Let the ‘Luck of the Irish’ reward your gymnasts this St. Patrick’s Day!
The smallest things can mean the most to children. Especially, if it comes from a beloved and trusted gymnastics coach whose approval and guidances makes the world go ‘round.
Our Lucky Coins make a great gift for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. They’re actual, real coins made with brightly colored, traditional St. Patrick’s Day colors like Green, of course, red and gold. They’re perfect for little hands to hold and fidget. They make excellent show and tell pieces. Each girl can talk to her teammates about the gymnastics skills achievement that merited her receiving the coin. Or, teammates can show each other what events or qualities their honing through the physical reminder of the coin she keeps in her gym bag.
Each girl’s gymnastics event is represented by its own St. Paddy’s Day good luck charm: Vault, Beam, Floor and Uneven Bars. Essential qualities for girl’s gymnastics like Focus, Grace and Power are also spotlighted with their own coin which will serve as a cute and friendly, physical reminder of areas she on which she should concentrate to advance her gymnastics skills and performance. Or, you could give them out as little medals for improvement in each gymnastics event or area of focus.
St. Paddy’s Day makes a great night to offer a Parents’ Night Out evening at your gym. Parents get to go out and blow off some steam on a night for pro partiers; you gain a little extra revenue on an evening you can use to keep the kids busy with a fun themed games! This site lists 17 fun Irish themed, St. Patrick’s Day games you and your kids can use to make a night of it.
Love honing your bar game, but worrying about peeling off the bar… maybe… not so much? We can help!
We now sell our super, solid, gymnastics training bar straps in individual pairs!
Of course, we still offer our 8-pair packs that come color coded by length, so each athlete or age class can find the straps that are just right for them. They’re part and parcel of gymnastics training equipment gyms keep on hand for all their gymnastics bar flies!
However, after hearing from gymnastics club owners, parents and gymnasts seeking to keep their own personal bar straps at the ready, in the color coded length they’re used to from their gym’s stash, we’ve begun offering them in pairs for individual sale.
No longer will you have to scour the gym searching for the green or the pink pair you prefer. Is it, maybe, under that pile of mats in the corner? Or are they deep in a random bucket of grips, wrist bands, scrunchies and whathaveyou’s?
Would you like your very own pair of gymnastics bar straps rather than the common use pair coated in every cootie that’s snuck in the gym and started a throat scratch and a sniffle? Keep your goo to yourself with your own pair of gymnastics training bar straps — found right where you think they are: in your gym bag!
Gymnastics training bar straps take the pressures off of swinging giants by helping gymnasts stay attached to the bar by nature of being strapped to it.
Bar straps are worn bare-handed with no grips, one on each wrist, secured, comfortably over a wrist band. They work in conjunction with a PVC tube that slides over the steel, high bar which is the only type rail that you should use when working with training bar straps. Please don’t try to use them on a women’s uneven rail or with grips. By the way, never use your uneven bar grips or men’s ring grips on a steel bar. They’re too long! It’s not safe.
Need a little extra height when spotting gymnasts at the vault table? Our anchor mat for the Choco vault table puts you in the perfect position to correct and guide your gymnasts through the best body alignment for excellence and safety when vaulting.
Gymnasts hit a vault table at high speed and with a lot of force! You certainly wouldn’t want the landing mat to slide out from under your athletes when they land their vault. Our anchor mat takes all of the worry off your shoulders by connecting and securely attaching the landing mat to the under-the-table vault mat using super secure velcro connectors at the end of the mat.
Our ByGMR anchor mat makes the perfect complement to your By GMR Choco Vault Table due to its special design. We’ve cut out an area of the mat underneath, so that the legs and base of the vault table fit snug and secure beneath it. Everything lays perfectly flat!
The two pictures below illustrate the recessed areas where each underside of the mat fits over the base and legs of your vault table. Your vault table anchor mat fits flat over the base and legs and wraps around the center of your table which is accommodated by the middle hole. Wide lengths of velcro’d belts stretch out from either side anchoring the mat and the table down firm and flat.
The vault table anchor mat measures 48in. x 96in. x12cm (4.75”) or, rather, is 4 feet by 8 feet is 4 3/4 inches thick. Nice and wide, nice and firm. Super secure. Slide the mat over the base of the table. Connect and anchor your landing mat with the attached velcro straps and you’re good to go!
If you like, you can get your vault table anchor mat and competition landing mat in custom colors to match the rest of your gym or gymnastics team’s colors. We’ve thought of everything!
