THE ESSENTIAL 8

Success in any sport can be directly attributed to certain characteristics or talents. Ultimate performance is dependent on having mastered or having been born with a large percentage of these characteristics. In other words the more weaknesses that occur in any of the essential categories the more difficult it would be to experience a high…

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Reflection on Pac Rim Championships

The 2012 Pacific Alliance Championships, held in Everett, Washington (just north of Seattle) was a spectacular event in so many ways. The organizing committee should be commended for running a first rate, classy event. The facility was perfect for a gymnastics event, large enough to host an impressive crowd yet small enough to offer great…

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John and Jordyn Essay

   A Few weeks ago I had a college student request to do a story (an essay) on Jordyn, myself and the Twistars program. The final product follows. Thanks Claire for putting this well written document together (I do have to wonder about the impact it may have on shattering my “tyrant” image however). Great…

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Periodization: In Response to an "Ask John" Question

I recently received a series of questions through “Ask John Q&A” that presented some very interesting material for a blog topic. The questions were from George: John, I am a rookie gym coach, but I have coached a lot of athletes in another anaerobic and technical-skill heavy sport. I am also a certified strength and…

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All Around Finals

If you recall I started this little project (the behind the scenes look at the World Championships) with a little apprehension. I was asked to do it by some, but advised not to by others. After considering the unknown, I felt that the educational benefit may be worth the pain I may have to endure.…

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Game Day: 2011 World's

Recieve these Blog updates directly to your email in-box.  Just enter your email in the box to the right.  Then be sure check your email for a message from FeedBurner and click the link in that email to activate your subscription. Preparation Days Months of preparation was to be put on stage for the entire…

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2011 World Championships: Pre-Competition

2011 World Team

I was asked to share our road to the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships and post it as a blog. Why not, it may serve to educate and assist those with aspirations of attaining the pinnacle of this sport. Let me just say, be prepared for a long haul. Our journey started with a “knock off…

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Setting Up Your Elite Program-Part 2

Grace Williams Nastia Cup

I have a little down time in between training sessions at the March National Team Training Camp in Houston so I thought I’d finish up on the blog topic dedicated to setting up your elite program. In part one I tried to define what I use as criterion for considering an athlete for the elite…

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