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Fun Friday #17

Hi All!

It’s Fun Friday! Hope all of your summers are going fantastically! Here are two old compulsory routines (from the same child) that I really enjoyed. Hopefully you will too.



Train hard!

Oh, the importance…

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So I’m going to say this only once. YAY BASICS! Alright, sorry. Got that off my chest. So you can probably guess what today’s post will be about. I won’t sit hear and preach about the importance of good basics. I would hope that I have said that enough before. But is it just me or are they actually fun sometimes? I know they get mundane after a while, and we get sick and tired of correcting the same things. But TODAY, TODAY is one of those days I’m really excited about basics.

This first video is a nice little round off drill. I spend inordinate amounts of time on round offs. Possibly too much. But especially if kids end up yurchenko-ing….I just think it’s so important to get right from the start. I might start this drill with feet together and have kids step to a lunge and go, but that’s just me. I also would do it/have done similar things with therabands.

This second video is of elite compulsory testing. It’s very apropos to the basics post. So pretty.

Never overlook the details:

A Mixed Bag

Hi All,

So I was thinking about it last night, and trying to come up with a skill for today’s post and really I just wasn’t feeling inspired. So I decided I would just post a couple bars videos that I like. Ones a drill, ones a routine. Hopefully you’ll enjoy this post as much as the ones I do that have a specific skill in mind.

This first video is of Tom Forster doing a drill that I REALLY like. There are a whole bunch of ways that it can be set-up including those that don’t need to be spotted. But my recommendation is spot at first, and correct shapes as much as you can. You can hear/see him correcting her head position on the video (which effects a whole bunch of different things), so it’s a really good idea to start these progressions being really conscious of shapes.

This second is a level 4 bar routine (old). It’s pretty awesome. If you’ve read this blog much you’ll know I LOVE good compulsory gymnastics. And this routine is just splendid to watch.

Have you found any fun videos this week?

Before the Big Swingers

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Son one of my first posts on this blog was Big Swingers and it was not surprisingly about little munchkins who can really swing bars. So today I thought I’d share a couple videos about that little thing that is one of the fundamentals of bars….tap swings. There are a million different thoughts on this skill. When kids should start learning, where the coach should stand, how big hands need to be, timing of tap, amount of body shape change etc. I’m not going to tackle MUCH of that. Mostly just give you some ideas that might help you with day to day drill ideas.

This first video is one of Al Fong’s. It’s actually one of my favorite set-ups for tap swings. When kids are little and learning I love this set up, and only have them do one tap swing at a time, and come back into a hollow shape on the mats in the back.

This second video is of a drill (the first one) that I really like a lot (if I’ve gotten kids to understand it). Ie. I want their whole shape to change at the same time. Shoulders, hips etc. The second one I love, love, love. I really like the timing of it, and how the shape is emphasized.

What are your favorite tap swing drills?

Options on Options

Hi All,

So as we know new compulsory routines have come out, and we now have the option of having kids do stalders in level 5. I’ve already done one post on Stalders, but I thought I would share some more drills today, just to get thoughts flowing.

This is a great drill especially for teaching the late drop into a stalder and helping reinforce shapes. The nice thing is kids can do a whole bunch in a row.

This second video is a video put out by Gym Neo, and while it is in French, you can get a lot of what they’re saying by just watching the video. They have a bunch of great drills in here.

What are your favorite stalder drills?