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Don’t Be Fooled By the Flexors!

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Did you try it? Did the sitting pike fold work for your gymnasts and their kip? Read last week's article here if you have not tried this yet!  I am going to guess that 8/10 of your gymnasts complained about a ‘cramp in their hip?’ If this sounds familiar- then I could be about to solve your problem! If not, then you are about to learn a fantastic way to overcome tight hip flexors. When completing a seated pike stretch with your legs straight out in front of you past 70 degrees of flexion, the stretch from the adductor magnus ischial...

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Still Confused on the Kip?

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Ok, so you tried the seated pike fold exercise… did it work? Are your gymnasts there yet? If you are not screaming ‘YES!’ yet then let’s see if we can help some more! Check out the first article here. The seated pike fold is a great kinesiological (remember, that means with movement) stretch that can and should be done at all levels in gymnastics. The stretch, which relies mostly on the deep and short hip flexors, requires deep hip flexion. Below I will outline some of the key factors that are required for a successful standing pike fold. Give it...

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So Flipping Close!

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Are your gymnasts frustratingly close to achieving their back handspring, but you can’t seem to find the missing link as to why they are not quite there?! Your problem could soon be solved! HOW? The mechanics of a back handspring can be broken down into three parts. First, a deep squat is created, ensuring a platform for takeoff into the action. Second is the flight phase. This requires elevating the body up into an arched handstand shape in the air. Finally, the body snaps the legs down for landing- which is not a natural progression for the body to follow. Below...

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Conquering the Kip

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There is no denying that a kip is a staple move for any gymnast. Whether you are training for the Olympics, or learning your grades- you can’t make it as a gymnast without this skill. Once you have mastered it, there is no stopping you on bars, yet there is nothing more frustrating than learning it! The complexity of this skill requires great timing, strength and flexibility. Luckily there are many drills that can simplify learning this skill as a whole; making coaches and gymnasts lives a little easier! It can seem daunting to know where to start because almost...

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Ludivine Furnon - 1996 Atlanta Olympics Team Optionals

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