Today I’m going to share a couple drills that I find both interesting and curious. I’m going to preface this by saying I have never used either of these, so if you have views one way or the other I would LOVE to hear them. Whether or not you’ve used them I think discussing potential drills is a really important part of gymnastics.
This first drill is for blind changes. And I have really mixed feelings about it. One, I love that it’s on a bar that isn’t on the ground. I think it builds confidence, muscle memory, self efficacy etc. That being said, I’m not a fan of the fact that they start in an arch, and the late change worries me when it comes to muscle memory. Have any of you tried this drill?
This second drill is a drill for shoot-throughs. On general principles I really like it, hitting the cast position before pulling in the knee etc. The only thing that worries me is training the muscle memory of the back leg going sideways. That being said I use lots of drills that have aspects like this, you just have to make sure you don’t use them TOO often. Have any of you used this drill?
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Drill #1 I don’t think I would do for a few reasons: looks like it takes a while to set up, large room for error/injury, doesn’t reinforce the shapes I would like my gymnasts to hit through the skill. For example, starting in an arch like that. I would probably adapt doing a candlestick off a block, extension to blind change with the raised bar. I like that idea for sure