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Why Coach to Coach Gossip Can Create Toxic Gym Cultures, and How To Fix It

This week on the podcast we discuss a very important topic, with my buddy Nick Roddick, and mental health counselor Rebecca Grady, who was recently on the podcast.  We touch an ‘elephant on the room topic’ that I think so many people…
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Olympian Kyle Shewfelt on The Gold Medal Path, Positive Coaching, Body Image, and Mental Health in Gymnastics

Olympian Kyle Shewfelt on The Gold Medal Path, Positive Coaching, Body Image, and Mental Health in Gymnastics This week on the podcast I am so grateful to talk with three-time Olympian Kyle Shewfelt.  Kyle is the 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist…
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Overcoming Mental Blocks, Perfectionism, Communication Issues, and Cultural Problems with Becca Grady

This week on the podcast I’m excited to talk with a licensed mental health counselor and also a nationally certified counselor Becca Grady who works with all walks of life and in particular gymnasts.  She shares her experience on mental…
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Training Hours in Young Gymnasts, Coach/Parent Boundaries, and Training High Level Gymnasts Safely with Lindsey Stancil

Today on the podcast, I'm very excited to be joined by Lindsey Stancil, a high-level coach in the Pennsylvania area.  Owner of X-Cel Gymnastics and the Head Coach of the Xquisite competitive team. She's been professional and grateful…
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Why The Human Matters More Than The Gymnast

Why The Human Matters More Than The Gymnast Today on the podcast, I had a great chat with a former gymnast, and coach Rebecca Smith who asked me to come on an Instagram Live and talk about, creating cultures where people can feel progression…
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Changing “Unspoken Rules” in Gymnastics Culture with Natalie Barker-Rutchi

Gymnastics culture has "unspoken rules" and norms that have developed slowly in the last 30 years. There are some that are very beneficial. Like always help new coaches learn or using drills for skills due to danger. Unfortunately, there…
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Discussing A New Model of Gymnastics Part 3 - Micro Principles

This lecture series has been getting some serious downloads and sparking discussions, which is great to see! Like I said in Part 1, I definitely do not have the golden answers. But I do think some of these principles are really important for…
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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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Is Insecurity and Fear of Social Judgement Driving Culture Issues In Gymnastics?

The Problem Changing gymnastics culture is by far the biggest conversation we are having in our sport. In my opinion, when you dig down to the real root issues two commonalities pop up: personal insecurities and/or fear of social judgment. These…
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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…