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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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Discussing A New Model of Gymnastics Part 4 - Planning The Competitive Year

This lecture series has produced an enormous amount of conversation and positive feedback! I'm grateful that people value my opinions, and it has been awesome to hear everyone's constructive criticism. If you haven't been following along, …
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Nick Ruddock's Yurchenko Systems For Building Power and High Level Vaults

I'm super grateful to be friends with Nick Ruddock, one of the world's most sought after coaches for technical and strategic development. He has worked in the highest levels of the sport, ranging from being a personal and national level coach…
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How Did We Get Here? A Gymnastics Culture Rant Inspired by #AthleteA

Hi all, below is an #AthleteA inspired rant on the harsh reality of Gymnastics culture 7 years in the making for me. ‬ ‪To the survivors, families, journalists, & countless others who had the courage to stare evil in the face demanding…
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Navy Men's Gymnastics on Competitive Success, Culture, and Making Sacrifices

I'm so excited to share a fantastic chat I had with Lucas Beltran and Christian Correale, as well as head coach Kip Simons, of Navy Men's Gymnastics.  I've always had an enormous amount of respect for anyone who serves in the military. But,…
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The Hard Conversations Gymnastics Needs To Have

I'm so excited to get an absolute must hear interview up today about hard, but necessary, conversation with parents, gymnasts, and coaches. Last month, I wrote a very popular article, "7 Tips for Dealing with Stubborn Gymnastics Coaches, Parents,…
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7 Tips for Dealing with Stubborn Gymnastics Coaches, Parents, and Gym Owners Who Refuse To Change

One of the most common questions I’ve been getting via direct message and email is some variant is this: “What should I do if a coach / a parent / my gym owner refuses to change? They are so stubborn and can't see they are the problem.…
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Nick Ruddock's Best Vault Drills, Techniques, and Coaching Tips

I'm excited to share an absolutely fantastic podcast episode with the SHIFT community today. Nick Ruddock is one of my best buddies, and we regularly are talking and sharing ideas. He is one of the most sought after gymnastics coaches in…
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The 7 Most Common Handstand Problems and How to Fix Them

I've been meaning to write this article for a long time, as it's one of the most common issues I get questions about. Despite so many high-level athletes making them look easy, handstands are actually a super complicated skill with many moving…