Winning Gymnastics for Girls (Winning Sports for Girls) Paperback – 31 Jan 2004
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The book starts off with a brief introduction and a history of gymnastics. Then, there's a chapter on starting gymnastics with helpful hints on what to look for in a gymnastics club, choosing the right club, what to wear, the type of equipment in a typical club, and much more. An advantage is that this book also offers a chapter on safety, with tips on spotting, landing, and falling, along with helping to prevent yourself from injury.
The instructional portion of this book covers a very nice chapter on conditioning, along with basic skills on tumbling, floor excercise, balance beam, vault, and uneven bars. Black and white instructional photographs are included for most skills, but I wish that they were a bit more detailed and that there was more of them.
Plus, the book also has sections on competing in gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, cheerleading, parent and tot programs, a glossary, gymnastics resources, and further reading. It would be a very helpful book for beginners who want to get far and have fun in gymnastics, along with intermediate and advanced gymnastics too.
After reading the book I had the impression that the author, other than a lot of enthusiasm for the sport, had rather limited direct experience with gymnastics. I found the book too detailed for more advanced gymnasts (also well short on more advances techniques) and not detailed enough for beginners. I also had the impression that he tries to cover all areas however remained short on explanation/advise in almost all areas (too thin). In some parts the book resembles more a brain storm session (by quickly, inadequately describing a technique, that is not even needed) than a coaching aid or advise for young gymnasts.
The book had only a few tips and ideas that I found useful.
I therefore suggest - if you are an athlete, coach or parent - to pick one of the other books on gymnastics as this is unlikely to deliver what you are really looking for.
The difficulty in general is that purchasing books on the internet gives you in general, insufficient information on what to really expect, and misleading titles, as well as one single review (or sometimes none) may move you to make the wrong choice.