Alright, so I read a lot of forums, and I try to talk to as many coaches as humanly possible, and one of the things that seems to come up the most is “how do I make conditioning (or similar things) fun?” Essentially, how do I make my kids want to do this. And I’ve written about this before, I’m a huge proponent of fun in the gym, keeping a good, positive environment etc. But I think I need to emphasize this. It’s not always about the fun. Sometimes it’s just about the work. Putting in the work, 110%, executed to the best of your gymnasts ability, and insisting on consistency in that day in and day out. Here are some videos of gymnasts putting in the work.
This first video is of a gymnast doing a spotted pike press handstand. Even your kids who can press by themselves may have a hard time doing pikes. It’s a great way to increase the intensity (and also change the muscles somewhat) of press handstands.
This second video is of gymnast doing what I think is actually a really awesome conditioning station. I have kids do plenty of holds like this against beams/walls etc. But this is the first time I’ve seen a handstand trainer used. Neat idea. By the way these are one of my favorite pieces of equipment.
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!