How to help your teenager open up

This also falls into the category of: how to help someone who doesn’t want your help. Adolescents and teens are being told what to do all day, every day.  Their natural reaction is to push back, especially against their parents.  One of the primary needs of…

4 ways to beat the pre-race nerves

You know the feeling of going up a rollercoaster? That “click… click… click” of the climb. Your heart starts to pound, you get butterflies, a lump in your throat, you tense up, start to sweat, your chest tightens… the anticipation builds… And then, weeeeeee! Down…

How to get motivated

GET MOTIVATED! 101 easy ways to JUST KEEP SWIMMING There’s a reason you started swimming.  There’s a reason you keep training.  But sometimes, especially if you haven’t gotten a best time in a while, and it’s 4:45am, it’s hard to feel motivated. “I wouldn’t say anything…

Does gymnastics stunt your growth?

Does gymnastics stunt your growth?  It must. Right? You might actually be surprised by the answer… Sports like gymnastics, tennis, swimming, ballet, and figure skating, require athletes to specialize at a really young age. What this means: little kids doing rigorous training to reach elite…

Just See It

Five young women walk into a gym… Are you leaning in to hear the punchline? There is no rest of the joke because five strong, confident gymnasts walked into the Olympic arena with shoulders back, heads held high, and steely focus in their determined eyes.…

Goal setting for confident swimming

Swimmers always have a number in their head. For some, it’s in glowing neon lights. You know exactly what time you need. Maybe you have your sights on national level competition, international level, or a local meet your friends all have cuts for. Maybe you’re…