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a podcast for those starting or competing gymnastics after it's "too late"

Latest Episodes

How To Compete as an Adult Gymnast with Danelle Pecht

Danelle Pecht started competing gymnastics as an adult. As a coach in Houston and as the captain of the Space City Legacy adult gymnastics team, she navigates all the different gymnastics leagues and scoring structures including NAIGC, the Texas Gymnastics Conference, USAG, and the AAU, to help her team plan a competitive season. Danelle joins Pam Majumdar on Better Late to talk about why to start an adult gymnastics team and how to navigate the world of adult gymnastics competition. Danelle and Pam also talk about what an adult-first governing league might look like, the most and least likely U.S. cities to find adult gymnastics options, and why adult gymnastics may be the the key to saving the sport.

45 min1 w ago
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How To Compete as an Adult Gymnast with Danelle Pecht

Chilean Olympian Simona Castro on Becoming the Gymnast You Want to Be

Simona Castro didn’t expect to go to the Olympics, never mind be a trailblazer for gymnastics in Chile. She was the first Chilean gymnast to compete in the Olympic Games (London 2012) alongside Tomas Gonzalez, and gymnastics in her country has been on an uptick since. In this interview with Better Late, Simona talks about focusing on big skills over big goals when she was young, how college gymnastics made her a better athlete, and how she’s training for the Tokyo Olympics as a 31-year-old in the middle of a pandemic.

41 min2 w ago
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Chilean Olympian Simona Castro on Becoming the Gymnast You Want to Be

Starting Gymnastics from Scratch with Nate Sharpe

Nate Sharpe started gymnastics after graduating from MIT. Eight years later, he’s gone from one event to 10 as he takes on the gymnastics decathlon. Nate joins Better Late to talk about how he got started, how pole vaulting and circus training shaped his learning path, and how he allocates his training time. He also shares tips for adults trying out the sport for the first time ever, which skills he finds the most fun and terrifying, and how he and his wife Julia and working to create better beginner introductory materials and guides through the NAIGC.

32 min3 w ago
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Starting Gymnastics from Scratch with Nate Sharpe

Danusia Francis on Speaking Your Dreams Out Loud

Danusia Francis joins Better Late to talk about her gymnastics journey, from watching the 2000 Olympics as a child to making it to the elite level in Great Britain, and then going on to compete for UCLA, where her dream of competing internationally was reignited. Danusia an Olympic spot for the Tokyo Games eight years after being an alternate for the UK team in 2012. She talks about maintaining a positive mindset, her training schedule, how she learns new skills compared to learning them as a child, using vision boards to manifest her goals, and her advice for adult gymnasts.

28 minOCT 24
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Danusia Francis on Speaking Your Dreams Out Loud

Gymnastics Has More Than One Story - with Sports Commentator Olly Hogben

Does adult gymnastics have a PR problem? You can’t be what you don’t see. World feed commentator Olly Hogben has a front-row seat to gymnastics on a global scale like no one else. In this interview with Better Late, Olly talks about how he tries to tell the whole story of gymnastics when he covers international competitions, not just the story of one country or of the podium finishers, what he’s learned from the stories of athletes on unorthodox paths, why we sometimes we miss the really good stories in men’s gymnastics, and more.

45 minOCT 17
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Gymnastics Has More Than One Story - with Sports Commentator Olly Hogben

Pacing Yourself for Gymnastics Longevity with Sherrie Martin

Sherrie Martin wants to do kips until she’s 80…and beyond. Her approach to training has always been with a long-term view in mind. She prefers workouts over performance when it comes to gymnastics, but not when it comes to her one-woman comedy shows. Sherrie joins Better Late to talk about choosing artistry over perfection, circus arts and comedy, how the COVID-19 shutdowns might impact adult gymnastics, and her dream to open an adults-only gymnastics gym in the near future.

39 minOCT 10
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Pacing Yourself for Gymnastics Longevity with Sherrie Martin

How to Be a Gymnastics Decathlete with Julia Sharpe, the Gymnast Competing Men’s and Women’s Events

Julia Sharpe was a two-time Division III (MIT) national gymnastics all-around champion. She started training the men’s events when MIT switched to a club format with NAIGC. Then, she added the women’s events back in. Julia joins Better Late to talk about competing the “decathlon” of all MAG and WAG events at NAIGC meets, returning to the sport after having twins, navigating the pommel horse for the first time as an adult, and how to find your place in gymnastics, no matter your skill level.

