We had a lot of fun with our girls today turning their back tucks into layouts and so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to share some drills on the topic.
This first one is great (as is everything Mary Lee Tracy puts out there). Nice solid progressions and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the fact that they are tumbling up.
This second one is just a nice way to introduce body tension to little ones. If they’re the right size, it’s a lot of fun and it’s them learning how to not change shape when they go upside down.
This is one I was actually doing a lot today. Especially with kids just learning to back tuck it can actually be easier to teach the layouts first because they have an easier time staying in one position. You don’t have to pop them up this high but with the little ones it’s actually pretty easy to do and helps them learn to not throw their head back.
This next one is one that I use really, really frequently with both tucks and layouts. It’s nice because you can feel if the gymnasts lose their body tension when you spot – which means they’ll lose body tension in the air.
This is a nice one from Neil Resnick I like the drilling of the arm timing a lot and the fact that it’s a no spotting station.
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