Tumble Along With Betsy! Betsy McNally Laouar is a personal fitness trainer, nutritionist, professional body builder, gymnastics coach and best selling author of two books, Binges and Balance Beams and Gymnachef. She works exclusively with gymnasts, coaches, and families within the gymnastics community to teach about balance in nutrition and fitness through her world renown traveling Betsy Bootcamps. For so long, the gymnastics world has been centered on extreme nutrition and fitness practices. Betsy uses her experiences to connect lessons from both her life and other coaches, athletes, parents, experts and specialists to change the culture of the gymnastics community. Through education we can help to develop better understanding of what our athletes need. Betsy is also the mother of a nonverbal autistic child and will cover topics of mental wellness, positive body image and how the gymnastics community can come together. She's just trying to "figure it all out" and wants you to tumble along with her!
Episode #24: Gina Pongetti: "Heart Before Medals" Preparing Olympic and World Champion Gymnasts
In this episode I interview world renown physical therapist Gina Pongetti, who has traveled the world aiding and training Olympic, World Champion and competitive gymnasts at every age and ability.
We discuss everything from her recent stint at the Olympics and the “twisties," to more topics such as athlete awareness, wellness, and more controversial topics such as the history of abuse in our sport, nutrition, eating disorders, injuries, advocating for athletes and most importantly the relationships and communication between and amongst coaches, athletes and parents.
There are some PG 13 moments in the episode and we touch lightly in a constructive way on some of the abuses in our sport and how we as clinicians can provide better solutions and services to our athletes and coaches. Gina is a world of knowledge, experience, insight and an amazing advocate for our gymnasts! Thank you Gina!
You can find out more about Gina and her crew of 60 plus clinicians at Website www.medgym.net
Read articles and works with Gina;
The Layer of Fear: https://www.insidegymnastics.com/news-features/thelayeroffear72721-2-2/
The Physics of Simone:
Simone Twisties: https://www.medgym.net/thetwistiesexplained-simone-biles-womensartisticgymnastics/
The Tolls of Being an Elite Gymnast https://www.nbcolympics.com/videos/physical-and-mental-tolls-being-best
#23 Chellsie Memmel: "Finding The Joy Again" An Olympic Gymnast is reborn
World Champion and Olympic Elite Gymnast, Chellsie Memmel, aged 33 is on top of the world.
This past gymnastics season, Chellsie rocked the gymnastics community as she made an amazing comeback to the Elite Gymnastics World.
In this podcast we discus how Chellsie has found joy again in her sport, by training on her own terms, balancing family time, recovery time, mom time and work time all in the name of JOY for the sport.
We also discuss what drove her to come back. How she got in shape, her current nutrition practices, her recovery, training and how she does it all and manages to do it all with a smile on her face.
I for one am so inspired by all that Chellsie has done to rebirth the gymnastics community and inspire all of us ahem “people of a certain age” to be BETTER…
To find out more about Chellsie check her out at:
My GymJudge www.precisionchoreo.com
Episode #22 Jason Silverman: Grow your gym business by getting out of your own way!
Are you a gym owner, coach or entrepreneur who is seeking a better way to run your business,,, or you know there there is a better way, but you don’t know how to get there?
As Jason always says:
‘You Can’t Steer the ship while you’re busy serving drinks in the lounge”
Jason Silverman is a serial business coach and entrepreneur who is 100 percent passionate about making the world a better place one business at a time. He helps gym owners and business owners get out of their OWN way to get on the RIGHT way!
This episode is great for any business owner, but specifically for those in the gymnastics, cheer, Martial arts and dance industries. We dive into many of the limiting beliefs gym owners share such as “I shouldn’t make money because I work with kids, and it’s the way we’ve always done it”
Learn amazing mindset hacks to overcome self-doubt and limiting beliefs that are holding you and your business back!
Jason UNDERSTANDS the gym community and gives many awesome tips, nuggets and motivation for anyone who wants to get better, be better and do better!
Stop the “yeah BUTS” and start steering your own ship and stop serving drinks in the lounge! Let’s dive into it with Jason Silverman!
You can find out more about Jason
The Business of Gymnastics Facebook Page
On “The Real Deal Podcast”
Episode 21 Melisa Torres: Author The Perfect Balance Gymnastics Series, "It's All About Change"
“It’s All About Change” In this episode of Tumbling Along with Betsy, Author Melisa Torres and I discuss many important topics facing the world of gymnastics, including her newest book: “Season Of Change” which deals with topics ranging from a new gym, new coaches and relearning skills, all challenging parts of a gymnast’s journey.
