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  • 5 Reasons Why Ballet is Important for Rhythmic Gymnasts
    Rhythmic gymnastics is all about graceful and beautiful moves, so one of the most important components in rhythmic gymnastics is choreography. Beautiful posture, the proper shape of the foot and graceful movements are the result of hard work at ballet barre. In addition, choreography lessons include jumps, turns, balances and their combinations, which are the basis of ballet, classical dance, and rhythmic gymnastics. Many rhythmic gymnastics schools in USA disregard choreography as a separate discipline, so their gymnasts can concentrate on stretching and learning routines, but the history of rhythmic gymnastics has already proven that only complex approach delivers excellent results. Therefore choreography is included in rhythmic gymnastics programs of the most successful rhythmic gymnastics schools. The number of hours is set according to the age of the gymnasts – the older is a gymnast, the more hours of choreography per week she gets. Here are some of the benefits of choreography for rhythmic gymnasts: Choreography promotes coordination of movements and strengthens musculoskeletal system.Gymnasts develop the beauty of movements, the ability to express various emotions,…
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  • Smart Goals for Peak Performance: a Quick Guide to Goal Setting for Young Athletes
    “People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” - Earl Nightingale Goal setting helps teach athletes that continued improvement is the result of dedication and effort in practice. Setting goals and achieving them enhances children’s motivation, focus, self-discipline and self-esteem. Coaches and parents can be very helpful in setting goals for their young athletes. Yet to be effective, the process of goal-setting must involve a collaborative effort. If coaches or parents set goals instead of kids, these goals become the adult’s dreams, not the athletes’ objectives. We hope this quick goal-setting guide can help you to assist your young athletes in mapping their road to success in sport. Enjoy! Step 1 - Define Goal-Setting and Explain its Benefits It all starts with discussing what goal setting is about. The simplest goal-setting formula is: “Goals usually start with ‘I will’ and have two parts – that is, what you want to accomplish and when you hope to accomplish it.” You can also explain your athlete that planning what you want to achieve is the…
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  • 7 Most Popular Myths About Rhythmic Gymnastics: Uncovered!
    Gymnastics is one of the oldest sports in the world, dating back thousands of years. It has evolved over long time to become the sport of many disciplines including artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics, aerobic gymnastics and parkour. Because of the exquisite routines and choreography, rhythmic gymnastics is one of the most closely followed and intensely competed events in the Olympics. Due to its popularity there are a lot of myths that have come up about it. Here are 7 most popular of them. Myth # 1: Any girl can be a gymnast it's not quite like that. Of course, any girl can practice rhythmic gymnastics and have fun while improving her body. But when it comes to professional rhythmic gymnastics training that’s quite different. Rhythmic gymnastics is perhaps one of a few sports in which an athlete must combine two of the most important qualities: strength and lightness. Add to these flexibility: the most successful gymnasts usually were naturally flexible. Attractive appearance and beautiful body are also very important in…
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  • 10 Healthy Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks for Young Athletes
    It takes nutritious foods to fuel kids through sports practices and help them recover afterward. Skip the protein bars and sports drinks and fuel young athlete with the best snacks for boosting energy. While all snacks should offer up a healthy punch of nutrition for kids, even the run-of-the-mill after-school snack, the best snacks for young athletes are ones that: Provide easy to access fuel for the active body Are actually eaten Cover hunger and appetite Snacks that contain just a carbohydrate source, like fresh fruit or crackers, are fine for shorter events or practices or even less intensive exercises, but they aren’t ideal for the young athlete who is exercising for several hours. The best foods to target include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein sources, dairy, and healthy fats. Here is a list of snacks that have a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fat to refuel muscles, and replenish glycogen stores after activity. Pre-Activity (~100-300 calories) Whole grain pretzels Half a wheat bagel with jam Fresh fruit 1/2 cup raisins and…
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