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Hi All,

So I rarely do posts about rec gymnastics but I really wanted to do one today. Teaching kids things correctly right off the bat is so important, but also instilling in them a love of the sport and making them feel successful.


This first video is of a great pre-school/rec pull-over set-up that I’m sure a lot of you use. Especially in rec classes spotting pull-overs can be a chore but this takes a lot of the work out of it. It also often helps the kids with fear.

This second video is actually two different drills but for the purposes of this post I’ll ignore the handstand flat back one (even though it’s a good drill). Arms circles, I swear, can be SO AGGRAVATING. Especially in the beginning. Some kids get them instantly, but with other kids it takes a LONG time. But one of my favorite drills to do is exactly the drill he is doing at the beginning. Step off a panel mat, arm circle, stretch jump to land on whatever it is you want them to land on. Usually with rec kids I use a junior board even if they are a bit older just until they really figure things out.

Train hard!


  1. michele says:

    I just absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this blog. I am an ex-gymnast turn coach recently and when you are being taught that is one thing, but teaching it is totally different.This blog has been a lifesaver! Thanks for all the great tips.

    • Zari Goldmann says:

      Thank you so much for taking the time to write this! I’m so glad that these blog posts are helping you. And I totally agree, trying to teach how to do something is often SO much harder than learning how to do it in the first place.

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