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:



Front Limber

Elbow stand

Forward Roll

Backwards Rollhow-do-forearm-stand-yoga

Pivot turns


Jumps (tuck, split, and straight)

Splits (sides and middle)



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!