So I was actually just thinking about this yesterday. The most common problems in front and back tumbling are a) shapes which generally stem from b) lack of turn over. Either in back tumbling gymnasts aren’t getting their feet in front of them on their round off or on front tumbling they aren’t getting their feet underneath them on a front handspring. There are lots of drill to remedy this – but it’s often takes a lot of time and some explaining to gymnasts. Golden State Gymnastics and Colden Raisher put together a GREAT video of some things you can do to help with both of these problems.
I have to admit I’m still not totally on board with the fall to pike (we have too many problems in our gym already with kids piking down back handsprings) – but there are other ways of doing it. Having gymnasts fall to their back in a flat body etc. Some of my favorite drills are 1:07 (kids can really feel if they are actually going backwards), 3:13 – getting the hips up and active is hugely important especially in beginning back handspring work. And 3:58 – differentiating between the shape you want and the shape you’re seeing is super important and helps gymnasts develop good muscle memory. Also if you are having trouble with front handsprings – many of us have gymnasts just beginning to learn them because it’s off season – try the drill at 5:54 for a few weeks. You’ll see a drastic difference.
Thanks to Golden State Gymnastics for putting this together.
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!