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Teaching gymnasts to find correct body shapes

Hi All,

So today I’m going to talk a little about body shapes. I must say when talking to my gymnasts one of the most frequent things that comes out of my mouth is “can we have one shape? Instead of like…oh, 27?” But not only am I looking for their body to be in just one shape, I want it to be in the RIGHT shape. So here are some drills that might help.

Teaching gymnasts to be straight

This first drill is a video post by Al Fong to help with body tension, straight knees etc. It’s great, and I think the partner aspect of it gives a lot to it.

This second drill was posted by Mary Lee Tracy. I have to say, I really really like this drill for some things, ie. the shaping aspect of it. And am a little wary of it for other reasons, I don’t like kids feet moving backwards that far behind their hands, because it doesn’t really teach them to lift their hips. But for the purposes of this blog post I feel it fits in well.

Train hard!


Ah, Yurchenkos…

Yurchenkos are a tricky thing to teach. There are a lot of different theories, and a huge number of different components to the vault. Here are just a few videos that might help you.

Drilling yurchenkos before going over the vault

I love, love, love this drill. Getting kids over the fear of going onto the table as opposed to a resi mat etc. can be VERY difficult. Once your kids have a good round-off back tuck up to a high resi, or round-off double back into the pit this is a great way to go. Especailly at first, it’s better to be too high on than anything else. This helps mitigate the fear of the table.

This second drill is really, really good for seeing/fixing shapes when kids are hitting the table. It helps a lot with body tension, and helping the kids feel where they are supposed to be.

If you would like to find more drills like these click here for my mini ebook on beginning yurchenko progressions – Beginning Yurchenko Progressions

What are your favorite Yurchenko drills?

Train hard!