Tag Archives: back tuck

Doubles doubles everywhere

Hi All,

So today’s post is on double backs. Body awareness is HUGE in gymnastics, but it’s especially important when you start getting into skills with multiple flips (or twists for that matter).

This first video is of a GREAT WAY (I think), to teach double backs off bars. It helps keep the kids shoulders open, prevents tucking too early, feels similar in the beginning to what they have probably been training (high layout flyaways) etc. Great stuff.

This second video is where I would probably start with double backs if you have access to a pit. We used to call it “back tramp.” Its good fun, helps the gymnasts air awareness, and you can get all kinds of cool flips and twists coming out of it.

Train hard!

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Can you do a back flip?!?!

Hi All,

So today I’m going to share a video for back tucks, and one for double backs. Hopefully you all got the joke in the title. I’m sure most of us who were gymnasts remember conversations along the lines of “I do gymnastics” and someone responding with the sentiment “OMG, can you do a back flip?!”

This first video is a nice compilation of drills by Mary Lee Tracy. The one I use probably most of any of these is the jump to candle. I want kids to be able to get from right side up, to upside down quickly.

This second video is a really good series of drills for double backs. Be careful the first time you have kids flipping this drill, but have fun with it. It’s GREAT.

What are your favorite drills for back tucks and doubles?

The Fear Monster

Hi All,

So, I was talking about this with another coach the other day, and decided it was probably something I should share. My personal “philosophy” about fear is progressions, progressions, progressions. I never want a kid to just throw something (giants, tumbling, back handsprings on beam etc). I want to make sure the child is confident at each stage of the process and that the skill is technically correct. Here are a couple videos to that effect.


This first one is a PERFECT example. It’s another great video from Jason Mortimer. As we are in/approaching off season I know a lot of your little ones are probably working on getting this. It’s often scary for us (lets limit this), and scary for them. So giving them safe, confidence building ways of training the skill is important.

This second video is another look at double backs. A lot of gyms out there don’t have access to pits, and if you’re going to train doubles without one (or even with one) this is a great air awareness drill that gets kids confident in knowing where they are. This eliminates A LOT of the fear.

How do you combat fear?

Bouncy, bouncy, bounce, bounce!

Hi All!

So I know a lot of people look for ways to minimize impact for their athletes. Tumbling into a pit, lowering numbers of hard landings etc. One of my favorite ways of working skills, and muscle memory without all the impact is to work on tramp or tumble trak. Here are a couple ideas for you guys.

This first drill is one of my favorite stations to set up. Kids get a lot out of it, even though they don’t realize it, and it’s super fun for them. Its also one of my very first progressions (alright, maybe third) when teaching kids how to back tuck.

This second one I also really like, but fair warning it can end up looking really ugly at first. After a few goes is tends to get a lot better though.

What are your favorite drills on tramp?

Itty Bitties – Big Tumbling

Hi All!

One of my favorite things to do is work with young gymnasts on their tumbling. I’m always looking for new drills to fix shapes, increase air awareness and make things fun for them.

This first video is of an awesome drill Tony Retrosi uses. I personally love this drill. It helps the kids gain some air awareness, and it totally fun! Check it out!

This second video is of a drill I use quite frequently. I generally have my kids jump to candlestick on something slightly lower (a resi mat is good), and then bent their knees after holding the candle. This drill is a good second step after that.

Train hard!

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