Advice for Gymnasts

Injury Prevention For Lower Back Pain

Introducing Dani from Edgeworth Physio! Dani graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2012, and and she works mostly with ...
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How To Do A Handstand To Chest Roll

A handstand to chest roll is a great skill to learn when transitioning from a standing position, to laying flat ...
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Best Balance Exercises for Gymnasts

One of the biggest components that contributes to the sport of gymnastics is balance. Balance is defined as the body's ...
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Moon Walkover Tips & Variations

The moon walkover is an integral skill for both dance and acro students. In order to perform this movement, athletes ...
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Why It’s Good For Kids to Compete in a Gymnastics Competition

Competing in gymnastics or any other competitive sport is highly recommended to kids of all ages. It provides a rewarding ...
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Motivational and Inspirational Gymnastics Quotes

On a surface level, gymnastics is a complex sport that requires strength, flexibility and agility. But it also requires athletes ...
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Tips to Master Your Handstand with Flying Yogis

Are you struggling to do a handstand? Don't worry! Yogi Amanda & Little Yogi Rani is here to help you ...
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Gymnastics Competition Prep Tips for Parents and Gymnasts

Competitions can be nerve-racking even for the most seasoned competitors (and their parents too) – so we thought we would ...
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How To Strap an Ankle using Rigid Tape

According to Nationwide Children's, a blog written by pediatric experts, most studies show that using tape can significantly decrease the incidence ...
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How To Strap a Knee: Rigid vs. Kinesiology Tape

In the second episode of our Strapping Tape Series, we welcome back Bri Ritchie, a Strength and Conditioning Coach and ...
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Things To Do These Easter School Holidays

With lockdowns now a mere memory and restrictions lifted means that there are more opportunities to get out and have ...
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How to Strap a Wrist: Kinesiology vs Rigid Tape

Comp season is well and truly amongst us! It is important for athletes and coaches to understand how to strap ...
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Backward Roll Extension Drills

A back extension roll is an important skill progression. The motion of lifting your body with your shoulders extended is ...
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Exercises to Improve Mobility for Gymnasts

Mobility is the ability to move freely without any additional strain or tension on the joints. It will allow an ...
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Benefits of Flexibility

Stretching your muscles and joints offers various physical benefits, most especially in the sport of gymnastics. It allows your muscles ...
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Strength and Conditioning for Handstands

Handstands are a movement that is very common within the sport of gymnastics, acrobatics and cheerleading. They build the basic ...
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Skills You Can Do On Your Gym Mat

Gym mats are essential for safety in various practice and drill situations, not just tumbling! They are versatile pieces of ...
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Gymnastics Pre-Season Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

The competitive year for the sport of gymnastics is well and truly underway! This is when everything learnt and gained ...
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Moon Bridge Drills With Neophyte Performance

Bridges are an essential skill to master in the sport of gymnastics. This exercise has several variations and is a great way to ...
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Getting Back into Training After A Long Break

There is no doubt that the pandemic has changed our daily routines, and trying to be consistent with our fitness ...
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Best Core Exercises You Can Do At Home

A strong core is way more vital than an abdominal six-pack! Keeping our core muscles strong and doing appropriate core ...
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Starting Gymnastics? Here’s 5 Things You Need to Know

Is your little one looking to start up gymnastics next year? Not entirely sure where to start in regards to ...
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Recovery Nutrition with Charli Robinson

Introducing Sports Nutritionist Charli Robinson from Thrive Nutrition Co! Charli specialises in helping athletes of all levels, from your average ...
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Parallettes Exercises for Beginners

Parallettes or parallel bars are essential pieces of equipment for gymnastics and calisthenics. They are a versatile tool for building your ...
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Best Gymnastics Bar For Your Gymnast

A horizontal bar is an apparatus used within various elements of artistic gymnastics. Examples of such are Uneven Bar (WAG), ...
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How to do a Press Handstand

A press handstand is a handstand that can be performed from either a standing or sitting position, and essentially is ...
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Positive Affirmations for Gymnasts

For the last year or so, Australia has been in and out of lockdowns which have had a significant impact ...
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How to Use Yoga Blocks for Beginners

Yoga Blocks are utilised within the practice of yoga for those who are struggling with their flexibility or for those ...
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5 Flexibility Trainer Strap Exercises

Gymnastics Direct's Flexibility Trainer Strap is the perfect training aid for at home. It allows gymnasts, dancers, or cheerleaders to condition, maintain ...
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Cheer Conditioning at Home

To help maintain strength and flexibility, it's important for young cheerleaders to condition at home. The Gym Spot has put together ...
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Kip Variations

A kip is a technique usually performed on the women's uneven bars and is an integral part of gymnastics. Gymnasts ...
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The Benefits of Yoga with Emma Chapman

This week, we introduce Emma Chapman, yoga teacher at Fitness Playground in Marrickville. Emma has been teaching and practising yoga ...
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5 Beam Drills You Can Do At Home

Want to master those beam skills but have no idea where to begin? The Gym Spot has put together some ...
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How to do a Backward Roll with Neophyte Performance

A backward roll is a staple movement in gymnastics and a basic skill to master. It might seem simple in ...
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How to Use An Incline Mat to Ace Those Acro Drills

Incline gymnastics mats or wedges are very versatile in regards to gymnastics, acro, cheerleading, dance and tumbling. They come in ...
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Kip Drills You Can Do at Home

The kip is a necessary skill that a gymnast must master when it comes to excelling within gymnastics. Gymnasts need ...
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6 Strength and Conditioning Exercises You Can Do at Home

