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Gymnastics Guide for Parents

Gymom Guru is a resource for parents with kids in the sport of gymnastics who are going through the amazing, crazy, wild, unpredictable gymnastics journey. I will share some of my journey as a gymnast, parent, coach, & VP at USA Gymnastics!

I’ve received lots of questions and inquiries on many topics like:

  • how the sport works – what are the tracks and levels
  • where do each of the tracks lead
  • how do you know if your child has talent
  • how quickly should you go through the levels
  • how do you communicate with coaches
  • how do you deal with fear and injuries
  • how to spot and avoid overuse injuries
  • how do you balance school and gymnastics
  • what do you do if your daughter wants to quit
  • how to deal with a coach conflict
  • how do working families manage healthy meals
  • how do you know if you are at the right gym

There are limited resources for parents, so my goal is to share my experiences in the sport in hopes that it helps your journey be a little less rocky.

About me ... Gymom Guru

I’m Luan Peszek and thrilled you are here exploring the site.

Here’s my story. I was a gymnast growing up and earned a scholarship to the University of Illinois where I competed on the gymnastics team for 4 years. It was a great experience and I also met my husband Ed who was a wrestler and a hockey player. I moved on to coach gymnastics at Northern Illinois University while getting a master’s degree in Public Relations. I worked 3 decades at USA Gymnastics in the Media & Communications department, then as Vice President of Women’s Program and finally as Vice President of Program Development until 2017.

During my time at USA Gymnastics I attended/worked three Olympic Games and more than 10 World Championships. I had the privilege of working with the best gymnasts in the world!

My husband and I had two daughters who loved and excelled in gymnastics. Samantha was a TOP’s National Team Member and went on to make the Junior National Team at age 12. She won a team gold medal at the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart and a team silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She continued her gymnastics career at UCLA where she became a three-time NCAA Champion (once in the all-around and twice on beam). Sam is now a broadcast journalist and has her own business, Beam Queen Bootcamp.

Our youngest daughter Jessica is a 4-time JO National qualifier and became the Senior MAC gymnast of the year in 2017 competing for Western Michigan University. Jessie is now in grad school getting a master’s of anesthesiology.

To sum it up!

I have been a gymnast, coach, administrator or Gymom for my entire life, and I’m passionate about the sport of gymnastics and fitness in general. I wanted to share some tips and tricks we’ve learned along the way on our journey.

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