Flips, turns and aerials on a 4 inch gymnastics competition beam can be intimidating to even the most advanced and skilled of athletes. For the itty bitty kids, after school rec kids or gymnasts with special needs, a regular sized 4 inch beam can feel even more daunting or just be out of reach.
But, what if that beam were 4 inches wider? Think of the possibilities?!
Our carpeted beam pads turn any low or high competition sized beam into a 8 inch hot dog beam. Expanding the width of your existing beam, expands the possibilities for every kid in your gym without gym owners having to expand their budget to purchase a separate and wider beam.
Gymnasts at every level will welcome the opportunity to widen their horizons; as well as their skill set on a beam that helps allay their fears while they venture to learn something new or work difficult drills.
Gymnasts at any level can, temporarily, switch up their focus to hone different elements of skills old and new or practice stitching together a new routine with less worry about that, ya know, whole the falling off part.
We spoke with Allison from Douglasville Gymnastics about how she uses her carpeted beam pads and what she likes about them. She told us she uses them in the rec room and the preschool room for kids in age ranges from 18 months to 14 years. She says they’re sturdy and they make the beam easy to grab from underneath when doing forward rolls. She never takes them off!
Simply put, carpeted beam pads puts beam work within the reach of gymnasts who are less wise to the ways of a 4 inch width by giving them some breathing room.
Valentine’s Day is a fantastic opportunity to bring a little love and light into the hearts of your gymnasts and coaches!
February the 14th falls on a Thursday this year (2019). While it’s not a weekend night, it’s still great evening to throw a Parent’s Night Out party at your gymnastics club or gym allowing for parents to sneak in a date night and catch a break from the kids. As you know, Parent’s Nights Out can sneak a little extra revenue into your bottom line — and who couldn’t use a little more of that?
Make it a party and everyone’s happy! The gymnasts in this video introduce a neat little set of “Valentine’s Challenges” that you and your gymnast can do at home or you and your army of gymnasts can do at your gym to mark the occasion. We’ve included the video below, so you can see for yourself or share with your little valentine, but the gist of it is to pair a pile of Valentine’s oriented activities with gymnastics skills.
Examples of the Valentine’s ideas include: eat chocolate, give hugs, wear pink or red, recite poems… You could throw in a game of name celebrity couples in or outside of gymnastics, like Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci or Aly Raisman and Tim Schafler. Your gymnast denizens of the ‘gymternet are pretty likely up to date on who’s dating or crushing on whom among gymnastics luminaries.
Gymnasts as ninjas? It’s the perfect career path! Agility, strength and the ability to flip at whim all reside comfortably in the gymnast’s wheelhouse. But, where to hone these stealth ninja skills?
These last few years, gymnastics clubs have seen an ever increasing demand for ninja action classes in their gyms. What is ninja in the gymnastics context? Well, what we call ninja also goes by parkour and free running in the wider world.
Parkour comes from the French word “parcours” which means running from one point to another in the quickest, most direct way — no matter the obstacle. In fact! It’s the obstacles that make it all the more challenging and fun!
To meet your ninja needs, we’ve added more obstacles (mats and climbing rigs), so YOUR GYM can serve your parkour public! Ninja birthday parties are all the rage with the kids meaning they’re great gym club money makers. Adults, too, are getting in on the action as the popularity of the American Ninja Warrior television show rises.
2018 was an extra special year for us at GMR Gymnastics Sales; in that we celebrated our 40th year in the gymnastics gear and equipment business! We are so blessed to work to support the beautiful, strong and graceful sport of gymnastics that brings so much grace to the lives it touches. These 40 years we’ve literally a labored in love.
None of which would be possible without the coaches, gymnasts and gym owners that are the backbone of gymnastics. We learn from you all the time and love it when we get an opportunity to collaborate for the benefit of gymnasts. Last year, we had the honor of working with Coaches Dawn Campos and Danelle Catlett of Solid Rock Gymnastics LINK to create the Dawn Mat. The Dawn Mat offers a built-in spotting deck attached to a downward slope that is still 12 inches from the ground. This one of a kind wedge shape lets you position a skill cushion at the end of the mat for softer landings. Used horizontally or vertically, it’s super versatile for a variety of skill drills. For more info and video of many of the skills you can train using this unique GMR/Coach mat collabo, do check out this post.
Mat-wise, we’ve also updated the colors on our gymnastics trapezoid mat. For spotting or vaulting, our height adjustable trapezoids now come in the fun new colors: orange, purple, lime green, blue.
Last year, on Facebook, we asked our gymnastics community friends what YOU could use in your gymnastics practice. Based on your feedback, we developed the S-band and the #3 to help you keep your gymnastics grips in place. Less fiddling, more swinging!