36 minOCT 3
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How to Be a Gymnastics Decathlete with Julia Sharpe, the Gymnast Competing Men’s and Women’s Events

Making Gymnastics Better with Vanessa Atler

Former national team member and 1997 U.S. National Champion Vanessa Atler joins Better Late to talk about adult gymnastics and how adult gymnasts could navigate finding more gym/training time, her thoughts on how increasing the age minimum for elite competition could impact the sport, and her mission to make gymnastics better. Vanessa also talks about the state of USA gymnastics today, the culture of the sport, and her thoughts on the politics behind the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials. Plus, why she thinks the current selection process needs a complete do-over.

48 minSEP 26
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Making Gymnastics Better with Vanessa Atler

Breaking Gymnastics Norms with NAIGC President Julie Rolla

UC Berkeley alum and current NAIGC president Julie Rolla joins Better Late to talk about how gymnasts can continue - or start - their gymnastics journey with the NAIGC. Julie talks about how NAIGC provides an outlet for learning and competition even if you’re not affiliated with a college club team, and even if you don’t yet have a gym to work out in. We talk about celebrating more than one mold, gymnastics diversity at the International stage, the NAIGC’s mission to create radical opportunity, and how to tell the gymnastics story you want, no matter what the traditional narrative says. Plus, Julie shares the many resources the NAIGC is providing and creating on a regular basis!

38 minSEP 18
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Breaking Gymnastics Norms with NAIGC President Julie Rolla

Unfinished Business: How Lori Vollkommer Returned to Gymnastics after Three Decades Away

Lori Vollkommer joins Better Late to talk about the journey that led her back to competitive gymnastics after a 30-year (involuntary) hiatus. She talks about competing as a child and teenager, the in between years, how she finally got the right diagnosis for a long-time injury, and her renewed mindset for training and competing gymnastics now. She also shares some of her favorite resources for inspiration and training. (Please consult a physician or fitness professional before trying out any of the stretches we discuss, or if you want to learn more about spondylolisthesis. This podcast is not meant to serve as medical advice.)

44 minSEP 12
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Unfinished Business: How Lori Vollkommer Returned to Gymnastics after Three Decades Away

Latest Episodes

How To Compete as an Adult Gymnast with Danelle Pecht

Danelle Pecht started competing gymnastics as an adult. As a coach in Houston and as the captain of the Space City Legacy adult gymnastics team, she navigates all the different gymnastics leagues and scoring structures including NAIGC, the Texas Gymnastics Conference, USAG, and the AAU, to help her team plan a competitive season. Danelle joins Pam Majumdar on Better Late to talk about why to start an adult gymnastics team and how to navigate the world of adult gymnastics competition. Danelle and Pam also talk about what an adult-first governing league might look like, the most and least likely U.S. cities to find adult gymnastics options, and why adult gymnastics may be the the key to saving the sport.

45 min1 w ago
Comments
How To Compete as an Adult Gymnast with Danelle Pecht

Chilean Olympian Simona Castro on Becoming the Gymnast You Want to Be

Simona Castro didn’t expect to go to the Olympics, never mind be a trailblazer for gymnastics in Chile. She was the first Chilean gymnast to compete in the Olympic Games (London 2012) alongside Tomas Gonzalez, and gymnastics in her country has been on an uptick since. In this interview with Better Late, Simona talks about focusing on big skills over big goals when she was young, how college gymnastics made her a better athlete, and how she’s training for the Tokyo Olympics as a 31-year-old in the middle of a pandemic.

41 min2 w ago
Comments
Chilean Olympian Simona Castro on Becoming the Gymnast You Want to Be

Starting Gymnastics from Scratch with Nate Sharpe

Nate Sharpe started gymnastics after graduating from MIT. Eight years later, he’s gone from one event to 10 as he takes on the gymnastics decathlon. Nate joins Better Late to talk about how he got started, how pole vaulting and circus training shaped his learning path, and how he allocates his training time. He also shares tips for adults trying out the sport for the first time ever, which skills he finds the most fun and terrifying, and how he and his wife Julia and working to create better beginner introductory materials and guides through the NAIGC.

