More gymnastics stuff today. Here is a video with some good drills to improve your handstands. Key Elements: Posterior Pelvic Tilt – flattening the lower back, to eliminate arching Protraction of the scapulae – Cue: “Chest in” Scapular elevation – Cue “covering the ears”, shrugging up via Gymnastics Coaching
Over at Gymnastic Bodies you can see a demonstration of Planche Dips. An excellent exercise to build upper body pushing strength. Progressions: This movement may also be performed with a tuck, advanced tuck, ½ lay or lay in addition to the straddle planche position demonstrated in the video. And before I get any comments on […]
From the category of unusual skills. Kip-up to Handstand.
Alexandr Balandin became 2012 European Champion.
Carl Paoli goes through some Planche progressions. hand positions planche lean planche lean with elevated feet (feet on bands) planche lean with elevated feet, one foot free Headstand to Frogstand Frogstand while extending one or both legs Part 3 goes over some tuck Planche variations working towards flat tuck. Part 4 has a bouncing variation […]
Christopher Sommer posted a video of one of his athletes, Dillon Zirke, doing a Reverse Muscle Up. The equivalent of something basic like a pull up for the pros (See Gregor Saksida’s Reverse Muscle Ups to L Sit Iron Cross). One of the coolest ring exercises if you ask me. Prerequisites: straddle planche or harder […]
Here is a chart by Steven Low from his book Overcoming Gravity. It compares the difficulty of bodyweight / gymnastics exercises relative to the others. Of course it is hard to compare what is sometimes apples and oranges, but I think he did a pretty good job. Check it out on Google Docs.
The 2012 Gymnastics European Championships are being held in Montpellier. Here are a couple of nice still rings routines from the qualifications. Samir Ait Said Yuri van Gelder Aleksandr Balandin in the SR Team Final
Michael aka GymnasticsBreaks goes through some gymnastics leg raise variations. Russian Leg Lifts hang to L V to L to V circular leg lifts (side to side) and one handed, why not