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

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Firefly Books, 2001 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 124 pages
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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.

The Gymnastics Book is an inspirational motivator, an exceptional guide and an ideal companion for young gymnastics students and their parents.

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My granddaughter loved the book as she is new to gymnastics. She said I am going in my room to read my book and do the streches discribed in the book. I thought that was a great plus for a book picked out by Nana Jo. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Elfi Schlegel has won gold medals at the Commonwealth and Pan Am Games. She is a gymnastics instructor and, as a commentator for NBC Sports (TV), covered the most recent Olympic Games. As a former star-level young gymnast herself, she is uniquely experienced to write for young readers.

Claire Ross Dunn is a freelance journalist.

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