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Loyalty, Does it Exist in Youth Sports Anymore?

Job hoppers, gym/team hoppers have a lot more in common in today’s society than we thought as I asked: “why is it so common for everyone to jump around nowadays?” As I looked back, I came across an article that referenced the 1950’s. In those days, young adults either graduated and found a job or enrolled in […]

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The Missing Link: The Secret to Overcoming Mental Blocks

I have read, and wrote, many articles on how to overcome mental blocks, become fearless, or compete with confidence. We tell athletes to pay attention to any negative thoughts and change them into encouraging words. We have them focus by using performance cues and mental choreography, and we use relaxation and visualization techniques. Our athletes know what […]

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5 Traits of a Great Gym Parent

So, What is a Sports Parent Supposed to Do? I have read articles stating that coaches don’t want parents to watch practice, parents need to drop and go, leave the coaching up to the coach, and the parent should hand the athlete’s sport over to the athlete and take a back seat. With all the […]

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Power of Praise in Real-Time

“Great Job, keep going!” “WOW, I have noticed your improvements and your commitment.” “I appreciate your business _(insert name)_” As simple as these phrases sound they are not as common in today’s face-to-face communication. It seems that real-time interaction between people is now replaced with social media; in pictures, videos and “likes” on Facebook. This […]

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Teachable Moments in Gymnastics

Gymnastics is probably the most challenging sport in the world. No scratch that, it is the most challenging sport in the world, as studies by ESPN prove. However, as a former gymnast myself, and a former coach, I would have to say that being a parent of a gymnast is the most difficult spot to […]

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5 Tips to Help Your Tween Athlete Deal With Changes

As I sit here and reflect on this past year, I can’t get over how much my daughter and her team mates have grown. Some have matured mentally as they enter puberty and some have changed physically as I watch them transform into beautiful young women. It’s amazing how much things can change in one […]

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Perfectly Imperfect Sports Mom

As the competition season begins for my daughter, I am once again reminded how far she has come. As I reflect back to her earlier days, I distinctly remembering her quest to be “perfect.” Unbeknownst to me at the time, gymnastics seems to attract and breed perfectionists such as my daughter. When she first started […]

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It’s the Challenge

Last March I visited a gym in Colorado, and when I walked in, I was overwhelmed by the amount of talented gymnasts. There were 11 year olds doing skills that were in my routines in the Olympics, and they were doing them like it was no big deal. Most of them trained over 25 hours a […]

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Evolution of an All Star Cheer Mom

I have been a cheer mom for 11 years. My oldest daughter started at 7 years old and will be graduating at the end of this season. My younger daughter started cheering at 5 and still has five more years to go. I, like most cheer moms, have evolved along with my children. As a gymnast, […]

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When the Gymnastics Journey Comes to an End

Olympian Wendy Bruce Martin beautifully explains her emotional journey as a gymnast when her career finally came to an end. As a parent or an athlete it is important to find other ways to bridge the gap and fulfill our lives with more meaning while learning the life lessons sports has taught us over the years. One can never forget […]

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8 Tips to Teach Your Child to Believe in Themself

We have all read the articles and seen those parents who get over involved with their kids from trying to control their school, sports, friends and every other aspect of their life. Unbeknownst to some, what is actually happening is that they are contributing to a recent trend towards reducing kids self-efficacy and emotional resilience. […]

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Learning the Mindset of 3x World Champ

In this article by Wendy Bruce Martin she points out that in order to be a 3x World Champ one must push through our challenges and focus on each moment. Simone Biles has remained at the top of her game not because she always has “on” days during competition but because she knows mentally how […]

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The Marathon Gymnast

As a mother of a level 7 competitive gymnast, I sometimes find myself trying to figure out when she will make it to level 10- the highest level before Elite. You see when she first started out she was on level 4 (where a lot of girls start), and improved very quickly. I saw other girls […]

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A View from the Stands

They say a picture can paint a thousand words yet, I feel compelled to explain what I see, as a mother, when I look at my child from the stands. It is in these moments that I feel safe and comforted knowing that the coaches I entrust my child to, not only teach and coach the […]

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The Power Pose..thanks Wonder Woman

When animals want to show dominance, they may stand on their hind legs, their hair may stand on end, they show their teeth, they open their wings, or bow out their chest. This body language tells every other animal around they mean business. When an athlete stands with their chest out, chin up, and arms […]

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Using the Power of Mind in Gymnastics

When I was growing up I never gave much thought into how much our beliefs shaped our reality. It wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that I starting really exploring and learning more about what the self-help industry had to offer. I started to read as many books that I could get my hands on […]

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Avoiding the Sport “Parent Trap”

Of all the wonderful things that sports offers our kids today, I never thought that I would get sucked into the so-called “parent trap”. I admit, not one of my proudest moments but, I was turning into “that” gym mom. Luckily, I came to see the err of my ways early on and was able […]

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How Gymnastics is like a Roller Coaster

