Today I’m going to talk a little bit about straight bodies and young gymnasts. I have to say this is a hard thing to teach. It’s one thing to be able to lay flat on the floor and be tight, but it’s all together another beast when you have to get young gymnasts to MAINTAIN that straight shape when doing skills. Here are a couple videos that I think are good ways to tackle this.
This first one is cute, fun, and I think is really good. It’s a good way to finish out class or add a fun side station and reinforce STRAIGHT.
This second one is a varation of the barrel drill for front handsprings that I posted a little bit ago. SO MANY COACHES run into problems teaching their gymnasts how to turn over with a straight body on vault (myself included). That being said, getting your gymnasts just to FEEL what turning over with a straight body is, is a big step, but spotting that a million times is hard. I really like this set-up.