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Dr. Ali Arnold's Best Advice for Getting Gymnast's Over Mental Blocks and Managing Fear

There are a handful of universally frustrating things in gymnastics that make gymnasts, parents, and coaches equally stressed out. One of them is mental blocks on skills, or trying to help gymnasts take control of their fears. Dr. Alison…
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7 Culture Changes Gymnastics Needs for The Future

In the first few years of starting SHIFT, the most common questions I got from email or social media surrounded flexibility, injuries, physical preparation, or skills. In the last two years, one new question has replaced these in the number…
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The Future of Men's Gymnastics with Jake Dalton and Dave Durante

I originally had another blog post scheduled for today, but after an impromptu podcast last week at Power Monkey Camp, I couldn't hold out on posting this. I was very fortunate to sit down with two good friends of mine, Jake Dalton and Dave…
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The Worst Day of My Coaching Career, and 5 Lessons You Must Learn From It

In the 12 years that I have been coaching gymnastics, I have been lucky to experience some incredible moments. Like when one of our gymnasts hits a huge routine at Regionals and qualifies herself to nationals, causing everyone to erupt in celebration.…
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How to Prevent Coaching Burnout and Find Your "Why"

Most of the time in gymnastics, we talk about how to keep gymnasts happy and performing at a high level. We rarely consider the same concept for coaches. How do we make sure that as coaches we stay happy at work? How do we make sure as coaches…
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Why I Wrote My New Book, Achilles Tears and Tips to Change Gymnastics Culture - New Interview With the Routine Podcast

Hey everyone! Last month I was very thankful for the opportunity to be interviewed on The Routine Podcast with their hosts, Dianna and Chelcie. Originally, this podcast was going to center around the high rate of Achilles tears in collegiate/elite…
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Is It Possible to Produce High Level Gymnasts Without Sacrificing Health?

I'm going to flat out say it, that this is the question of the year for gymnastics. Every single person in the sport of gymnastics is grappling with this. Coaches, medical providers, gymnasts, parents, and outside spectators. In the last year…
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An Essential Hip Strength Exercise All Gymnasts Need - Weighted Single Leg Hip Lifts

During the months of June and July, most gyms are going pretty hard on new strength programs to build strength and power needed for new skills. I'm in the same boat, doing quite a bit of progressive strength work in the gym and also with all…
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Watch How I Perform Gymnastics Movement Screens : Video and Download Sheet

One of the most crucial things to do following the competitive gymnastics season (after the appropriate rest/recovery takes place) is in-depth screening. This includes a lot of different components, but most importantly injury screening, movement…
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New Podcast with Nick Ruddock on Gymnastics Culture

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of welcoming my good buddy Nick Ruddock to come spend a few days in Boston with me. While in town, he hung out for a day at Champion PT to watch some of our gymnastics rehab programs. He also spent some time…