It makes it so much easier

Hi All!

So I’m not actually going to post any drills today. I’m just going to talk a little bit about dance. The most common sentiment I’ve heard about the new compulsory routines is “they’re really dancey.” And honestly I really like that (granted, I wont have to teach them this year). But basically what I would say is that dance training benefits your gymnasts in any number of ways. One of them being that it makes it SO MUCH EASIER to teach them these routines. I’ve talked about this before so I won’t go into too much detail. But I’d say, make sure it’s a part of your program. And maybe more than a one hour rotation ones a week thing. Try to work it in to your warm-ups, your beam complexes etc. The time you take with your dance training and especially your little ones will last them all the way through their careers. You’ll be happy you did it.

also, here are some of the new routines if anyone hasn’t seen them, or wants to share them with kids/parents.


  1. V says:

    Just wanted to thank you for your posts. I love coming on each day and having drills to look at or something to think about.
    I was wondering if you could do a post or have any advice about how to ease kids into the change into a competitive program. I have a few moving in from a recreational 2 hour a week class to 12 hours a week and want to know if you have any advice. All the other athletes have either been in competitive this year or were in a pre-competitive program.

    • Zari Goldmann says:

      The biggest thing I would say is listen to your kids. Even if they’re young. Remind them that these are the big leagues. It’s going to be different. Expectations are going to be different. But it’s going to be worth it. If they’re having trouble with soreness (not like minor soreness, but can’t function sore) try modifying things. Modify the conditioning so it may be easier (ie. assisted chin-ups vs normal or bent knee hollow holds vs normal), but not necessarily less reps.

      The one thing I really wouldn’t do that I’ve seen some people do is let them leave practice early. If things need to be modified that’s fine. But it’s best if they stay the whole time, even if it’s just to get used to spending that much time in the gym.

      If they’re dedicated, and you keep mixing up work outs I think everything will work out fine. But like I said, listen to them (even if they’re say 5 or 6). Every kid is different. And what works for one kid may not for another.

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