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Finding Alternatives to Conditioning

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Melissa Rinehart is the Head Women’s Gymnastics Coach at the University of Denver and coached the team to a 2021 NCAA Big 12 Championship. Rinehart was a gymnast at the University of Florida from 1989-92, going on to coach in 1993 at the University of Florida and then the University of Michigan from 1994-98. Since 1998, Rinehart has been coaching at the University of Denver leading the team to five team appearances at the NCAA National Championships (2019, 2017, 2009, 2008, 2001). In 2019, she was selected as the National Head Coach of the Year and in 2021 led the University of Denver to their first ever Big 12 Conference Championship.

In this video, Melissa Rinehart discusses finding alternatives to conditioning. She states that for youth athletes, incorporating conditioning into a game or contest is a great way to motivate kids to complete conditioning. She also describes integrating conditioning into practice is another way to make conditioning seem less daunting, especially for youth athletes.