Sorry it has been so long since the last post. I promise regular posting will resume soon – but the beginning of the beginning of the year has been more than a little nuts. Today I wanted to share four progressions for bridges and walkovers on beam – specifically because there is so much fear around back walkovers and the fact that doing these four things can make a drastic difference.
This first one is where I would start – getting kids used to bridging on beam, being upside down, having their shoulders open and their hands close together etc. This is a nice introduction to all the things kids are going to have to do in their back walkover. It can also be a fun side station on your more advanced rec classes.
The second stage of this is simply moving the whole thing to the beam. This requires more confidence (and control) on the gymnasts end – and you really have to make sure they have a good bridge on the floor and shoulder flex before letting them do this. But this builds a huge amount of confidence before we ever ask them to back walkover.
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