Recently my family and I took a short vacation and visited a major well-known theme park. Eagerly, my 11 yr-old daughter was ready to tackle every and all rollercoasters that were in her path. In the last year, she had been experiencing and loving THRILL rides and it seems she just can’t get enough. As we entered the park, […]

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Sacrificing the ordinary for the extraordinary

People often come up to me and ask me if I am upset about sacrificing my entire childhood for gymnastics. Spending over 14,000 hours of my youth in a gym could seem like huge sacrifice to many, and at first I bought into that idea. After all, it made my athletic story better when it […]

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Gymnast 10 levels and lessons of Growth

Having a son in Taekwondo for the past 7 years has taught me so much about this amazing sport and discipline. When my son was 6, he was going through a tough time where his behavior passed the “cute” stage and so he would act out to get attention. My husband and I tried to refocus him and […]

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Just let go

Being a taxi cab driver of young athlete can be draining (to say the least), especially to a sport that requires you to drive almost everyday like gymnastics. Personally, I have finally come to terms with it. Being the main personal chauffeur to my 11-yr old daughter, I have to say (for the most part), I have come to really enjoy […]

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Avoid Burnout in Gymnastics and Life

STRESS! How much is too much? as a woman, wife, mom and business owner, I am often asked how to find balance in our crazy-busy, over-scheduled, hectic world today. The term “all-in-moderation” should apply to all areas of our lives yet, in today’s society it seems as though we can’t do enough, can’t be enough and can’t […]

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Will it Ever be Good Enough? I Was Embarrassed by My Bronze

Back in 1992 my only goal was to make the Olympic Team. When that dream happened my next goal was to hit all my routines during the competition. I didn’t think about medals, or making finals, or even being put on the front of the next Wheaties box. I was intensely focused on my skills […]

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DON’T PUT A FIFTH GRADER IN HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES.

Placing the athlete in the correct class seems obvious. Many kids are placed beginner classes if they are a beginner, intermediate when they improve, and advance when they become masters of the sport. But sometimes kids are placed in classes for other reasons. Some kids can only  do certain times or days and so they […]

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Finding Zen in Gymnastics

Recently I was reading an article on the teachings of Buddhism and I couldn’t help but draw certain correlations between the basic philosophies and how we can easily apply them into youth sports today….particularly competitive gymnastics. In today’s fast paced world where everyone is trying to get somewhere as quick as possible, we often forget that what is happening […]

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Don’t you want to be….. Audra Yermovsky

One of my favorite childhood gymnastics stories is about one of my strongest teammates. As young athletes sometimes we try to find an easy way to get better. We may tell little white lies or cheat on our conditioning because we believe we can still reach our goal by taking shortcuts. As children we don’t […]

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It’s not you, It’s me. Taming the crazy gym parent.

After reading many articles by sports psychologists about sports parenting I have to agree, for the most part, what the role of a sport parent should be. However, I can’t help but draw some basic conclusions that I hope will shed some light on the subject for both coaches and parents involved. I think we forget that the bottom-line is that many sports […]

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THE AMAZING ATHLETES AND THE ANGRY FANS WHOM (I THINK) STILL LOVE THEM.

Last weekend I enjoyed my second Major League Soccer game. It was me, my daughters, and one of my very best friends. The weather was perfect, our seats were amazing, and the game was exciting. The game was full of energy and it seemed like the energy just got more and more intense. By the middle […]

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The Dangling Carrot in Youth Sports

In recent discussions with clients and friends, I can’t help but notice a pattern with sports parents and their young athletes today. It seems as though some sports parents have lost sight of reality and sometimes its great to get an outside perspective so you can get back in the game, per say. In the past […]

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The Gym Mom that Wasn’t

Once upon a time, there was a Gym mom that lived in the gym. Being a smart gym mom, she knew that when the competition season was over and the sparkly Leos were put away, it was time for her to settle back home and find balance and calmness once again. This she did. While […]

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Finding HER future

  By: Wendy Bruce Martin My daughter has been a competitive cheerleader from the age of 5. She took to the sport very quickly and her talent was undeniable. She started to excel in tumbling and it was obvious to me that she needed to hone in on this talent and see where it would take her. […]

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Life Lessons learned at States

After an up and down competition season, it seems all of a gymnasts hard work boils down to the big state competition, and for some, regionals and nationals. As nerve wracking as it is going in, nothing could have prepared my daughter for what she was about to endure that day. When my daughter first started gymnastics […]

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3 Ways Parents Can Shape Their Athlete’s Confidence

Growing up it was always really important to me to make sure my mother was pleased by my performance. I honestly felt if I wasn’t achieving at something that she just didn’t love me— and being the youngest of four, I felt I needed to stand out. It seems most of us start this thought […]

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We are all not crazy.

By: Wendy Bruce Martin I will admit that there are a lot of articles going around kind of bashing the sports parent. And although there have been many times when we have maybe all lost our cool, did the wrong thing, got caught up in gossip, and become close to crossing the line between helpful and […]

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