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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!

Interesting Ideas

So today I’m going to talk a little about interesting ideas. Or well, at least, ideas I find interesting/might not have thought of on my own. These two videos are from Tammy Biggs, who has some really interesting ideas about what kids should be doing on beam.

This first video is of sideways handstand walks on the beam (I’ve mentioned these before), this is SUPER helpful for helping kids understand where vertical is, and it’s just something that I don’t think would have ever crossed my mind before I saw kids doing it.

This second video is something I’ve actually incorporated with pretty much all of my gymnasts (who have the flexibility). I use various versions of it from before kids learn back walkovers. I start with it once kids can backbend. I then have them move on to the one leg backbend (no standing up), and that’s a prerequisite of mine before teaching kids back walkovers. But as they get older sticking it on the beam is a FABULOUS idea.

Train hard!