Today’s post is about “attacking” the beam. Gymnasts learning to “go big” and really put all the power they have into their skills on beam is highly necessary. Yes, I agree everything on beam needs to be highly controlled, but in doing that we cannot sacrifice power or height of skills. I wanted to share a few videos today of gymnasts really attacking the beam. One of the things that prevents our gymnasts from performing like this is fear. So it’s essential that you get your kids as comfortable on beam as possible, and no just comfortable, doing slow moving skills, but comfortable leaping, jumping, and flipping every which way.
This first video is of a really nice double back dismount. But look at the set-up. There is no doubt that she is going for that skill as hard as she can. ALL of our athletes should be doing that.
This second video is of Simone Biles. In my mind the is a great example of what “attacking” the beam looks like. There is nothing being held back.
Photo credit: Erin Costa
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The full 45 minute lecture of Bars Shaping from Pre-Team Up is now available for download, along with the full powerpoint and all of the videos!