Australian Representative and 2021 Australian National Champion on Rings Jack Riek looks at some simple, yet effective at-home conditioning exercises that will ...
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Best Exercises to Improve your Gymnastics Skills at Home

Are you currently in lockdown? Is your club currently closed? Don't have access to any or have minimal equipment? Don't ...
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Strength And Conditioning For Gymnasts

This week we talked to Maddison Beel, Director of Neophyte Performance and an Advanced Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Coach currently living on ...
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How To Do a Handstand Forward Roll

Phil who specialises in gymnastics based strength, stability and skill development at Peak Gymnastics shows us how to do a ...
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Functional Training with Katrina Sweeney

The Gym Spot sits down with Katrina Sweeney, community based OT visiting clients under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) ...
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How to manage a Hip Injury with Physio, Liam Penglaze

Liam Penglaze, Physiotherapist at PhysioStudio, answers one of our followers' questions via Instagram. Check it out below! In this video, ...
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Get to Know: Jack Riek

In the past, The Gym Spot has reached out to elite gymnast Jack Riek on more than one occasion, whether ...
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Floor Bar Skills and Drills for Beginners

The Gym Spot has complied the best skills and drills for your Floor Bar, whether it be at home or ...
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Rehabilitation and its process with Liam Penglaze

You may hear about this a lot when it comes to training. But how much do you actually know about ...
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Nutrition for Gymnasts with Kieran Woodford

This week we talked to Nutrition and Dietetics Student, Kieran Woodford about the role nutrition plays in an athlete's strength, ...
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Tips For Recovering Mentally After A Sports Injury with Jeff B.J. Edwards

Sports injuries are common, particularly in high-intensity and demanding sports like gymnastics. Regardless of the injury, both physical and psychological ...
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Best Gymnastics equipment at home

Best Gymnastics Equipment for Home Use

COVID-19 has changed the way a lot of us train since the closure of gyms, cheer stadiums and gymnastics clubs ...
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Measures to Reduce the Risk of an Injury

The Gym Spot talks to Liam Penglaze, a Physiotherapist at the PhysioStudio in the Hunter Valley, about how athletes and ...
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Air Track Drills To Improve Your Tumbling

Are you a bit stuck on your tumbling routines? Don't stress, The Gym Spot is here to help you. Whilst ...
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Gymnastics Movies That Will Inspire You

Want to feel inspired in your training? Then watch these gymnastics movies! They will be guaranteed to inspire you! My ...
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How to get through the Hump Day Slump

We know what you're probably thinking- it's the middle of the week and it is going soooooo slow. Whether you're ...
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Setting Goals You’ll Actually Meet

Trust us, we know. Setting goals can be pretty daunting, let alone actually following through with them. Here are some ...
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How to do an Aerial for Beginners

An aerial is potentially one of the most complex skills you may learn whilst participating in the sport of Gymnastics ...
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4 Ways to Improve Flexibility

It's important to take the time and effort in improving your flexibility, especially with gymnastics being one of the sports ...
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The Benefits of Gymnastics

So many individuals are now becoming part of the Gymnastics community - Why is that? The Gym Spot looks at ...
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5 Healthy Morning Habits

How you start your morning determines the tone for the rest of your day. Here are some 5 healthy morning habits ...
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10 Gym Bag Essentials

Having everything you need within reach when practising gymnastics is very important. These are some items that you should always ...
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5 Healthy Snacks for Gymnasts

Gymnasts need constant refuelling when practising gymnastics not only for muscle repair and recovery but also for growth and development ...
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10 Beginner Gymnastics Skills You Should Master

1. Splits Doing the splits is impressive. But it's one of the most demanding exercises to learn. There are several ...
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5 Easy Tips to improve your Cartwheel!

Ahhh cartwheels. What's not to love? I don't think us gymnasts appreciate anything quite as much a good ol', well ...
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Conditioning at home with Jack Riek

Australian Representative, Jack Riek talks about the importance of keeping up a base of physical conditioning at home during isolation ...
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Breathing techniques for Calm and Focus with Dr. Sue Jackson

This week, Dr. Sue Jackson takes a look at the ways breathing techniques can benefit athletes in achieving a calm ...
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Find the Perfect Air Track for your Gymnast

Are you (or your child) involved in cheerleading, gymnastics or acrobatics? Chances are you have come across an air track ...
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Brand Ambassadors

Brand ambassadors offer countless benefits to both businesses, consumers and the ambassadors themselves. As a way of providing positive word ...
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Positive Mental Preparation for Competition with Dr. Sue Jackson

Positive mental preparation leading up to competitions  Does mental prep make a difference? To know if mental preparation and planning ...
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Overcoming Mental Blocks with Dr. Sue Jackson

To start with, I recommend not owning (or using) the phrase “mental block”; use more neutral and forward-thinking language such ...
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Advice on Working Through Injuries with Sports Psychologist, Dr. Sue Jackson

Listen to your body. Don’t ignore signals that your body is giving you about your ability to move through a ...
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Staying Positive during Injury Recovery

It’s every gymnast’s worst nightmare –an injury that forces you to take time off to recover and press pause on ...
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Training Tips from Australian Representative Jack Riek

Elite level gymnast Jack Riek knows the ins and outs of the gymnastics world and the challenges that come with ...
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How to prepare for a Gymnastics Competition –mental, physical and dietary advice.

Competition day can be daunting and overwhelming, especially if you're feeling underprepared! We've compiled some information to assist you in ...
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How to attract a brands attention on Social Media

If you’ve read our previous article on running a successful Gymnastics Instagram, you’ll understand the value of having a positive ...
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How to run a successful Gymnast Instagram…#gymstagram

In the age of the internet, social media is the ideal tool to help you advertise yourself and what you ...
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