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Summertime is when the rubber hits the road for Mike and Kappy and the intrepid GMR team!
Since April, Mike and Kappy will have been to Alachua, FL for the Region 8 championships; (very) Hotlanta for the Region 8 mini-congress; Kansas City Missouri for the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show and out to Austin, Texas for the Gymnastics Association of Texas annual convention. 40 years in the business and they’ve still got it!
And, it’s soon to be coming to a southeastern gymnastics meet near you!
The national gymnastics congress is a big deal in gymnastics world. Gymnasts, coaches, parents gymnastics gym and club owners plus gymnastics industry apparel and equipment sellers come from the four corners of the US — and even sometimes from places further flung — to converge and converse in gymnastics. Clinics and classes on everything from business to body bio-mechanics are the main reasons gymnastics community folks come to Congress. Aside from those, there’s a chance to talk gym design and equipment with vendors, build relationships and maybe catch a selfie with an Olympian like Laurie Hernandez, if you’re really lucky and you wait in the huge line.
Also, there’s usually a massive, national gymnastics championship to attend. This year, it was the US National Championships which help shape the US national gymnastics team for the ultimate goal and challenge, The Olympic Games.
Mike and Kappy, Patty and Grant usually spend most of their time tucked away in the trade show hall. And, they always bring some of the best schwag – as no good trade show or gymnastics congress is complete without its share of odd gymnastics stuff to lug home. Pens, thumb drives, pads, water bottles… or if you’re cool like Mike and Kappy… Cotton Candy!
That’s right! 2019’s cool/weird schwag award goes to Ten-o/ByGMR for their new mat themed cotton candy give-away!
To score your cotton candy, you had to “Sqush the Cush”! (Seriously, this is so Kappy!) It’s a good excuse to give sugary goodness to the people and it’s a great way to tie in the softness of GMR’s new skill cushion mat. The Cotton Candy Cush That Gives the Sweet Landing!
Mike and Kappy attended the Region 8 Mini-Congress that was held in Atlanta this past June 28 – 30. If you’re not familiar with Congress or a Mini-Congress (where have you been?!), it’s a fantastic opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the gymnastics industry plus meet a lot of important industry vendors (GMR *hint hint*).
If we’re talking the National Congress or Congress, as it’s called, then you might just run into some gymnastics Olympic luminaries or see a major US Gymnastics competition. This year National Congress will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, August 9 – 11. Alongside, the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show (it’s super official, formal title) will be the 2019 United States National Championships. Attendees to Congress, are able to purchase these tickets at a reduced rate. Pretty sweet!
But we digress…
What happens at a regional mini-congress? A regional mini-congress is a great opportunity for folks of a particular geographic region to get together to teach and learn how to coach gymnastics, run a gym, run a meet and meet gymnastics industry vendors. The best part is that it’s within a modest driving distance because it’s always held within your gymnastics region or localized clumping of states. And, the entry fees are a bit cheaper.
For struggling gym clubs, that’s a big deal because its a lot easier for gym owners to bring more people to a location that’s closer to them for less money.
Mike and Kappy got lucky this year as the 2019 was held in Atlanta at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia which is only a little over 25 miles from GMR’s Lithonia HQ. That’s about 45 minutes, if the Atlanta Traffic Gods are being really nice.
This year Mike and Kappy saddled up the new GMR Trailer for its maiden voyage! Check out the fancy new wrap! Mike and Kappy hope to fire it up frequently and make it to more of your region 8 gymnastics meets. Besides price and proximity, mini-congress is a great opportunity for gymnastics coaches, gym club owners and devoted parents to connect.
We’re gonna do it. Mike and Kappy are gonna mess with Texas!
They’ll pack up our display of Every. Single. Grip. We. Sell. and head west! They’re bringin’ Rocky the Raccoon, wearing his little grips, to give away in raffle style drawings. They’re bringing some to sell for those not lucky enough to win. Rocky the Raccoon (a plushie wearing gymnastics grips of all things!) makes a wildly unique gift for your gymnast. Where else are you going to find a raccoon wearing grips? We ask you! (Well, our website, of course! and nowhere else!)
Or! For added action pop by to enter our Clue Game and get your entry into our drawing for a $300.00 Gift Certificate!
It’s that time again! We’re packing furiously, gearing up to get out in the gymnastics community for USA Gymnastics Congress 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island August 9-11th.
Unlike past years, there won’t be a major gymnastics competition alongside the conference and trade show, so we’re hoping that means we’ll get to spend extra time talking to coaches, club owners and gymnasts to learn more on what you like and what you need from your gymnastics industry professionals.
We love to answer folks’ questions about gym club design, gymnastics and cheer training equipment, designing or simply upgrading your existing gymnastics pit, gymnastics grips sizing or, well: Everything Gymnastics Since 1978! We celebrate Ten.0 and By GMR’s 40th anniversary this fall!
We’ve got a big booth planned for this year’s USA Gymnastics Congress Trade Show. We’re debuting four new products!
Come take a dip in our pit cube pool that features our new pit cube covers! Pit cube covers cut down on the proliferation of “pit fluffies” and will just generally keep things a lot cleaner around the pit. Our new Ten-o pit cube covers come with a cool water design that looks like sunlight reflected in a swimming pool giving your gym that water oasis paradise feel. If you like, we can custom make them to add your gym name into the design.
When you dip a hand or toe in our gymnastics pit cube pool, you fulfill one of your Golden Ticket Treasure Map tasks that play a part in your entry to win USA Congress 2018 super sweet gymnastics prizes.
Die pit fluffies! DIE!
Let’s see… What else can we fix? Oh! That’s right! Grips issues! Gymnastics grips help you stay on the bar and they help your skin stay on your palms. But, they can come with their own complications. Your grips’ finger holes grow looser with wear. Leather is tough on the wrist. Strap velcro can pop off at the most inopportune times and those little velcro hooks can snag your gorgeous, but not at all cheap, competition leotard.
Ten-o is always thinking, always thinking…
Rocky the Raccoon held the whole world captive with his amazing 25 floor ascent of the UBS Plaza Building in St. Paul, Minnesota this past June, 2018. We know raccoons are famous — at times, infamous, trouble-makin’ climbers. They scale trees and rockfaces, so why not buildings? They’ve got those irresistibly cute little hands!
But, come a little closer, gentle reader, we’ll let you in on what we think was the secret to his astounding 25-story Climb!
We bet Rocky was wearing his Ten-o grips!
Ten-o gymnastics grips are made with thick, strong leather that protects the wearer from the rigors of the activity in which they’re engaged. Maybe that leather protects the ripped up palms of a 12 year old gymnast swinging giants. Maybe it guards the teeny hands of daredevil, trash panda scaling one of the city’s tallest buildings!
It does beg the question… Was Rocky wearing a grip like a gymnastics palm grip that we recommend for beginner gymnasts who are just starting out? We do think this was his first building climb.
Palm grips let younger gymnasts get used to the feel of wearing something between their hands and the bars. Our Pixie and Gecko palm grips use a lighter weight “baby suede” whereas our 2nd Grip Palm Grips are the next step up. They employ a heavier leather preparing your young gymnasts for the “Big Gymnast” dowel grips.