a podcast for those starting or competing gymnastics after it's "too late"
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.
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!
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.)
The Past, Present, and Future of Adult Gymnastics with Gina Paulhus
The first episode!
Better Late's first ever guest is Gina Paulhus, who runs the well-known Just Like Fine Wine Adult Gymnastics group on Facebook and has also run the longest running adult gymnastics camp since 2015.
Gina talks about her journey from competing in her teens and then making her way back to the sport after college. We talk about how adults doing gymnastics, at whatever level they choose, can be more normalized, and where this subset of gymnastics could go. Plus, what's up with the whole health insurance thing? Is that really what holds gyms back from letting adults train? Gina also shares tips for muscle training for lifelong fitness.
(Please consult a physician before trying out any of the stretches we discuss; this podcast is not meant to serve as medical advice.)
Trailer: Better Late
Introducing Better Late from Pam Majumdar
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It’s so refreshing to hear gymnastics talked about for the joy of the sport, as a part of the growing adult gymnastics community it’s great to hear like minded perspectives. Listening makes me want to head back into the gym, I can’t wait to train and compete again
I loved the interview with Lori Vollkommer. Dreams never die and it’s “better late!”
Very well done!
I love the choices of topics and interviewees. The podcaster(s) did an excellent job of covering the topics that are most important to adult gymnasts. I love that you are taking the time and energy to bring attention to this growing body of awesome adult athletes!