How to do a Full turn

Start with one arm in front of you

Then pull your arms up and put your toe to your knee or ankle ( depending on your choice).

Put your foot in front of you, plie and finish.

When you finish point your back foot and push your arms behind you.

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Skill Saturday (Elbow Stand)

How do you do an elbow stand?

Well now you will know

  1.  Put your elbows on the ground near a wall. You can clasp your hands together or just have them lay flat.
  2.  Kick up to the wall and lean against it. Look at your hands the whole time.
  3. Try to come off the wall but don’t come back to the ground. Hold it there.
  4. Try that a couple of times until you have the hang of it.
  5. Then using a mat, Try it on your own. Make sure you kick up slowly.
  6. Think of an elbow stand as a handstand, just on your elbows. Align yourself with your shoulders and hold it there.
  7. Practice, because you most likely won’t get it the first time.

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What Gymnastics Practice is Really like…

In the beginning of gymnastics practice we do something to warm ourselves up. Running mostly.

Then we stretch and do conditioning which is very slow. Then we do all of the events. It always switches in the order though and usually we do vault and floor at the same time and rotate through all of the stations.  Bars and beam usually come last.

Then class is over.

So, if you are teaching yourself gymnastics at home just go through this process. Here are some skills you can do:

Handstand

Roundoff

Front Limber

Elbow stand

Forward Roll

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Pivot turns

Leaps

Jumps (tuck, split, and straight)

Splits (sides and middle)

Turns

 

Try these and keep improving them. You can always do better.

Handstand Progression for Intermediates

If you are stuck at a point in your handstand, follow these steps. I hope they help.

Step 1: Try to align your hands shoulders and ankles and pull your hips in as close as you can to align them too.

Step 2: Practice Handstands with stomach against the wall.  Only let your toes touch the wall and make sure your hands are as close to the wall as possible.

Step 3:  Practice against a couch or sofa. Facing out, put your hands as close to the couch as possible. Rely on the couch with your shoulders and look behind you.  Hold a hollow position and really push through your shoulders.

Step 4: Never give up and Practice practice practice!

 

Handstand Progression for Beginners

So, you want to learn handstands?

Handstands are a very difficult skill but fun to learn. Here is a beginners progression to learn them:

Step 1:  Handstand against the wall

Put your hands close to the wall. Start on the ground.

Kick up with your non dominant leg. You might not get up there the first time so keep trying. Make sure your arms are straight, your toes are pointed, your stomach, legs, and butt are squeezed and your hands grip the ground. I know this is a lot to think about but it will help you find your balance.

Step 2: Standing Handstand against the wall

For this step, you want to stand up in front of the wall. Have your dominant foot infront. Then kick up while your going down. At the very end bring your legs together and keep your body tight.

It should look like this:

 

Keep trying and don’t give up.

Step 3: Handstand off the wall

Don’t worry it is not too scary.

This time go up on to the wall like the previous step then give yourself a little nudge to come off of the wall. Try to hold it there. The longer you hold it the better it is. Try to keep your legs together as much as you can. But you do what you can do to stay balanced.

Things to Remember:

Squeeze your whole body.

Shift your weight on your hands. Like this:

Practice, Practice, Practice!

Have Fun!

 

 

 

Ever had that urge…

Every single day, I go to school.

In the halls, I always have that feeling to do a cartwheel or a handstand. Or while I am shopping. Or just anywhere really.

Gymnastics is very addicting.

I always want to be flipping.  I do stretches and the splits randomly. I love doing handstands and handstand walks and I teach my mom and my sister handstands.

Gymnastics is my life. I think I would be bored with out it. So I am glad that it is there.

So if you find something that you love to do like yoga, crossfit, Krav Maga, and more; keep doing it.