Tuesday, May 29, 2007

I could fly

Back in the day.My senior year, 1975. another view.

gymnastics is seriously addicting.


Guarden said...

Damn it looks cool.
Is there any place where you have written all the things you have participated in?

Mark Reifkind said...


my resume is on my website


Christine Petty said...

Wooo! Now that looks like fun!

Mark Reifkind said...

yeah christine it was always fun. we used to train for 4-5 hours a day 5-6 days a week and I never once thought of it as work.you could fly; it rocked.

Guarden said...

Holy cow.
If I just master half of what you have done I will be happy.
Extremely motivating to read.

Royce said...

Gymnastics and parkour are the 2 things that just amaze me to watch. It looks amazing, I can't even imagine what it feels like to do!

Mark Reifkind said...

thanks for the kind words.its been a very interesting journey.

leslie said...

So beautiful!

My 13-year-old is a level 8 gymnast, practicing 20 hours a week. He LOVES it, or there's no way he could do it. We pray that his body will stay healthy and that if/when it's time for him to be done with it, he'll be able to make peace with his decision.

I was the mom who believed kids should be kids with lots of free time. How did this happen?!?! :)

Pete Diaz, RKC said...

Rif, I took a intro to gymnastics class in college, and I am truly impressed with gymnasts. You can bench all you want, but to hold an Iron cross is strength on a whole other level! Nice pic!

Mark Reifkind said...


as much as I love(d) gymnastics and coached as well as competed, that true competition gymnastics is perhaps the most dangerous sport your kid can do.there is NO such thing as an elite gymnast without multiple joint injuries and as you can tell from my blog, these injuries last a lifetime.
gymnastics training(basic) is great for kids but early specialization, lack of antagonistic muscle balancing and the constant pounding always takes a toll,especially on these young bodies.
as I said, gymnastics is addicting but that doesnt mean its good for the gymnast.
please be careful with your son.

Franz Snideman said...

Amazing photo Rif!

I hear they are casting for a new marvel comic movie......

they are calling him RIF MAN!

Mark Reifkind said...

lol Franz, thanks man but that was a LONG time ago.

hou said...

If I just master half of what you have done I will be happy.
Extremely motivating to read.
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