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Gymnastics Training Article: Gymnastics Skill, Press Handstand
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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.
Gymnastics Training Article: Press Handstand
By Karen Goeller, CSCS
A press handstand in gymnastics involves the hip flexor, triceps, shoulder, abdominal, and chest muscles among others. The press handstand also requires hamstring and low back flexibility. Gymnasts must include plenty of sport-specific conditioning exercises in order to perform at their best with while reducing the risk of injury. General strength is much different than sport-specific (gymnastic) strength. An example of general strength would be the push-up. Gymnastics conditioning exercises for the press handstand, including those in this article, are sport-specific exercises. The best way to learn the press handstand within a short period of time is to perform gymnastic conditioning specific to this skill. Once the gymnast is strong enough to perform several repetitions of each individual gymnastic progression, they should be well on their way to completing the press handstand successfully. Once I broke the gymnastic skill down into several gymnastic drills for my athletes I had amazing success. My gymnasts performed the press handstand from sitting within very short periods of time, sometimes in as little as 6 weeks!
Here are two conditioning exercises for the press handstand. They are simple, but very effective. Download this article for free to read the rest of it!
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