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.
The gymnast should perform this exercise in support on parallel bars. The gymnast should hold a hollow body position.
The gymnast should start this drill in support on parallel bars. The body should be in a hollow position. The gymnast should walk down the bar using their arms, moving one then the other. The gymnast should execute this drill with their feet together, maintaining the hollow body position.
The gymnast should start this drill in support on parallel bars. The gymnast should hold an exact straight body and begin to bend their arms as much as they can. It's best if the gymnast can perform this exercise with their arms bent more than 90 degrees. The gymnast should follow this motion with an extension of the arms, returning to the starting position.
The gymnast should start in support on parallel bars. They should begin with low swings under the bars and gradually increase the height of their swing. The front-swing should be slightly arched until the bottom of the swing, where the gymnast should begin to hollow. The backswing should be performed with a straight body until the gymnast begins to return back to the bottom of the swing. At which point the gymnast should begin kicking with their heels, letting their body become slightly arched.
The gymnast should start by hanging on the high bar with an under grip. The hands should be placed apart at shoulder width. The gymnast should raise their legs into a piked body inverted hang with their legs between the arms. The gymnast should slowly lower their piked body into an inverted straight body hang. They should attempt to hold this inverted hang with a slight arch and neutral head position. For better results, extend the duration of the hang time.
The gymnast should sit down with their legs on an elevated obstacle (block, mats) roughly 16 inches in height. The gymnast should straighten their arms and legs in order to hold themselves in a support position with their body off the floor. The gymnast should push their hips upward in order to rid themselves of the piked body position. This simulates the body position during their front-swing. Gradually increase the obstacle height as the gymnast becomes familiar with the straight body position.
A handstand is a body position where the gymnast performs a sustained hold in an inverted vertical stance, balancing on their hands. The gymnast’s body is held straight with their arms and legs fully extended, feet together. Their hands should be spaced approximately shoulder-width apart.
In the front-swing a coach should hold the gymnast with one hand on their shoulder / neck area. With the other hand, the coach should spot the gymnast by gently pushing on their back in an upwards motion. This will encourage the gymnast to push their hips up in the front-swing. In the backswing, the coach should spot the gymnast and help ensure a safe and correct backswing up to handstand.
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