Keep ’em coming, everybody! You can comment here or you can e-mail me at jeremy (at) apexgymnastics (dot) com.
Jeremy – Not really a technical gymnastics question, but what’s the best food to eat before a meet? Our next one takes place from 11am-1:30pm, right over the lunch hour. I used to hear that carbo loading the night before helps athletes perform (lots of pasta), but my husband tells me that has changed & they now think it slows you down. How do we get our kids prepped & strong before meets & all the time, especially if they are picky eaters?
Ooh, nutrition would be an excellent topic — I might have to pull in a guest columnist for that one, though, as it’s outside of my area of expertise.
I’ve always heard that lots of carbs and protein are best, but as I said, I’m no expert.
I’ll see if I can track down a nutritionist who might be interested in doing a guest column.
Here’s a question for you – how do you deal with a gymnast (in this case, a very powerful male gymnast) who is having trouble with Yurchenko vaults because he keeps going over the horse without putting enough weight on his hands to really block.
We keep trying to get him to turn his roundoff over more so that he will go back and not up, but that doesn’t seem to be taking.
I’d have to take a look to be sure, but I’d say you’re on the right track trying to get him to turn the roundoff over more.
How are his tsuks and hand fronts? I’ve usually found that Yurchenkos work best for very technical gymnasts, and hand fronts work better for very powerful gymnasts.
You might want to post that question on the chalkbucket — I don’t have as much experience as some coaches teaching Yurchenkos, but I’m sure somebody there could help you out more than I could.
Could you do a section on High Bar release skills? specifically the Jaeger. and mabey one on learning dismounts from Giants on the High Bar please. Also what would you do for a male gymnast who’s round-off can be very crooked at times?
Any help would be aprectiated, thanks.
Regarding the roundoffs, two things:
First, I always tell kids to try to fake me out when they do a roundoff — make me think it’s gonna be a front handspring, and then turn it at the last possible second. The later turn will usually help square the roundoff.
The second is a trick that Tony Gehman describes in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pr_EEWtJ8zY. A lot of coaches don’t like this and I have no problem seeing why, but I’ve had spectacular results with that trick.
As for high bar release skills, I’d want to get a bit mroe experience with them myself before writing a column about it — I know how a jaeger works on the theoretical level, but I have very little experience either teaching or doing them.
Cartwheels (often the hardest skill to teach beginners!)
the sport of gymnastics in comparison to other sports (Gym. is like learning 4 sports at once; required training time being much greater than compared to other activities; encompassing entire body; amount of time on progression etc). I think this would help parents understand the complexity of the sport and hopefully ease up on the “why can’t my child do skill X Y or Z yet” or “why aren’t they able to work on ___ yet” questions.
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