey with GMR and one that adds one of the many layers of richness to the 18 year tradition of ten-o.com‘s ornament offerings.

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Lice make a louse-y practice: Fight Back!

lice 2Kids can say the darnedest things. They can be cute and funny and sometimes… they get head lice.

That’s not the cute and funny part of working with kids, but it does come with the territory for schools and gymnastics gyms and clubs alike.

The best thing to do is confront the problem head on (oh yeah, we said that!) and get ‘er done!

First, let’s orient ourselves to what’s real courtesy of our friends at the Centers for Disease Control located here in our home state of Georgia.

What are head lice?

The head louse, or Pediculus humanus capitis, is a parasitic insect that can be found on the head, eyebrows, and eyelashes of people. Head lice feed on human blood several times a day and live close to the human scalp. Head lice are not known to spread disease.

Who is at risk for getting head lice?

Head lice are found worldwide. In the United States, infestation with head lice is most common among pre-school children attending child care, elementary schoolchildren, and the household members of infested children. Although reliable data on how many people in the United States get head lice each year are not available, an estimated 6 million to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States among children 3 to 11 years of age.

Head lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly. Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. Anyone who comes in head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice is at greatest risk. Spread by contact with clothing (such as hats, scarves, coats) or other personal items (such as combs, brushes, or towels) used by an infested person is uncommon. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.

OK. That’s one myth debunked!

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Saving Men’s Collegiate Gymnastics

ASUTEAMCoverImageGymnastics, like music, art and other niche sports, has suffered greatly from educational budget cuts. Fewer high schools feature gymnastics programs. Kids are lucky, these days, if they get physical education (PE) at all. Cuts have hit so hard at the college level, the number of NCAA men’s gymnastics teams has gone from 270, only a few decades ago to just 16, now.

The sad and frustrating part is that enthusiasm for boys and men’s gymnastics continues to grow, but boys and men have fewer opportunities to pursue it on a competitive level, in a way that pairs gymnastics with an advanced education.

As the number of college teams has plummeted, so have scholarships to compete and attend school. That, in turn, makes for fewer educational opportunities for many male gymnasts’ who rely on athletic scholarships to offset the expense of college.

What we’re seeing is men who want to continue with gymnastics — while they’re bodies are in their prime — end up forced to choose between gymnastics and a higher education. Because of these cuts to teams and scholarships, male gymnasts are being deprived of opportunities to get an education on par with other athletes.

What ends up happening is that male gymnasts stay local and attend a community college, rather than a larger university, so they can still do gymnastics at their own club or gym. Fewer men at the larger, NCAA affiliated schools also leads to an impoverished NCAA field when good gymnasts get weeded out based on scholarship opportunities and scant team availability.

We spoke with a dedicated men’s gymnastics coach who’s taken a different tack to keep his athletes both in college and in the sport of gymnastics at a high skill level.

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