For a long time, I've had a personal goal of being able to do a backflip. Now I'm getting serious about learning how to, and I realize I have no idea where to go. I'm looking for a place that has instructors I can pay for private lessons that will help me achieve this goal quickly. I'm in reasonable physical condition (male, 6', 195 lbs, and I swing kettlebells a lot). I'm in Milwaukee, WI.
posted by philosophygeek
on Oct 13, 2013 -
I'm the program developer at a gymnastics club, and my latest assignment has be wracking my brain. We have outside daycare groups come and visit us once a week for around an hour, and my boss wants us to add on an additional activity to make us a more appealing choice. Help? [more inside]
posted by hasna
on Jan 29, 2013 -
My children's school implemented a no "gymnastics" policy at recess, including somersaults, cartwheels, and the splits. On the grassy area where they are allowed, they can sit but cannot put their hands down. My child loves gymnastics and is devastated. The reason for the policy is that one child injured her wrist while attempting a cartwheel. I would like to have some data to take to the PTA about why this is an overreaction to one incident. Sure children can get injured by doing cartwheels, they can also trip and fall but we don't tell them they cannot walk. Any thoughts?
posted by turtlefu
on Sep 11, 2012 -
Which group of athletes is further from the center of the bell curve distribution for height: Olympic gymnasts or NBA players?
posted by Trurl
on Jun 4, 2012 -
I'm going to the Senior Women's Final of the Visa US Gymnastics Championships
tonight. I was an avid gymnastics fan through around 1988, but a lot has changed since then. I always watch it during the Olympics and I have to admit I never bothered to try to understand the new system. Is there someone who could give me a cliff notes version of how the scoring works?
posted by missmerrymack
on Aug 20, 2011 -
Our son has a wrist bone injury that means he will have to stop training (12-16h/week) for competitive gymnastics. He's 11, medium height and slightly built, very co-ordinated, fast and strong. He loves being on a team and competitions, and did very well at gymnastics for the past five years. What are alternative sports to consider for him besides competitive diving? We're looking for sports that don't stress wrists, e.g. no tennis. Both of us are very unsporty, so we're scratching our heads over what would be fun for a jock kid. We're in Singapore in the tropics.
posted by viggorlijah
on Jul 18, 2011 -
In this YouTube video
linked over at kottke today, we see some astonishing gymnastic 'dancing' by the Ross Sisters in 'Solid Potato Salad'. But some of it just seems beyond belief -the scene in the wagon ... and the apple in the hayloft (!). Was this for real, or was there camera trickery involved?
posted by woodblock100
on Aug 11, 2010 -
Mixtape Filter: Songs about competition, athletics, and sportsmanship - mostly with an Olympic-Gymnastics bent?
posted by The Whelk
on Feb 24, 2010 -
How do Olympic gymnasts (and other gymnasts at the elite level) train for their routines? Do they break their choreography into segments? Is there a set, systematic schedule or program used across the sport? A way to measure their progress? How might this compare (or apply) to the way a musician might prepare for an audition or a competition? [more inside]
posted by Busoni
on Jul 30, 2009 -
I am trying to recall a book that was published for twelve-year-old girls in the mid-1980s or earlier; a YA book, I suppose. It was about gymnasts who were anorexic and pushed too hard by their coach. On the cover was a painting or drawing of girls in leotards on a chessboard. It was a wonderful book and I cannot remember its title. [more inside]
posted by adamfaux
on Jun 21, 2009 -
Yoga, martial arts, gymnastics, parkour, something else?! I'm looking to get more flexible, strong, healthy, and to have fun. What are the long term consequences of any of these activities (studies, anecdotes, etc)? Which should I do? (Bonus points if in Boston, but not necessary) [more inside]
posted by losvedir
on Dec 20, 2008 -
I want to be able to do the splits. Please tell me if this is realistic, and if so, the best way to go about doing it. [more inside]
posted by ohio
on Mar 17, 2008 -
Did the rules governing the high jump change because of what gymnasts were able to do? [more inside]
posted by Tube
on Jan 23, 2008 -
How much work would it take for me to learn to be able to tumble and somersault? [more inside]
posted by Glum
on Jul 18, 2006 -
Yes, it is a 'what was that movie that I can only remember one scene of?' thread...Featuring the 1980's (I think). [more inside]
posted by nadawi
on Jun 12, 2006 -
Some time ago I saw two male gymnasts on a late night talk show (I think) who did a routine where they lifted eachother and twisted their bodies in amazing ways -- all at EXTREMELY slow speed. Anyone know who these guys are?
posted by treebjen
on Aug 26, 2004 -
Where can I find online/downloadable video clips of Nadia Comaneci's "Perfect 10" gymnastics routines from 1976? The TV networks sometimes show tiny bits of the footage during women's gymnastics events, but I've never seen any of the routines all the way through.
posted by Asparagirl
on Aug 20, 2004 -
Why does the Olympics men's gymnastics "floor exercise" event not incorporate music, while the same event in women's does? The women's event seems more "dancey", but it looks like they both exhibit the same set of skills. What gives?
posted by majcher
on Aug 16, 2004 -