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Proud Parent
Feb 16, 2008
Last week I went ahead and bought my DD a beam (12" high) and mat for the basement. All week she would get on her leo and head down to practice. The first night she struggled to do the level 4 dismount, maybe doing one out of 20 attempts. Yesterday before practice she went down and did 15 in a row, maybe not always holding the handstand 2 seconds, but getting up into it and turning. Last night at practice she was able to do the dismount off the high beam herself, even holding the handstand before turning.

Even her split leap and splint jump have greatly improved in a short time. Her coach was pleasently surprised. Needless to say she has gone from not liking beam to now loving it, that she has all of her level 4 skills. She just needs to learn the routine now, and that they should start doing this summer.



Moderator/Proud Parent
Aug 25, 2007
North Carolina
That is fantastic. We have a floor beam, but are thinking of getting a 12 or 18" one. DD really wants bars. not real sure how we would swing that one :)


Proud Parent
Mar 7, 2008
Region 7
We have the floor beam that folds up, but I've been shopping for a 12 or 18" one. We have to clear out the toys from the playroom first! No room for bars in our house :(


Proud Parent
Feb 10, 2007
I made a beam for my kids! I used a 4X4X12 piece of wood! and added padding then a piece of fake sued on it!! they love it!!


We made a 4 x 4 x 12 beam but found that it started warping in the middle. So, we made a 4 x 6 x 12 beam (still with the 4" side up) and that seems more stable and isn't warping.


Congrats to your DD! We have a 4x8x12 inch beam but I must say that my DD learned her dismount at gym first. She will now practice it at home, but I think the extra fluffy mats at gym made it less scary. I think a beam is probably the best piece of home equipment. That and a pullup bar!

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