Alright so today’s post is about split leaps. Leaps are a hard thing to teach well, especially to itty bitty gymnasts. The videos that follow are drills I have found work well at combating SOME (not all) common issues I see. What do you do to teach/fix split leaps?
I really like the emphasis on the arms, chest and head in this first drill while working on pushing through the back foot and maintaining a good split. It’s hard to get young gymnasts to do it like this, but once they understand I think it fixes a lot of things.
This second video is a drill I also like a lot, because since the back leg is on a mat gymnasts have an easier time feeling when it’s bend. It’s also great for helping the lift their front legs without dropping their chests.
Photo Credit: Erin Costa
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