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High Bar


Swing High Bar


The most essential skill on the high bar is the swing. Almost every skill on this apparatus consists of a front or back swing. This is why it’s critical for the gymnast’s future career that they can correctly execute this element. The skill starts at the highest point in the backswing. Their body should be in a hollow position with their head neutral. At the bottom of the swing, the gymnast should be slightly arched in order to whip and return to the hollow position in the front. There are a few modifications for the tap swing. The first is for flyaway. In this case, the gymnast should rap before reaching suspension. For a giant, the gymnast will need to accelerate the speed of their swing. This can be done by tapping slightly after the suspension. Regardless of the modification, after the tap, the gymnast’s body should continue in a hollow position until the top of the front swing. After that follows the back swing. Until the bottom of the back swing the body should be exactly tight. After the suspension, the body should begin to hollow to a slight pike and the athlete shifts over their wrists. This helps them remain on the bar. The back swing finishes at the top of the move in a hollow position.

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Back Giant High Bar

Back Giant

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The giant starts from a handstand. The gymnast is in a slight hollow position. Extending their body from the shoulders down to the bottom. At the bottom of the rotation, they should do a tap swing. If the gymnast wants to accelerate the giant, he/she should perform the tap swing from the bottom and afterward. A later tap yields faster acceleration. During the execution of a regular giant (after the tap swing), the gymnast continues the upward rotation in a hollow position. Simply said the only place in which there is a change in the position of the body is the lower vertical (during the tap performance). In case of acceleration, after the bottom, the gymnast should cut their shoulder angle slightly and aggressively kick upward with their legs from their feet. The body should be in a hollow to a slightly piked position. The giant finishes in a handstand.

Back Giant One Arm Drill High Bar

Swing One Arm

In the highest point of the backswing, the gymnast transfers their body onto the holding hand. They should squeeze their buttocks, lower their free hand next to their side, and maintain a hollow position.

Back Extentional Roll Floor

One Arm Giant Progression with Straps

For this drill, the holding hand should be in a strap, while the free hand should be holding onto the bar with a grip. The progression should start with lower swings and it should gradually increase in amplitude. At the last stage of the drill, the gymnast should pass over the upper vertical. A spotter is required.

Back Extentional Roll Floor

One Arm Giant wit Spot

During the second part of the giant, a coach is needed to correct the direction of the giant incase the gymnast goes crooked, and to spot for shifting of the wrist.

Integral part of gymnastics coaching process are skill drills. They help gymnasts to learn easier and technically correct. With GYM DRILL PRO you will find variety of ideas for the most the basic gymnastics skills. There are plenty of images with skill drill progressions. It is intended to support explicitly the qualified coaches in their daily coaching business. DO NOT practice without the guidance of proper professionals.