Today I wanted to share some drills for handstands and dismounts on beam. Levering is one of the most common deductions I see, and also makes a huge difference in the quality of the skill (ie. kicking all the way up, ability to hold etc). These are some drills that we saw almost immediate improvement after working for just fifteen minutes on them. One of the biggest things especially with young gymnasts is reminding them, but saying “lever, lever, lever” over and over gets a little old. Here are some awesome ways to get that movement down and put it on beam, and even floor.
This is a good drill to add as a side station or into a warm up. I mostly like this because of the way it uses a reach to get good extension into the handstand. Having the line as a reference point for the hands got our gymnasts to reach vertical and most of them being able to hold it. Having them start with their leg already partially up helps remind them to lever without you having to say it.
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