The Gymnastics Book: The Young Performer's Guide to Gymnastics

The Gymnastics Book: The Young Performer's Guide to Gymnastics

by Elfi Schlegel, Claire Dunn
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The Gymnastics Book: The Young Performer's Guide to Gymnastics by Elfi Schlegel, Claire Dunn

An indispensable guide for beginners to artistic gymnastics, The Gymnastics Book is illustrated throughout with stunning full-color photographs of gymnasts swinging, balancing, tumbling and jumping. The medal-winning author-turned-instructor provides detailed guidance on:

- vault, rings, bars, beam, floor and trampoline

- how to find a good gymnastics club

- what qualities to look for in a coach

- nutrition and apparel

- warm-up and cool-down exercises

- moving into competitive gymnastics.

Filled with anecdotes and advice from past and present stars, such as Tim Daggett, Kim Zmeskal-Burdette, Curtis Hibbert and Yvonne Tousek among others, this is a no-holds-barred account of the life of a competitive gymnast.

Author Biography: As a competitive gymnast, Elfi Schlegel won two gold medals at the 1978 Commonwealth Games and a team gold and individual bronze at the 1979 Pan Am Games. She co-owns and operates a children's gymnastics center, and is a commentator for NBC.

Claire Ross Dunn is a freelance writer, a film producer and actor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770851337
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date: 08/30/2012
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 7 - 11 Years

About the Author

Elfi Schlegel was a member of the Canadian National Team from 1976 to 1985, won two gold medals at the 1978 Commonwealth Games and in 1979 won a team gold and individual bronze medal at the Pan Am Games. Elfi won Canada's only World Cup gymnastics medal, a bronze in the vault, in 1980. As a scholarship athlete at the University of Florida, she was a six-time All-American. Elfi got her start as a gymnastics commentator at the age of 17 and worked for CTV and CBC. For the past 20 years, she has been a sports commentator for NBC Sports, covering 11 Olympics, as well as countless other gymnastics meets, and the sport of curling. Elfi lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Claire Ross Dunn is a journalist and writer for television. In 2014 she was nominated for the Canadian Screen Award for best writing in a children's or youth program.

Read an Excerpt

Chapter 1:

Choosing Gymnastics

There are so many great reasons to choose gymnastics — and if you're reading this, you probably don't need much convincing.

Let's discuss some of the benefits that gymnastics has to offer.

A Sport of All Sports

If you are involved in sports like diving and skating, your coach may encourage you to learn gymnastics to build your strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, agility and self-confidence.

But gymnastics doesn't just improve strength and flexibility — it also has positive effects on other aspects of your life.

A Sport for All Ages

People of all ages can benefit from gymnastics. Whether you are 2 years old attending Kindergym with a caregiver, or an adult learning gymnastics for the first time, gymnastics will help improve your flexibility and strength. It would be ideal to start learning gymnastics early in life, but it's never too late to start.

A Sport with No Gender Bias

One of the best things about gymnastics is that it's open to everyone. The apparatus doesn't discriminate — from rings to uneven bars, girls and boys are equally capable and welcome to try. At the Olympic level, however, only women compete on the balance beam and men compete on the pommel horse, though anyone can enjoy these events at a recreational level. Balance, coordination and strength are qualities that should be pursued by everyone.

And Speaking of the Apparatus...

Don't worry about having to leap over an Olympic-sized vault. Recreational facilities typically offer scaled-down, recreational-sized equipment. You can always progress to competition-sized apparatus later.

The Gymnastics Family

The gymnastics family has several branches: artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and exciting new alternatives such as sport aerobics, sport acrobatics and tumbling. In artistic gymnastics various skills are performed on an apparatus. Women perform on the vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor. Men perform on the floor, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar. In rhythmic gymnastics skills are performed with an apparatus such as a rope, hoop, bar, ribbon and clubs. This book will focus on artistic gymnastics and trampoline, since they are typically what you'll encounter at the beginner recreational level. Once you've mastered these disciplines, however, you can explore other exciting options.

the sport of gymnastics is all about fun, fitness and fundamentals:

FUN because it's fun to jump, tumble and swing;

FITNESS because you'll gain flexibility, strength, power, muscular and cardiovascular endurance, balance, agility, coordination, body awareness and spatial orientation; and above all,

FUNDAMENTALS because the moves you learn — landings, static positions, locomotions, swings, rotations and springs — can be applied to almost any sport.

Table of Contents

Preface 5

Chapter 1 Choosing Gymnastics 7

Chapter 2 Knowing What to Look For 11

Chapter 3 Getting Started 15

Chapter 4 The Healthy Gymnast 17

Chapter 5 Warming Up 21

Chapter 6 Skills 25

Chapter 7 Cooling Down 89

Chapter 8 Adding Rhythm and Bounce to Your Program 93

Chapter 9 Gymnastics' Greats from Yesterday to Today 113

Chapter 10 Competition: Raising the Bar 129

Chapter 11 Where Gymnastics Can Take You 139

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Gymnastics Book: The Young Performer's Guide to Gymnastics 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just started gymanstics in September, but I already am going on to Level Three. This book helped me learn and improve the basic skills I learned. It even had a section about competitive gymnastics, and qoutes and tips from other famous gymnasts. But the hardest move in the book is a cartwheel, which is a pretty simple move. I wouldn't reccomend the book to a intermediate level gymnast, but it is a great book for beginners.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book looks stupid maybe for two year olds