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Shoot for the stars!

LITTLE-STARS-VAULT-BOARD_t109ls_R_241d3af0Successful gymnasts are forged in the gym with hours of practice, hard work, discipline and dedication. They start young and they put in the work.

Just like the big stars of gymnastics world: Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Gabbie Douglas, Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian. They started small.

Some will aim for college scholarships, meet victories, personal bests. Some will dream of the Olympics. Some kids just play after school with their friends and burn off energy without paying much attention to how much gymnastics brings them physically and socially. It’s all in good fun.

No matter which gymnasts you coach or who they will grow up to be, we know your goal is to capture their imagination in your gymnastics gym.

That’s why we’ve come out with the newest member of our equipment family: The Little Stars pre-school vault board!

This vault board *really* is for “Little Stars”. That is, it’s built for kids who are 50lbs. and under. It’s to get young imaginations flowing while their physical coordination is developing.

Rec programs, pre-school, special needs. Anyone under 50lbs. will delight in jumping on this 5 mini-spring, gorgeous star-carpeted vault board.

(Let them get the bouncing out of their system, safely in the gym, rather than on their bed or the couch at home!)

At 20 inches wide x 30 inches long, this is Goldielocks’ perfect sized vault board for younger gymnasts. The longer crown and shorter length are just the right dimensions to get small children’s muscles learning and remembering how to hurdle and punch.

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Individual Straps for Strapping Young Gymnasts

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?

Pair-of-Gymnastics-Training-Bar-Straps_bs932pr_R_2049db66Would 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.

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By GMR on the Spot!

They’ve mastered the the round-off-back-handspring, now they want to do the really BIG stuff. You can see they’ve got that fire in their spirit, but they’re a little afraid. What do you do?

Strap ‘em in and string ‘em up! One of the best sets of training wheels is the gymnastics spotting rig!

Over-Head-Spotting-RigA spotting rig is a set of ropes and pulleys suspended from the ceiling that are attached to a spotting belt which a coach uses to support gymnasts as they learn and execute flipping and twisting moves. Spotting rigs help gymnasts incorporate advanced elements that are used as part and parcel of a gymnast’s routine or as end bits that put the bang in a dismount for all sorts of gymnastic events such as uneven bars, beam, parallel bars, trampoline, floor and rings.

In addition, to your spotting rig’s many merits instilling flips and twists into muscle memory, spotting rigs are worth their weight in gold for what they do for your gymnasts’ mental state. Fear is a factor when it comes to gymnasts taking their first flights forwards, even more so, backward.

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Happy 40th Birthday, GMR!

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Oh Lordy! GMR’s 40!

And, we couldn’t be prouder of our company’s entrance into middle age! It’s hard fought and well-earned through an industry that has changed a great deal since we started that fateful 1st of September, 1978. Mike, The Old Gymnastics Guy, got the bald spot and creaky joints to prove it.

DawnBackhandTrainerSideAdsOur version of buying an expensive, red convertible this past year was we up and designed a sleek, innovative new mat, our Dawn Mat!

We streamlined our website to keep up with the trend of mobile devices, so that when you look at Ten-o on the go, everything is tailored for clarity and convenience. We trimmed our paper catalogue to just the highlights on our most popular products. We expanded our product lines to include re-selling equipment and parts offerings from all of the other major manufacturers in the business.

One of the benefits of Mike’s 40 years in the biz is that if you got a piece of equipment or a part you can’t identify: Mike can.

The-Basic-Mushroom_t182_R_1bee73e2Mike made the first Mushroom™ that went on to become an integral part of boy’s gymnastics training and a boy’s competition event in its own right.

He took the single bar trainer and made it the super space saver that makes it the single best piece of training equipment in your gym or club.

He took that tight, old pit tramp bed that wasn’t providing the deceleration of forces that protects athletes and loosened it up and made the Sag Bed Pit System that ensures your gymnasts are safer when training the risky skills that make gymnastics magic.

Mystery-Stocking-Stuffer-2017_mss2017_R_21a6fff2The industry has changed a lot over the years since Mike and Kappy put out the first catalogue, since they gave boys practical training apparel, since they brought grips to the US and put lycra in athletic wear… when they put stars in the eyes of young gymnasts who got gymnastics  themed gifts under their Christmas trees.

GMR Gymnastics Sales is the only company that did or does Everything for Gymnastics — since 1978! From equipment to mats to apparel to pits to gifts to grips to designing your entire gym, we bring 40 years of experience to bear on your investments big and small.

Mike started out as a gymnast in the ’60’s. He went on to coach for 15 years. GMR stands for George Mike Raines. It grew out of his tiny apartment into a 32,000 square foot warehouse and corporate office space in Lithonia, Georgia. Every minute of these 40 years has been a labor of love.

We have YOU to thank for it.

We are grateful for your enduring trust and support as you rely on us to equip your gyms, clothe your gymnasts, sag your pit beds and design your gymnastics club facilities.

IMG_1093The gymnastics club market started in 1976, so 1978 was a great time to get in on the action and help grow the sport that means so much to Mike and Kappy and the rest of the ByGMR staff.

It’s been a privilege to cheer on so many young gymnasts as they compete against their fears, then grow up to coach and keep the sport alive through growing gym club businesses of their own.

