Today I’m going to talk a little bit about habits. I recognize that the first, second even fifteenth time we ask a kids to do a new skill it isn’t going to be perfect. That being said, by the time a child attempts a skill by themselves I want them to have a good chance of doing it successfully. Even more than that I want it to be good enough that whatever goes wrong we can fix it quickly before whatever it is becomes a bad habit. Big examples of this (amoung other things) are: bent arms on kips and clearhips, and archy giants.
This first video is a great example I would love to see kids doing instead of trying a million kips by themselves. Until the mechanics of the kip are SOLID, spotted, and the shapes are relatively good (oh and the strength is there) I would really rather kids not try I million kips especially with bent arms (such a hard habit to break).
This second video is another great example. Teaching kids how to circle around the bar with straight arms (and in a good shape) is so, so, so important. And I would much rather coaches spend TOO MUCH time on these drills than not spend enough time and end up having to unteach bad habits later.
Not to worry!
The full 45 minute lecture of Bars Shaping from Pre-Team Up is now available for download, along with the full powerpoint and all of the videos!