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Beam Mental Blocks, Drills, and NCAA Culture with Carly Dockendorf of Utah Gymnastics

Today on the podcast I’m extremely excited to talk with Carly Dockendorf, Utah’s assistant coach and beam specialist.

Carly originally from Canada was a gymnast herself and part of the Canadian National Team. 

As a gymnast, she struggled with some major mental blocks but has used these experiences to help her have empathy and assist athletes she coaches to understand and overcome their own mental blocks.

She attended the University of Washington as a student-athlete in both gymnastics and pole vault which she also competed internationally for Canada.

In her second year at College Carly was put into a leadership role as Team Captain and fell in love with helping her teammates which ignited the spark for her coaching career.

We discuss:

  • Must have drill’s in a beam session.
  • The importance of training ankle stability for beam.
  • Why 60% of your beam session should be on basics and drills.
  • How to master perfect execution for College gymnastics.
  • What a beam session looks like at Utah.
  • How many numbers you should be doing of skills and routines on beam.
  • Carly’s tips for planning, programming and training athletes with different learning styles and abilities.
  • A step-by-step guide to navigating mental blocks.
  • How to help athletes handle the pressure of competitions.


Exactly how to build a cohesive team and incredible gymnastics culture.


Beam Mental Blocks, Drills, and NCAA Culture with Carly Dockendorf of Utah


Hope it helps!

– Dave

Dr. Dave Tilley DPT, SCS, CSCS
CEO/Founder of SHIFT Movement Science