Climbing the Rope

One of the things that sets gymnasts apart from the rest of the world is their ability to climb a rope that hangs from a tall ceiling (16-20 feet high). In fact, good gymnasts tend to make this feat look so easy that most of their brothers think they can do it, but can’t once they get out there. (This humbling experience for the boys is quite comical for the girls – and it makes the boys realize just how strong their sisters are.)

I love watching gymnasts climb the rope. It’s not because I’m a sadistic coach who likes to watch her gymnasts suffer and struggle. It is because I love to see my gymnasts fight. I love to see the grit and the tenacity that climbing the rope, under their own power, requires.

On the rope, a gymnast is only dependent upon herself. She must rely on her strength and her drive to make it up to the top. She is strong. She is powerful. She only has herself to depend upon.

This is one of the best lessons I can impart on my gymnasts: never give up on yourself. Fight for yourself. Get yourself to the top. Be successful. You are strong. You can do it.


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