A lot of times when I want to keep moving forward, but I realize I need to step back and return to basics. One of the hardest thing I find to teach and to maintain is arms on beam, and keeping them focused while doing so. These are some of the drills we’ve used that have helped our gymnasts be ‘locked’ into the correct arm shape. About ten minutes of this per practice and you’ll seen tons of improvement!
In this video we use this to create proper presentation arms. I usually have the girls try to take at least 30 steps down the beam so they can stay focused on their shape and they don’t rush. One of the things to watch for is piking in the hips. She is pulling her hips back just a little, and you really want them pressed forward. Also, because here we are working that high oblique position, I would really like her fingers stretched which you can do by pinching the theraband between thumb and middle finger.
You can utilize pvc pipes for keeping the arms in the right position. You’ll see a lot of times (this video included) the girls tend to come up out of the lever with the head out. The pipe helps them focus on the arms without letting them get too wide.
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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!