This week, rather than cover a specific topic, I’m going to share a few links to other great gymnastics resources on the web.
GymnasticsCoaching.com is a blog maintained by Canadian coach Rick McCharles. It is probably one of the best gym-related blogs on the web, frequently updated with great links, videos, images, and commentary on everything from technical matters to political matters related to gymnastics. Rick also covers other acrobatic sports, such as X-sports, parkour, cheer, etc.
The Chalk Bucket is a gymnastics forum for gymnasts, coaches, parents, judges, and fans. It is an excellent place to ask questions, exchange advice, swap stories, and generally talk about anything gymnastics-related (please note, though, that you must be 13 or older to join). Also, it is a well-known fact that the moderators on the chalk bucket are paragons of intelligence and attractiveness.
YouTube is actually one of the better gymnastics resources available. Want to know what a certain skill or compulsory routine should look like? Looking for videos from a recent major competition? Looking for videos of college gymnasts in training? Search for them on YouTube. FIG and USAG have their own YouTube channels, as do many college gymnastics teams.
Gymnastike is a video website dedicated specifically to gymnastics. This site often has fantastic coverage of many major gym meets that don’t get shown on TV, as well as interviews with many of the top elites in the country. In addition, it has a series called “Workout Wednesday” that features workout montages filmed at some of the top gyms in the country. Check out Gymnastike’s coverage of the recent World Championships!
Full Twist Blog is another excellent gymnastics blog.
There are a multitude of other great resources available for anybody wishing to learn more about this sport; these four are my favorites, but follow FullTwist or GymnasticsCoaching.com for a week or two and you’re likely to find links to at least a half-dozen others.