Today I want to talk a little bit about conditioning and shaping on bars. Predominantly THIS is where you should be spending your time, if you spend the time on the conditioning and the shaping skills come. Not only do the skills come, but the upper level skills come SO MUCH FASTER because the techniques and shapes are already there, adding a half pirouette to something is much harder with a sway back and bent arms. So take the time to work on the shapes.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this first video (from Tom Stevens at Team Central Gymnastics), so many nice conditioning and shaping ideas. The pike-up in reverse grip? Fantastic. The shape at 3:57? Lovely.
This second one is another nice one by Mary Lee Tracy. Once your kids can make good shapes consistently with elevated feet putting them on a physio ball is a good idea. It adds another dimension to it, and requires additional muscles that will improve your gymnasts core strength.
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