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  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on June 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    backward roll for beginner 

    The backward roll is a very difficult skill for beginner gymnasts to learn. Here Christopher Brown from California Sports Centers shows a drill he uses to teach this basic gymnastic skill.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    The head is disproportionately large relative to the rest of the body in young children. That makes backward rolling significantly more difficult.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on April 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Rings are great for strength 

    For boys and girls. :-)

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Rings are one of least expensive apparatus you can add to your gym. Those from Tumbl Trak cost as little as $56.

  • Rick Mc 8:03 pm on March 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    backward hip circle training 

    Here’s a nifty product. :-)

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  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on October 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    introducing backward handspring 

    In an advanced recreation class it’s not possible to spot every child, even though they ALL want to work towards backward handspring.

    In fact, I ask my instructors to NEVER SPOT … with the rare, odd exception. :-)

    Tumbl Trak founder Doug Davis shows some activities kids can do safely and without spotting. A high level of physical preparation is required, of course.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    • Colleen 9:25 pm on February 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I love this video! I would love to learn more techniques for LESS spotting!


  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Quick Tip – Jumping 

    Swing Big:

    … one of the drills I do with young gymnasts to develop their punching and coordination. …

    There are lots of ways you can do these drills, this is with a small hula hoop, but I really prefer carpet squares or a chalk box on the floor. The more ways you can get gymnasts punching and jumping early, the better off they’ll be.


    click through to see the rest – Quick Tip: Developing Punching and Coordination

    (via Gymnastics Coaching)

  • Rick Mc 3:07 am on June 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    back somersault in 3 weeks 

    Nick English, a non-gymnast adult, for some reason decided to learn a “back flip”:

    … As I entered the sprawling gymnastics playground that is New York’s Chelsea Piers, I tried to forget that the piers were the Titanic’s intended final destination. …

    3 Exercises to Prepare Your Body to Backflip

    1. Hanging tuck-up: While keeping the chin tucked ever so slightly downward, bend the knees up toward the head, crunching the core and rotating the body as far backward as possible. Perform the move very fast, as the goal is to improve flipping speed.

    2. Box jump: Focusing on height, rather than depth, leap onto as high a platform as possible. Repeat as much as is comfortable.

    3. Lying bent-knee leg raise : With the knees bent and the lower torso rising off the ground, lift your legs towards your head. This is like a horizontal version of the hanging tuck-up. Perform the movement with arms stretched above the head, and it will train the body to not swing them too far backward during a flip. …

    Did it work?

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    (Okay, I acknowledge that Jon gave me a teeny tiny spot in this video—we didn’t film the two flips I did on my own. You’ll have to take my word for it.)

    read more – Greatest – Don’t Try This at Home: How I Learned to Do a Backflip in Just 4 Weeks

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on June 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    forward roll progressions 

    by Darlene “the Bean”.

    forward roll progressions

    GymtasticsGymTools.com – Progressive Exercise Programs Keep Building on the Basics

  • Rick Mc 3:06 am on June 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Beginner Backward Roll Safety Concerns 

    Gymnastics Zone posted the best summary of this issue I’ve seen:

    Beginner Backward Roll Safety Concerns

    Bottom line, … do backward roll activities very, very cautiously. The younger the children, the bigger their heads relative to the rest of the body.


    If they need spot, they are not ready for backward roll.

    I’ve even seen Adult Recreation gymnasts sore after doing backward roll on a hard, flat surface. :-(

    It’s a tricky skill.

    Downhill is far safer.


  • Rick Mc 10:48 pm on June 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    introducing forward roll 

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    (via Swing Big)

  • Rick Mc 2:50 pm on June 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    more drills build confidence 

    You could SPOT a beginner on backward handspring. :-(

    Far better is to set-up dozens of progressions without spot. Let the child move step-by-step at their own speed. Have success at each. Dozens of successes.

    Let them take ownership of the skill. :-)

    Carrie Lennox:

    In last month’s Tumbl Trak newsletter Doug Davis wrote about how progressions build confidence and reduce fear. Just thinking about an athlete “balking” in a round off-back handspring, or other tumbling series is enough to make me shudder.

    Connecting the Dots” is a way to describe all the steps involved in the physical preparation of an athlete and offering an athlete frequent opportunities to feel confident in every step in the process. In a recent video session filming skill progressions, we worked with a young athlete who has good basic training combined with good genes from her parents. The video session focused on cartwheel, handstand, and back handspring progressions from jumping to limbers to fly-backs to work in the pit, (which she had done in many workouts previously).

    After filming more than 30 different progressions that lead to a back handspring, our session ended in the pit where we saw in her a confidence and will to move on to her very first back handsprings!! Wooo Hoooo!! We cheered and celebrated with hip-hip-hurray’s and it dawned on me…..we had spent the last two hours “connecting the dots” for this athlete. All the preparation she had done in her classes, put together in a sequence, helped to give her to confidence and success.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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