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How to Run a Successful Adult Gymnastics Program for Over 30 Years

1 Sep

Rick McCharles from Altadore Gymnastics (home of FX Olympic Champion Kyle Shewfelt) gave a presentation called Building and Maximizing an Adult Rec Gymnastics Program last weekend at the B.C. Gymnastics Congress. If you are a coach, gymnast, owner or manager this is a must read/watch.  If you are a gymnast who wants to keep your adult program for a long time, consider passing this on to your gym’s manager. Your vigilance matters. Show that you care and will help keep your class safe and will help build the program.

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 Here are some of the points from his presentation that I strongly agree with:

  • keep former gymnasts, coaches involved / “detraining” phase for retiring competitors – I agree! Don’t lose your gymnasts. Keep them involved for life.
  • overconfident young men are the main risk in offering drop-in [open gym]  – I’d add former high level competitors with some ego, long retired who feel they can still “throw” a trick
  • great way to recruit potential coaches
  • offer speciality training for Parkour / Free Running, Capoeira and CrossFit athletes
  • all adults should be required to attend a group warm-up (15min)
  • Offer the class as late in the evening as possible – amen

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