So today I’m going to share a tip for something I know almost every coach struggles with at one point or another which is fixing “piked” front handspring vaults. There are a lot of ways to combat this including front layouts, heel drive drills etc. Over the years I have used all of these, but the drill I’m doing to show you is the best way I’ve found thus far of teaching young gymnasts how to turn over with a straight body.
The thing I love is that when gymnasts are starting front handsprings so many of them tuck, or pike on the way up but if you’ve been doing this drill for a while your gymnasts already know what a straight body feels like and then also know how to identify when something feels “wrong.”
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Great tip, just what we are teaching at the moment, shame we don’t have a barrel or anything similar though 🙁
Do you have a largeish physio ball? They are cheaper than barrels or octagons, and you can do a similar drill. It’s harder as the ball is unstable, but if you have gymnasts who can be tight it can work.
We use a physio ball and it works great!
Funny – I thought I made this drill up hahaha Damn, I’m not as clever as I thought!