32 min3 w ago
Comments
Starting Gymnastics from Scratch with Nate Sharpe

Danusia Francis on Speaking Your Dreams Out Loud

Danusia Francis joins Better Late to talk about her gymnastics journey, from watching the 2000 Olympics as a child to making it to the elite level in Great Britain, and then going on to compete for UCLA, where her dream of competing internationally was reignited. Danusia an Olympic spot for the Tokyo Games eight years after being an alternate for the UK team in 2012. She talks about maintaining a positive mindset, her training schedule, how she learns new skills compared to learning them as a child, using vision boards to manifest her goals, and her advice for adult gymnasts.

28 minOCT 24
Comments
Danusia Francis on Speaking Your Dreams Out Loud

Gymnastics Has More Than One Story - with Sports Commentator Olly Hogben

Does adult gymnastics have a PR problem? You can’t be what you don’t see. World feed commentator Olly Hogben has a front-row seat to gymnastics on a global scale like no one else. In this interview with Better Late, Olly talks about how he tries to tell the whole story of gymnastics when he covers international competitions, not just the story of one country or of the podium finishers, what he’s learned from the stories of athletes on unorthodox paths, why we sometimes we miss the really good stories in men’s gymnastics, and more.

45 minOCT 17
Comments
Gymnastics Has More Than One Story - with Sports Commentator Olly Hogben

Pacing Yourself for Gymnastics Longevity with Sherrie Martin

Sherrie Martin wants to do kips until she’s 80…and beyond. Her approach to training has always been with a long-term view in mind. She prefers workouts over performance when it comes to gymnastics, but not when it comes to her one-woman comedy shows. Sherrie joins Better Late to talk about choosing artistry over perfection, circus arts and comedy, how the COVID-19 shutdowns might impact adult gymnastics, and her dream to open an adults-only gymnastics gym in the near future.

39 minOCT 10
Comments
Pacing Yourself for Gymnastics Longevity with Sherrie Martin

How to Be a Gymnastics Decathlete with Julia Sharpe, the Gymnast Competing Men’s and Women’s Events

Julia Sharpe was a two-time Division III (MIT) national gymnastics all-around champion. She started training the men’s events when MIT switched to a club format with NAIGC. Then, she added the women’s events back in. Julia joins Better Late to talk about competing the “decathlon” of all MAG and WAG events at NAIGC meets, returning to the sport after having twins, navigating the pommel horse for the first time as an adult, and how to find your place in gymnastics, no matter your skill level.

36 minOCT 3
Comments
How to Be a Gymnastics Decathlete with Julia Sharpe, the Gymnast Competing Men’s and Women’s Events

Making Gymnastics Better with Vanessa Atler

Former national team member and 1997 U.S. National Champion Vanessa Atler joins Better Late to talk about adult gymnastics and how adult gymnasts could navigate finding more gym/training time, her thoughts on how increasing the age minimum for elite competition could impact the sport, and her mission to make gymnastics better. Vanessa also talks about the state of USA gymnastics today, the culture of the sport, and her thoughts on the politics behind the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials. Plus, why she thinks the current selection process needs a complete do-over.

48 minSEP 26
Comments
Making Gymnastics Better with Vanessa Atler

Breaking Gymnastics Norms with NAIGC President Julie Rolla

UC Berkeley alum and current NAIGC president Julie Rolla joins Better Late to talk about how gymnasts can continue - or start - their gymnastics journey with the NAIGC. Julie talks about how NAIGC provides an outlet for learning and competition even if you’re not affiliated with a college club team, and even if you don’t yet have a gym to work out in. We talk about celebrating more than one mold, gymnastics diversity at the International stage, the NAIGC’s mission to create radical opportunity, and how to tell the gymnastics story you want, no matter what the traditional narrative says. Plus, Julie shares the many resources the NAIGC is providing and creating on a regular basis!

38 minSEP 18
Comments
Breaking Gymnastics Norms with NAIGC President Julie Rolla

Unfinished Business: How Lori Vollkommer Returned to Gymnastics after Three Decades Away

Lori Vollkommer joins Better Late to talk about the journey that led her back to competitive gymnastics after a 30-year (involuntary) hiatus. She talks about competing as a child and teenager, the in between years, how she finally got the right diagnosis for a long-time injury, and her renewed mindset for training and competing gymnastics now. She also shares some of her favorite resources for inspiration and training. (Please consult a physician or fitness professional before trying out any of the stretches we discuss, or if you want to learn more about spondylolisthesis. This podcast is not meant to serve as medical advice.)

44 minSEP 12
Comments
Unfinished Business: How Lori Vollkommer Returned to Gymnastics after Three Decades Away
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