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An Honest Talk About Ego, Depression, and Anxiety in Gymnastics

In my experiences, there are a lot of people who focus on the technical and physical development of gymnasts. Most of their efforts focus on getting new drills, strength exercises, or progressions to help athletes get new skills or move up to…
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9 Ways to Be Happier In The Gym and Life

I wanted to take a little bit of a pivot this week to offer people a lecture/podcast on happiness that was highly requested from people. Mental/Emotional health is such an important topic in our modern world. It's crucial not only for our…
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My Thoughts on The Gymnastics Abuse Scandal

Over the last 3 years, I have been quite observant of everything going on in gymnastics related to the abuse scandal, the cultural dynamics that have been implicated as a factor, and the way this links to how people are changing their approach…
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Doc Ali's 6 Step System for Fixing Mental Blocks and Fear in Gymnastics

This episode is going to be HUGE. After a previous conversation with Dr. Ali Arnold about mental health in gymnastics, the episode was released and had 1000's of downloads in the first few days. It seemed that we were hitting on some issues…
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Helping Gymnastics Coaches Stay Happy In The Gym and Change Their Cultures

If there is one thing that I know all gymnastics coaches deal with, it's frustration and times of burnout. I have delt with it, I've seen coaches I work with deal with it, and I know for a fact it's one of the number one things people tell me…
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Tom Farden of Utah Gymnastics on Building Team Chemistry and NCAA Success

I'm excited for today's blog and podcast where I sit down to talk with someone I've been fortunate to become friends with in the last few years, Tom Farden. Tom is the head coach of Utah Gymnastics, one of the most iconic NCAA programs from…
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How To Change Your Gymnastics Culture - An Honest Discussion About Mistakes and Uncomfortable Conversations

Not going to dance around it, the topic of changing gymnastics training culture is by far the 'elephant in the room' that most people are dealing with. Due to a variety of different reasons, many people are becoming more aware of the need to…
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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…