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Alternate uses for equipment

Hi All,

So today I’m going to talk a little about a piece of equipment that I don’t think get’s used enough in a lot of gyms and those are parallel bars. There are SOO many things you can use them for, conditioning, kip drills, cast drills and a lot more. Here are some videos that might give you some ideas.

I actually really like this way of introducing kips. I’ve seen several coaches now doing this, and I think it’s awesome. Have you guys had much success with this?

P-bar swings are another one of my favorite drills. The bars don’t have to be nearly this high, and it’s a great way to build up shoulder strength. When kids get a little older and stronger they can easily spot each other going to handstand.

Train hard!

Fun Friday #8

Hi All,

It’s Fun Friday again! Yippe! So, as sometimes happens this Friday is kind of a mash-up of things I think you might enjoy.

This first video is of a summer exhibition (this is just the optional team portion of it) that was done by Westside Gymnastics. A lot of gyms do exhibitions mini-olympics, summer jamborees etc. I always find it interesting to see how other gyms let their gymnasts show off their accomplishments, what time of year they do it, and if they have their team kids participate.

This second video is of a level 5 bar routine. Have you noticed that I love seeing compulsories that can cast?! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. Enjoy.

What fun videos have you come across?

Cast to — what now?

Hi All,

So lets talk casts. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “that’s not horizontal!” or “that’s not handstand!” etc. And I can’t say that I’m innocent in this situation, or that those things don’t need to be said. But sometimes our kids require more than words. So lets look at a couple drills that will help your athletes get to that handstand position we all want.

This first video is a drill I love to start with my itty bitty ones. I like to get them over the fear of falling over the bar as early as possible. It also gets them pushing down on the bar.

This second video is a FANTASTIC drill. That being said, it requires a lot of body tension. Be sure to talk to your athletes before trying it about keeping their arms completely straight, their bodies tight etc. I completely recommend it, it just takes a little more talking through than some drills.

What are your favorite drills for cast handstands?