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Guest Post: Gena + Jennalyn

Guest Post: Gena + Jennalyn

In this guest post, Gena Abong shares the story of her daughter's introduction to gymnastics at a birthday party, falling in the love with the sport, and finding a gym that meets her training needs and wants right where they are.  Thank you for sharing your story, Gena! Love at First Flip Jennalyn is a 9-year-old gymnast living in California. This...

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Guest Post: Gymnastics is 90% Mental

Guest Post: Gymnastics is 90% Mental

Guest writer and gymnastics coach Mary Reiss Farias shares why she believes not all coaches give ample time and care in instruction around mental aspects of gymnastics training, and offers resources for coaches who want to bring more mental training into their practices.

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Guest Post: Have Fun and Be Strong

Guest Post: Have Fun and Be Strong

Destira Star Stella shared this with us at the end of July 2020. Stella’s writing is a perfect reminder of why we are here — passion for gymnastics and desire to support and empower youth is at the heart of what we do at Destira. Our work is for the young athletes who love the experience of being a gymnast.  Thank you for sharing, Stella!

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Guest Post: Never Quit on a Bad Day

Guest Post: Never Quit on a Bad Day

Off-days — when you can't believe you ever loved this sport that is so mentally and physically challenging, and think you might be better suited to badminton instead — are part of gymnastics. Quit, if that's right for you, but not when you're down. Today Guest Contributor Laura Battle shares her story about encouraging her gymnast to persevere after a bad day at practice.

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Guest Post: Becoming the Best Gym Parent for Your Athlete

Guest Post: Becoming the Best Gym Parent for Your Athlete

Guest writer Anna shares her story of a big perspective shift in how she shows up for her 10-year-old gymnast.

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Guest Post: Overcoming the Odds

Guest Post: Overcoming the Odds

Kaelyn is a ten-year-old level 4 gymnast in the JO program at Virginia Elite Gymnastics Academy. She loves gymnastics even though she has some atypical challenges in building strength and skills. We love your positive attitude and determined spirit, Kaeyln!

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Guest Post: Back to Gym after 83 Days Away

Guest Post: Back to Gym after 83 Days Away

Guest post by Kyleigh Giraldo, a ten-year-old competitive gymnast living in Virginia. Kyleigh shares about her experience participating in weekly video workouts with her teammates and coaches, and working through a mental block when in-person practice resumed. Thank you, Kyleigh!

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