We also discuss a major them in her next book series: PUBERTY and BODY CHANGES and how this will be a central them in the next segment of her Perfect Balance Gymnastics Book Series.
I truly enjoy working and talking with Melisa because we have the same mission on helping develop well rounded, confident, independent and strong young women. I’ve realized just how very important it is to be a strong woman leading other strong women in our sport. I would encourage any young reader and gymnast to pick up this book series.
Some other major topics of discussion in this episode:
How reading is so important to our kids and broadens their vocabulary and life experiences.
SafeSport and how she used her latest book to encourage athletes to have a voice.
The lack of diversity in literature and how gymnasts have acquired BALANCE through COVID
How women cheering on other women (girls cheering on girls) is a central theme to her books.
Also, when checking out of Melisa’s store you can receive 10 percent off all of your purchases when you use the code BETSY10 coupon code!
Check Out Melisa on her website:
Episode #20 Ariana LeBlanc: The Mindful Gymnast
Gymnastics is a scary sport and as a former Elite gymnast, Ariana LeBlanc has first hand knowledge of the mental challenges surrounding the sport. She uses her past experiences as a fearful, anxious athlete suffering from low self esteem, as fuel to help her top level athletes gain mindfulness, emotional, mental and physical control of their actions in the gym.
In Episode 20 of Tumbling Along with Betsy we cover:
-Why gymnastics is such a scary sport
-Offer hope to those athletes struggling with self doubt, anxiety and low self esteem
- How to bring athletes back to the present moment through breathing
_How Ariana engages her athletes with specific fears and dealing with “what ifs”
-Children as individuals and different learners
- Gymnasts advocating for themselves and the current state of gymnastics
- How using the breath and meditation can help gymnasts overcome anything!
I was particularly excited about this episode as Ariana is a client of mine in my mentorship program! It has been fun to watch her business soar in the gymnastics community!
Ariana LeBlanc holds a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health and is a school based clinician who also works with Gymnasts! Her experience in gymnastics is vast, as a child she was and Elite gymnast and a member of both the United States Tops National team as well as the Junior Elite National Team
You Can find out more about Ariana and contact her about her services for athletes and children at http://www.themindfulgymnast.com as well as on Instagram, the.mindful.gymnast as well as on Facebook as Ariana LeBlanc
Episode #19 Coach Taylor:The GYMGINEER: Where gymnastics meets Physics!
Where Engineering meets gymnastics!
If you are a coach of gymnastics, young or old, take some time to listen to this refreshing up and coming coach!
Coach Taylor and I are just two coaches hanging out talking about his journey in gymnastics, his passion and recent career change.
We discuss the structure of the sport and how it molded him. The love and WHY people need to do gymnastics!!! How gymnastics is quite simply PHYSICS and how it carries over to EVERYTHING in life!
We also discuss several other important topics. What its like being a collegiate walk-on gymnast, the love for the sport, the topic of diversity, inclusion and race relations as being the “elephant in the room."
In this podcast we have an honest and frank discussion on the fact that we all have work to do! The Gymgineer does a great job equating progressions of race relations to progressions of gymnastics skills-genius!
He also gives props to strong women and men coaching partnerships! We discuss athletes who want to quit and dealing with conflict analytically and empowering kids!
Check Coach Taylor out!
Other topics we cover:
Career change, taking a pay cut for passion!
Mental health being happy in your career!
How much he loves pizza, play football and his dog Lima!
Instagram: COACH TAYLOR: @the_gymgineer
Facebook: COACH TAYLOR @thegymgineer
About Coach Taylor:
Gymnastics coach and specialist
Licensed EIT Certification
University of Iowa
Media Intern Inside Gymnastics Magazine
Betsy gets it!
Gymnastics is such a challenging and specialized sport. Betsy gets it and her content can help you or someone special to you achieve their full potential. Both of my daughter’s have benefited from working with her. Her podcast is full of great information and her motivation is infectious, thank you Betsy!
Gymnastics & sports mindset
Fantastic podcasts on a great variety of topics related to gymnastics, girls in sport and overall fitness. Great energy and breadth of knowledge. Thank you Betsy for all you do to keep us learning and growing!!
Listened to my first podcast from Betsy and am addicted. So easy-going and informative. Great info for me to use and for my gymnast! I am definitely going to be listening on a regular basis! Thank you!