So today’s post is about taking your time with the tumbling. I know, I know, it’s fun sometimes to have the five year-old do a back tuck. I know sometimes we get tempted to have the kids JUST ADD that second back handspring. But here is what I am saying. In the long run, that’s probably going to do a little more harm than good. Yes, we need to up-train, yes we need to get our gymnasts turning upside down and flipping etc early. But please, please, don’t sacrifice technique for the sake of flipping.
This first video is of a back handspring set-up that I like. I don’t totally agree with the position at the VERY beginning, but I like the result. This is very similar to what I do with my gymnasts, and I would rather spot this for months than watch one or two of them do frog springs. It’s worth it to put the time in on the front end.
This second video is an easy way to help your girls keep their heads in. I wouldn’t recommend this with lower levels. But it’s a good way to emphasize (even if too extremely) where their head should be. I like this especially because one of my BIGGEST pet peeves is tumbling with heads out. But ESPECIALLY whippy back layouts that start by throwing their head back. If you have gymnasts doing that take them back a few steps fix the technical errors early. It will help immensely when they have to 1/1s and more.
Photo Credit: Nicole Webb’s Website
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