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?
we comin for you gymnastike
I was watching ncaa nationals efs 2k13 and accidentally paused on the sassiest still
official team leotard for the country of Catistan
So many ahhhh
these are just off the top of my head, there are a lot of great people/blogs out there :]
HOLY SHIT I JUST SCREAMED AT THE HUGE CRACK OF THUNDER
I LOVE IT
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.
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
he wrote it up on the board.
he wrote it up on the board.
I said, “Rape”
and he paused, he asked
“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
and I said, “rape is rape,
whether his weapon is a knife,
drugs, or guilt. She said no.”
he shook his head,
“Violent rape” on the board
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."
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
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?
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.