Today I’m going to talk a little bit about endurance, especially on bars. Endurance is INCREDIBLY important, and not just in optional routines. Teaching kids how to swing strong the whole way through a routine is definitely an undertaking but it’s worth it. It will pay off in their gymnastics in the long term.
This first video, is one of a gymnast doing 8 clear hips in a row. Mind you, no routine you’ll ever find will have eight clear hips, but it’s great endurance training. How many of your athletes could do eight in a row? It’s definitely something to strive for.
Alright now watch this second video. A brilliant level ten bar routine. It has 16 skills in it. The new level 5 bar routine has 11 skills in it. That means we need to be training kids to do 10+ skills before getting off the bar. In my opinion this means more endurance work, less chalking up between every 2-3 skills, longer skill sets in complexes etc. If we want kids to be able to get through a routine of 16 skills, we need to prepare them to do it.
Photo Credit: Erin Costa