Ascend Gymnastics is the home base for Best Darn Gymnastics and was recently honored as The USAG Development Program National Program of the Year for 2022 (The first time a Region 2 club has ever been bestowed that honor). The team at Ascend sets a high bar for achievements having recently had multiple athletes crowned National Champions at level 9 and 10.
The last two years has seen national titles from Level 10 - Jocelyn Sasson (‘21-Uneven Bars and ‘22-Beam and All-Around), Level 10 - Mackenzie Estep (‘21-Uneven Bars and ‘22-Vault), Level 9 - Jordyn Castillo (‘22-Vault), and Level 9 - Leya Naumchuk (‘22-Vault). Ascend also recently qualified two athletes to the prestigious Nastia Cup in Mackenzie Estep (‘21 and ‘22) and Jocelyn Sasson (‘22).
Currently Ascend has an athlete on the USA Elite National Team in Shilese Jones. Shilese qualified as a member of Team USA to compete at the 2022 World Championships where she was a member of the Gold Medal winning team. She also won Silver Medals on Bars and the All-Around. Shilese also recently won National titles on FX and UB, placed second AA.
Tumbl Trak stands for innovation and athlete first training within the sport of Gymnastics. Here at Best Darn Gymnastics, we greatly appreciate their contributions to gymnastics facilities across the country and world. As coaches first and foremost, we use a multitude of their products daily and honestly believe our athletes’ experiences are better because of these tools. Please take the time to check out their site and product catalogue (It is both vast and valuable).
One of our Founders, Brett Wargo, has been working with Tumbl Trak to design and bring to market a couple of exciting products - The first of which debuted on the market in June. The Porcupine Pad has been in the works for a couple of years and we are very excited for the opportunity to see it’s impact on gyms, programs and athletes worldwide.
At OZONE we understand the lifestyle of gymnastics because we are passionate about the sport of gymnastics. We created OZONE Gymnastics Apparel with the vision to be more than just a leotard company. Our vision extends to the daily needs of the gymnast, the coach, and the gym owner. From manufacturing and customer service to delivering all the essentials for an athlete, we understand that the gymnast needs a high-quality fabric that has a complimentary fit and performs under the stress of each practice and meet.
Our focus at OZONE is on creating a quality product at an affordable price. We are on the cutting edge of innovation leading the way in style and design. Through exceptional customer service, we provide competitive and practice apparel for every athlete at every level. From total customization to stock design, we are the next generation of gymnastics leotards.
Ozone Leotards supplies Best Darn Gymnastics and Ascend Gymnastics with training tanks, competitive leotards and warm-up attire for our competitive teams and hosted camps. They have a great team of people to work with and have been wonderful with their customer service. We thank them for their support of our team and business.
DRYbands patented wristbands prevent/eliminate wrist rips and secure grips to help keep athletes of all levels happy, healthy and safe. Not only are they customizable with your name, logo or favorite encouraging words, but they are machine washable as well!
We currently have a number of our own athletes wearing them at Ascend Gymnastics and they absolutely love their DRYbands!
At Koreleo, we don’t take performance lightly, and neither do
Our collection of game changing leotards incorporates the
proven benefits of medical grade compression to help reduce
inflammation while protecting, supporting, and restoring muscle
tissue that is often compromised by repetitive and exhaustive
We sourced a US-based medical textile mill and created
proprietary fabric to integrate in each Koreleo.
While the patented design may appear simple, its construction
and advantages are much more than the eye can see. While
we keep our patented features secret, be assured that the
benefits are measurable.
Whether injured or not, your athlete can take advantage of:
Dynamic lumbar support
Accelerated recovery times
Increased receptive input
Impact absorption away from the spine
Increased functional stability
Gymnastics Mindset Academy
Gymnastics Mindset Academy
Gymnastics Mindset Academy helps coaches and parents develop happy, healthy gymnasts who know how to win. Gymnastics is a mental sport and it is important to give your gymnasts the mindset tools they need to succeed. They have courses and coaching programs for individual gymnasts and gymnastics teams that are based on proven behavioral science. And results that speak for themselves. Check them out at gymnasticsmindsetacademy.com or Gym.Mindset.Academy on instagram, facebook or youtube.
Region 5 Insider
Region 5 Insider
As a former member of the coaching ranks in Region 5, I can attest to how much Jason and Kim of Region 5 Insider do to highlight and celebrate the athletes in the region. Even if you aren't from Region 5, check out the various content that is available because it is valuable to everyone around the country and world. From Coach's Wired to their All Access Training videos, there are nuggets of coaching gold within!
We at Best Darn Gymnastics just want to show our appreciation for this team that really goes above and beyond to bring positive gymnastics coverage to the athletes in R5!!!
Our friends over at Gym Kiwis are in-tune with the gymnastics world. They have created two very innovative products that have added value to programs and athletes around the country. Their reusable tape grips are sturdy and well made, and they provide a huge savings in time and energy making tape grips constantly in your program. Their Board Band is a killer product that keeps the safety zone snug to your vaulting boards at all times! No more yelling down and asking someone to kick in the sides of the safety zone. There is less risk of having a space in between the board and safety zone that minimizes the actual safety effect of the Zone. They also sell straps and Croc Jibbitz. Check out their website and products and help a small business grow!