Today I am going to do a quick post on back layouts on beam. This post is entitled “wait to put it on the beam” because I don’t think enough coaches do. We’ve all seen those layouts on beam that have knees bent at 90 degree angles and the gymnast lands with the chest on their leg. Well, my general thought is WAIT. Get it right off a panel mat, get it right on the floor. Then, and only then, put it on the beam.
This first video is just of a standing layout on tramp. I know some coaches don’t like one footed landings on tramp but that’s another thing. Doing things like this gives them a lot of confidence so that when they start putting it on the floor they aren’t just trying to find the floor.
This second drill is one I want all gymnasts to do before connecting layouts to things on the floor, or even on a panel mat. I want them to start in a split handstand (be square), stand up tall and fast and have a nice clean layout out of it.
Building Up Beam: Drills to Build Confidence and Correctness