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Parallel Bars


Swing Parallel Bars


The swing on parallel bars is divided into front and back sections. During the forward portion of the swing, the gymnast should ensure that their body is not piked. As the body approaches the bottom of the swing the gymnast should maintain a slightly arched position from their chest. At this point the gymnast should kick their heels behind them, creating a slight arch in their body. Correct execution of the swing technique at the bottom generates a powerful forward and upward motion. As the gymnast’s swing gets higher and they begin to reach handstand, their body should become straight.

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Front Piked Drill Parallel  Bars

Back Swing Hop

A strong backswing is needed. Slightly before the handstand position, the gymnast performs a hop and grabs the bars in the handstand.

Front Piked Floor

Front Pike on Floor

The front piked somersault is a modification of a front flip in a tucked position. A front tuck flip is usually performed after a modest run. The last step of the run should be the hurdle. During the hurdle, the arms should be doing a circle sideways, from downward to upward. The arms should finish over the shoulders. The head should be in a neutral position with the body extended, slightly arched, with the hips forward. The gymnast should jump from their toes, with their feet together. During the flight, the legs are tight and moving backwards. The upper body follows the legs. The gymnast should hold the legs for a better regrouping. The piked flip could be performed without regrouping, but in this case, the flip is usually slower. Before the landing (when the athlete is around horizontal), they should open their body and land in a standing position.

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Front Piked Drill Parallel Bars

Front Pike on Trampoline

A trampoline can be very useful for improving flips, twists, and in this case a front pike. The gymnast should bounce and land in the same place in the middle of the trampoline.

Front Piked Drill Parallel Bars

Back Swing, Hop, Handstand on Mat

There should be stacked mats at the height of the bars. The gymnast should perform a hop and land in a handstand on the mats.

Front Piked Drill Parallel Bars

Back Swing, Hop, Flat Landing on Mat

The next step is to perform a hop, but instead of finishing in a handstand, the gymnast should rotate their body and land flat on their backs on the mats.

Front Piked Drill Parallel Bars

Back Swing, Front Pike, Landing Sit on Mat

The next progression is for the gymnast to perform a hop, but with an additional quarter rotation so that they land in a seated position.

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