Anonymous → another anon just asked you about summer/winter training. I went to high school in New Orleans, and my gym was an old warehouse. It technically had ac, but it was never run - we just used bigass fans. I have zero recollection of ever caring about the heat, so I don't think it was an issue? Our practices were either early morning or after 6pm, so it was never during the scorching parts of the day.

I had morning practices starting at 8am, so they really weren’t *that* bad. It got hot but it wasn’t excruciating.

Unfortunately, at my gym the team practices at all different times of day (older girls in the morning at 8, younger ones at like 1, and Xcel at 3:30), and so far the hottest I’ve seen the thermostat in the gym this summer is 92 degrees, which is still pretty hot for my standards. And lucky me, I get to be there all day?

20 hours ago



We went from 10k hits over the first 72 hours to 10k hits SINCE THIS MORNING.

we comin for you gymnastike

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sosnitskaya:

I was watching  ncaa nationals efs 2k13 and accidentally paused on the sassiest still 

sosnitskaya:

I was watching  ncaa nationals efs 2k13 and accidentally paused on the sassiest still 

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"I was told
The average girl begins to plan her wedding at the age of 7
She picks the colors and the cake first
By the age of 10 
She knows time,
And location
By 17
She’s already chosen a gown
2 bridesmaids
And a maid of honor
By 23 
She’s waiting for a man
Who wont break out in hives when he hears the word “commitment”
Someone who doesn’t smell like a Band-Aid drenched in lonely
Someone who isn’t a temporary solution to the empty side of the bed
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To be honest
I don’t know what kind of tux I’ll be wearing
I have no clue what want my wedding will look like
But I imagine
The women who pins my last to hers
Will butterfly down the aisle
Like a 5 foot promise
I imagine
Her smile
Will be so large that you’ll see it on google maps
And know exactly where our wedding is being held
The woman that I plan to marry
Will have champagne in her walk
And I will get drunk on her footsteps
When the pastor asks
If I take this woman to be my wife
I will say yes before he finishes the sentence
I’ll apologize later for being impolite
But I will also explain him
That our first kiss happened 6 years ago
And I’ve been practicing my “Yes”
For past 2, 165 days
When people ask me about my wedding
I never really know what to say
But when they ask me about my future wife
I always tell them
Her eyes are the only Christmas lights that deserve to be seen all year long
I say
She thinks too much
Misses her father
Loves to laugh
And she’s terrible at lying
Because her face never figured out how to do it correctly
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If my alarm clock sounded like her voice
My snooze button would collect dust
I tell them
If she came in a bottle
I would drink her until my vision is blurry and my friends take away my keys
If she was a book
I would memorize her table of contents
I would read her cover-to-cover
Hoping to find typos
Just so we can both have a few things to work on
Because aren’t we all unfinished?
Don’t we all need a little editing?
Aren’t we all waiting to be proofread by someone?
Aren’t we all praying they will tell us that we make sense
She don’t always make sense
But her imperfections are the things I love about her the most
I don’t know when I will be married
I don’t know where I will be married
But I do know this
Whenever I’m asked about my future wife
I always say
…She’s a lot like you"
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official team leotard for the country of Catistan

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Anonymous → Fave blogs??

So many ahhhh

jyosef (bestie <3),  forcedrhyme, mybffnastiaaa, bekahthegymfan, spannytampson because YAY THEGYMTER.NET <3

gymnastics: thepushyqueenofsluttown, warrior-skyscraper, starkofwinterfell, aliewa, dancingdingledodies, wats-good-gabby,

non-gymnastics: wildchiver (fiance hehe), mothermakemegoldagain, sharpbriar

these are just off the top of my head, there are a lot of great people/blogs out there :]

21 hours ago with 10 notes



HOLY SHIT I JUST SCREAMED AT THE HUGE CRACK OF THUNDER

I LOVE IT

22 hours ago



Anonymous → Bit of a random question but do you alter your gymnasts practices for summer/winter? In terms of keeping warm/not overheating? I know some gyms don't have air con so do they not have heating either? Is there more chance of injury in winter due 2 cold

Most gyms don’t have air conditioning. I think I’ve only been in 2 gyms that do? And I’ve been in a lot of gyms over the past 18 years. Our lobby/office is air conditioned, but not the actual gym area. Even if a gym has no AC, it’s definitely still heated in the winter. If it isn’t any heat, there’s a big problem and they probably shouldn’t be running practices.

