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Gymnastics Training Article: Giant Swing on Uneven Bars
The gymnast must think of the skill as a giant swing OVER the bar. Here is the sequence of thoughts or cues for the coach and gymnast... Perform the cast handstand, push through the shoulders on the fall, look at the low bar, kick her feet under the low bar to open the hips and squeeze the buttocks. See the floor, wall, and ceiling, then kick (tap) as aggressively as possible over the bar and toward towards and then the wall behind the gymnast. That is so much different than what many gymnasts think and do during this skill.
With young girls they are often not strong or powerful enough to tap at the same time as an elite male gymnast would tap, so they must tap later than when a powerful gymnast would tap so that she gets over the bar. Many female gymnasts are not strong enough to hold the correct position for the length of time from the tap at the bottom to the time she begins to fall for the next giant. The young female gymnast may need to tap when her belly is facing the ceiling when she begins to learn the skill. As she gains strength and speed she will naturally begin to tap earlier. Girls often must learn giants a differently than boys because the center of gravity with their bodies is often at their hips, their lack of power, and they must consider the body positions to pass the low bar. Make sure you are considering all of these factors when you train your gymnast.
The gymnast should be performing tap swings and giants on the straps to become comfortable with speed and high numbers in each set. She should be able to generate a giant from a tap swing on the straps before she learns the skill on the uneven bars. The coach should then spot the gymnast for a minimum of 3-6 giants in a set on the uneven bars for at least 4 sets during each workout so that she becomes more comfortable with the skill. If the gymnast only performs 1-3 giants in each set she may never develop the speed and power necessary to progress to more advanced skills.
Many gymnasts need more handstand work and planche drills than they currently perform. Many coaches do not offer enough conditioning that helps with that last portion of the shoulder movement to open the shoulder angle. The wall climb exercise works wonders for cast handstand strength. That drill is explained at the end of the article.
common issue regarding the timing of the giant is that some gymnasts flick
their wrists too early. This often causes the shoulders and core to open
into an arch and that results in a fall from the bar. Another common problem
with this skill is that many gymnasts think they should stop in a handstand
at the top of a giant. When they attempt to stop in the handstand, which is not
correct, they end up stalling and falling because they did not make it to the
top or over the bar.
Here is the link to the page with the Cast Handstand Conditioning E-Books.
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Karen Goeller has been training athletes since 1978. She has an education that includes training in emergency medicine, physical therapy, and nutrition. She has held certifications that include NSCA-CSCS, Fitness Trainer, EMT-D, Nutritional Analysis, and many Gymnastics Certifications among others. Besides being author of the Gymnastics Drills and Conditioning books, Karen is the author of the Swing Set Fitness books. She has also published journals, training programs, and articles. Her books are used by fitness experts, coaches, teachers, and athletes worldwide. Karen has worked for world famous gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi, owned a gymnastics club for ten years, and has been featured in several newspapers and on television many times. She offers sports performance training and private gymnastics training in NJ. For more on Karen visit www.KarenGoeller.com.
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Running Article: Running drills and suggestions for introducing running drills to young children.
Cast Handstand Article: Handstand shape while on the uneven bars and conditioning for this skill.
Glide Kip Article: Drills and conditioning for the glide kip, including position, strength, and timing.
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Gymnastics Drills and Conditioning Books: Topics covered in these books include Handstand, Leg, Ankle, Walkover, Back Handspring, Dance, Glide Kips, Cast Handstand, Clear Hip, Press Handstand, and More!
Gymnastics Drills and Conditioning Posters: Based on the drills books, but designed so that they can be posted on the walls for all coaches and gymnasts to view.
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