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Don’t let them do it wrong

Hi All,

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.

Train hard!

Haven’t made up my mind

Hi All,

Alright, today I’m going to talk a little bit about something I haven’t come up with firm views on yet. If you do have a strong (or otherwise) personal philosophy please feel free to share. We (being anyone who spends any extended length of time in the gym) see a lot of back pain/injuries. There are plenty of philosophies as to what to do to prevent it. Limiting impact, decreasing the amount of slow arching skills, strengthening both the back and abs etc. That being said we can’t COMPLETELY avoid slow arching skills, nor should we in my mind. That being said, I haven’t come to a solid conclusion as to what the proportionality should be. If there should be a maximum and what that maximum number should be. Here are a couple videos.

This first video is of a a lovely back walkover (stopping in a bridge), which is something I really like having kids do. But again, it seems we can only have our athletes do so many of them. I’ve known gyms to limit the number of back (or front) walkovers to ten a day. Or other things like this to prevent the overuse injuries we often see.

This second video is a drill that was done at TOPs camp that I actually really like. The control required and isolation of various muscles is GREAT for kids. That being said…how many times do we get to have kids do these very archy skills?

If you have opinions please share.

Train hard!