I wanted to share a great a really nice video that Tony Retrosi put together that he did with his level 4s and 5s. This video contains a lot of the fundamental things that we need to be working on bars ALL THE TIME, and I think a good deal of it is applicable at both higher and lower levels.
I think it’s entirely worth adding a 5-10 minute circuit at the beginning of each and every bar rotation to work strength and shaping. There are several things I especially like in this video:
1. The use of lots of grips – introducing different grips early is super important and helps gymnasts be significantly more comfortable when it comes time to front giant etc.
2. Starting pirouetting early – there are lots of pirouetting drills that young gymnasts can do BEFORE they actually pirouette on the bar.
3. Shaping – I know I say this a lot. But the time you spend on shaping can make or break your bars. Make sure that it isn’t a “once in a while thing” it’s a “this is what we do every day” thing.
Find it here!
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!