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How Coaching Styles Impact Athlete Performance and Health

Different coaching styles have a direct result on the physical and mental health of athletes they coach. This has always been known in the sports community, but there have been some interesting papers (such as this one BJSM 2017) that try…
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Jennifer Sey of the Athlete A Film Discusses What Needs To Change in Gymnastics

The Athlete A documentary, produced by Jennifer Sey and others, was a ground breaking film for not only gymnastics but the entire world of youth sports. The film highlights the massive atrocities that lead to hundreds of young gymnasts being…
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How To Train Harder and Smarter Using Workloads with Tim Gabbett and Scott Willgress

Many people in gymnastics (and all sports) are asking the same question - how do we train harder and boost performance without risking injury? It's a really good question. But, a really complicated one. There has been a massive surge in…
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Gymnast Alliance and A Call For Change with Jennifer Pinches and Claire Heafford

The Gymnastics Alliance movement has taken the world by storm following the release of Athlete A on Netflix. Started by Olympian Jennifer Pinches, it has caused a massive ripple effect in the last 6 months. The film produced by Jennifer Sey…
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The Future of Gymnastics Strength Training and Overcoming Cultural Barriers with Ann Marie Alf

Gymnastics strength and conditioning is changing faster than ever before, which is amazing to see. Cultural barriers around gymnasts lifting weights, using mixed models of gymnastics specific and general strength work, and more science based…
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How Gymnastics Can Build a New Path Forward for Culture and Training

With gymnastics changing so fast, we are seeing massive new discussions on training techniques, cultural practices, the ongoing scandals, and how to have some hard conversations. In the last 6 months, I have been getting asked by a lot of…
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Advice Every Gymnastics Coach Needs to Hear on Flexibility, Gymnasts Retiring, and Managing Goals

Gymnastics coaches frequently contact me with questions on a range of topics related to flexibility, strength, culture development, injuries, and much more. Recently, as part of a give away for launching our brand new Hero Lab and SHIFT HQ…
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An Honest Talk About Depression, Anxiety, Stress, and Mental Health in Gymnastics With Luke Carson

Mental health issues in gymnastics like depression, anxiety, chronic stress, and others are some of the most important, yet least discussed, topics in our sport. Between the perfectionism, unhealthy comparisons, constant critiquing that occurs…
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Aimee Boorman on Coaching Simone Biles and Offers Must Hear Advice for Gymnastics Culture Change

This is the 100th episode of The SHIFT Show and the podcast! And yes I have a HUGE surprise, Aimee Boorman is today's guest :) First, a huge thank you to everyone who has been listening and helped the podcast grow over the last two years. It…
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"That's The Way We've Always Done It" - 7 Dangerous Words in Gymnastics

With so much happening in our sport, many people have been asking "why has it taken so long to change?" It's a good question. While there are thousands of great gymnastics professionals who are constantly learning, keeping a growth mindset,…