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  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on February 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    box handstand 

    The last thing you want to do with your beginners is SPOT their handstands.

    Here’s a good drill linked by Swing Big for those who are already excellent balancing against the wall. :-)

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Reminder – NEVER videotape any skill with the camera vertical. Move further backwards and video with the camera in the normal position.

  • 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 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.

  • Rick Mc 4:06 am on April 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Bar pullover progressions 

    Tumbl Trak:

    … For beginner athletes, building enough strength and confidence on bars takes lots and lots of steps that often get skipped in a typically rigorous, fast-paced gym curriculum. We’ve compiled a list of important success steps to challenge kids BEFORE the elusive pullover. …

    Strength Play on the 5-in-1 Bar

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 10:13 pm on February 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    girls using Rings 

    I love to see girls doing anything on Rings. They are even better for general upper body strength than rope.

    Click PLAY or watch a few drills on YouTube.

    I especially like the flyaway from Rings. :_

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

    (via Tumbl Trak email newsletter)

  • Rick Mc 12:31 am on June 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply  


    Just one of the hundreds of gymnastics video tutorials on BackHandspring.com.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:05 am on February 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    world’s eldest kip? 

    Diana can still do kip on Bars. She’s age eligible for all sorts of discounts … if you know what I mean. ☺

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    If you know of an ‘elderer‘ gymnast who can do kip, leave a comment. (We’ll need video proof as well as a copy of birth certificate.)

    Otherwise, Diana is World’s Oldest Kip. I assume she’ll now apply to be sponsored by Tumbl Trak.

    Diana trains at Twisters in Port Townsend, Washington. More photos.

  • Rick Mc 8:55 am on October 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    FUN Rope Activities 


    Pullover on a rope.

    And check out the “car wash” starting 2min 20sec.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Why don’t we do more work on horizontal and diagonal ropes? Brilliant ideas here, TumblTrak. Thanks.

    see more videos like this on the TumblTrak YouTube channel.

  • Rick Mc 4:03 am on July 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Bar – Pullover drills 

    Try to resist the urge to SPOT. Be patient with the drills, instead.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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