I’m was super grateful to be able to sit down and chat with elite, NCAA, and Olympic gymnast Courtney McGregor. Courtney has had an insane career of accomplishments and has spent the last 10 years training and competing at the highest level of international level.
In these crazy times of much-needed culture change, conversation, and brainstorming a new model for gymnastics, I think the opinions of gymnasts like Courtney is invaluable. They are the ones who have actually been in the trenches doing the work, dealing with the mental/emotional strain, and riding the rollercoaster through various injuries.
As we continue to hear 100s of gymnasts coming forward saying we need to change our methods, I think listening and learning from them is the most important step. So, Courtney and I connected so we could have one of these chats in a longer format. In this episode we discuss,
- What Courtney has been up to with COVID
- Her path through elite and NCAA gymnastics
- Her experiences training and competing in the Olympics
- Her journey of being an international gymnast coming to the US
- Her thoughts on changing the minimum senior competitive age to 18
- If she thinks 20-30 hours per week of training is healthy and ideal for young gymnasts aspiring to elite and NCAA
- How she development mental toughness to get through elite and NCAA gymnastics
- The story of her Achilles tear, and how things have gone since then
- What she would change in gymnastics if she had a magic wand and no limitations
You can check out the entire podcast below on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and Youtube. Hope you find it helpful!
Courtney McGregor Discusses Gymnastics Culture Change, Elite/NCAA Career, and Achilles Injuries
Dr. Dave Tilley DPT, SCS, CSCS
CEO/Founder of SHIFT Movement Science