We love answering your questions about how to install those rings, how to best utilize the space you’ve got and how to route the flow of your gym around the column in the middle of the building. Our customers and this sport are everything.

Thank you for our 40 years together. Thank you for Everything Gymnastics Since 1978.

It Dawned On Us…

What our coaches and athletes need is a multi-purpose training mat which features a built-in 24 inch high spotting block attached to an incline that transitions down to a lower end that is still 12 inches high.

Most wedge shaped mats of this shape transition all the way down to a 2 inch lower end. However, our new “Dawn Mat”, named after Coach Dawn Campos who came to us with the custom matting request, allows a soft, skill cushion to be positioned at the end of the incline.

That 12 inch low end butting up to the softer skill cushion matters because it allows for that softer landing so important to gymnastics drills and new skill acquisition. The Dawn Mat can be used in the either the horizontal or vertical position for training variety of optional and compulsory skills!

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Who You Gonna Call?

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Mike Raines.

39 years in the gymnastics equipment manufacturing business + 17 years coaching men’s gymnastics + 7 years as a competitive gymnast + 4 years judging men’s gymnastics…

Gives Mike a edge others just can’t offer.

Mike’s designed and helped gym owners design hundreds of gymnastics gyms over what will be 40 years this September. He would like to share the benefit of that experience with you. He loves this stuff!

Mike said, “Let’s write a blog post about how people can call me on my cell, anytime. I don’t have office hours.”

I said, “Well, Mike. We probably shouldn’t put your cellphone number on the Internet. There are programs that scan for stuff like that; plus, it’s the Internet, things can get weird.”

So, we decided we’d write the post to say that folks who have gymnastics gym questions can call the office number 1-800-241-9249 ext. 226, and from there, they can get his cell, if you need to reach him after regular business hours. Though, truth be told, you might reach him at his extension on the weekend, anyway. He’s often there on a Saturday when it’s quiet.

Of course, if you’re one of those people who hates the phone, he’s available via email, too!

Some of his 39 years in the gymnastics equipment industry include the 17 years he spent in a gymnastics gym coaching men’s gymnastics and his 4 years judging. He wanted to be sure and say that some of the aforementioned years were concurrent.

Mike: “I’m not Methuselah!” Lol.

Those years did teach Mike how gyms work; how they work best. When you own and operate a gymnastics gym, you want life in your club to flow! A gymnastics gym is a dynamic place: with its classes, kids and coaches; parents, parties; sales and merch; meets, events; everything from elite athlete training to recreational fun and parents nights out and all that a gym brings to a community, a gym’s got to run like a train station in Zurich.

Safety is just as mission critical to the gym, as it is to a train station when you’ve got tons of kids going as hard as they can, in all different directions. The marriage of gymnastics equipment manufacture and coaching taught Mike how to operate a gym safely. A big portion of your gym’s safety lies in a gym’s design and the way your equipment is laid out across the floor plan.

Buy the right equipment. Get it laid out for maximum efficiency and safety. Get it installed properly. Keep it maintained safely. Call Mike.

Got questions about what you need for your cheer program? Your kid’s rec program? Preschool, martial arts, dance, barre fitness, dance? Ask Mike.

If you’re putting in a new pit and need the specs for the concrete or you want to upgrade from the outdated, tight trampoline bed to our Sag Bed Pit system for better deceleration, Call Mike.

Mike can help you figure out which mats are right for you, source the right part for those AAI or Spieth America bars that need tweaking — we sell By GMR as well as all the major manufacturers of gymnastics equipment—. He’s an expert in logistics and can get you what you need – fast – the cheapest way possible. He can easily walk you through an installation.

Mike’s nigh on 40 years in gymnastics will make you feel right at home asking that complex question that can’t be categorized, but will make total sense when you lay it out with Mike on the phone.

Don’t Break Your Mother’s Heart.

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With every gymnastics pit system we design or sell, we always send along a gym pit warning poster that lists pit safety protocols. We recommend gyms, clubs or schools that train gymnasts using a gymnastics pit post these safety protocols near their pit, so that coaches and gymnasts will see it and be reminded that training acrobatic skills into a pit can be dangerous and is not to be taken lightly just because it’s commonly done in the sport of gymnastics.

Several of these protocols are self-explanatory, but some of the reasoning behind them might not be so obvious to the newbie coach or athlete or to their parents, so we thought we’d do this post to talk a little about our gym pit safety protocols and what reasoning lies behind them in the hopes that knowing they WHY behind these safety principles will help keep more folks safe out there.

  1. Use the pit only under supervision of a gymnastics professional.
  2. Always make sure the foam is adequately fluffed before using the pit. There should be a mountain of cubes to the point of overflowing the edge of the pit. The foam should be fluffed up after every 3 to 5 entries.

If your pit doesn’t look like a mountain of cubes, then that could indicate the cubes are compressed or that you don’t have enough cubes in the pit. Having a pit which doesn’t have enough cubes or whose foam pit cubes are compressed will not displace or absorb the incoming forces of the gymnast’s body and thus will not offer the cushioned landing or slowing down that a pit is there to provide. Landing into a pit full of compressed foam cubes would be like landing onto just a big block of foam.

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