Summer practices are skill/strength based. They are working towards getting new skills and building up their strength. We do a lot more conditioning and drilling. If it’s a really hot day, I go a little easier on the cardio and give them frequent water breaks. We definitely don’t skip out on conditioning just because it’s hot though.

Winter practices are more routine/refinement based, as it is right in the middle of competition season. They work more routines/parts of routines rather than individual skills.

22 hours ago



"

A man came to our class once,
he claimed to be a fair judge
with daughters he loved.

He asked a question to the class:
“When should a minor be tried
as an adult?”
and students began raising their hand

“murder”
he wrote it up on the board.

“robbery”
he wrote it up on the board.

I said, “Rape”
and he paused, he asked
for clarification

“You mean violent rape?”

“no I mean rape.
It is all the same.”

he looked to a boy
who said “rape only if
he used a weapon and
hurt her.”

and I said, “rape is rape,
whether his weapon is a knife,
drugs, or guilt. She said no.”

he shook his head,
and wrote
“Violent rape” on the board
anyways.

I never understood,
because you can kill somebody
quietly and peacefully with drugs,
or with guns and knives or cars;
but nobody cares if the murder was “violent”

it was still murder.

"
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plasmatics-life:

The Wedge ~ By Dirk Dallas

plasmatics-life:

The Wedge ~ By Dirk Dallas

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warrior-skyscraper:

theanunnakiconnection:

if you’re putting teenage girls wishing they could date epke on the same level as forty year old men describing in detail how they would have sex with mckayla on her instagram pictures you’re an obtuse fucking idiot not a brilliant egalitarian thinker lmao

PUT THIS ON MY MOTHER FUCKING GRAVE STONE

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Anonymous → any insight to why aly's comeback got put off a season? just harder to get back into shape than originally thought? or really trying to pace it with 2016 in mind? recent pictures look like she's back in beast mode.

I have no idea because my friend that was feeding me info no longer works at Brestyan’s! I’m guessing it’s a combination of those things? I know Mihai was taking her comeback very slowing and not pushing the big skills too fast. The first few months were just conditioning. I’m guessing that they are taking their time because they feel no need to rush. Her routines probably aren’t competition ready, and yes, they are probably trying to time her return to competition just right.

I think what happened with Nastia’s “comeback” has served as a cautionary tale that nobody wants to replicate. Her comeback was notoriously rushed and her competitive performance suffered. I don’t think Mihai wants to put Aly out on a competition floor to have her do a layout as her last tumbling pass because she doesn’t have the endurance to complete a routine, you know?

22 hours ago with 6 notes



Anonymous → NCAA rules seem very silly re. gymnastics to me. I'd consider it one of the few sports where taking a summer off from skills would actually be dangerous, so the inability to train really shouldn't apply to gym like it does to other sports. Similarly WAG is one of the few (only?) sports where athletes peak before college, so the no-pro rule is really disadvantageous to the best-of-the-best. Did you ever feel hindered by other NCAA rules when you were competing? Specific to gymnastics, that is.

In my experience, I have found that the NCAA and college athletics administrators in general don’t know anything about gymnastics. This is also coming from someone who went to a school where they tried to cut my program and my athletic director said to my face that “gymnastics is a dying sport.”

The rules regarding training don’t say that gymnasts aren’t allowed to train over the summer. That’s definitely silly/dangerous. Gymnasts can train as often as they’d like. It’s organized/official practices that are against the rule. So my college coach could not hold a required practice in July for the team. My coach could say “hey, this gym is letting us train from 7:00-9:00 if you guys want to go” but technically he could not be at the practice, and he could not make it a mandatory practice. We could only have “captain’s practices” until a specific date once school started. These were both conditioning workouts (I would tell the team we had required workout at the track where we would run/condition), and “open gym” type workouts at local gyms. I was a captain for two years, and I started these the second week of school. We usually did 3 days of just conditioning (running, lifting, pool workouts, etc.) and 2-3 days of gymnastics per week. Our coaches were not present, and all the workouts were organized by captains (with input from coaches).  Our first official practice in our gym on campus was in early October.

I don’t think I ever felt hindered, because I was still working out every day after class through captain’s practices. I obviously would prefer being able to work out right away in our gym, but it really wasn’t that bad. I think the purpose of training rules is to make it fair for everyone, so that certain teams aren’t getting more training time than others. There are also rules for how many hours NCAA gymnasts can train per week, and how many days in a row you could work out/compete, which I am 100% for, because in NCAA, you are a student-athlete, not an athlete-student. You have to be able to have time for school work.

This is also the experience of a D3 athlete. I think the rules are a little more relaxed for D1 athletes.

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