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Everest Gymnastics Answers Questions About Performance Improvement

In Sports on June 28, 2019 at 1:24 pm

Everest GymnasticsImprovement is the ultimate goal of any gymnast. But, making progress on the bars, beam, vault or mat is not just a matter of want, it takes work. Keep reading as the coaches from Everest Gymnastics open up about the secret to improving gymnastics skills.

Q: What should an athlete do before practicing a gymnastics routine?

Everest Gymnastics: Warm up. A proper warm-up routine should begin with mild cardiovascular exercises. Next, stretching will help to ensure the muscles do not become overworked and that the joints are properly primed and ready to bend and flex.

Q: Is there a right way to do a handstand?

Everest Gymnastics: Yes, actually. Many beginning gymnasts find that they have more stability with an arched back. However, this form can take a toll on the spine. A proper handstand means your feet are directly over your head in as straight a line as possible. The stomach should be pulled in, and the toes pointed to the sky.

Q: How should a gymnast prepare for more advanced moves on the mat?

Everest Gymnastics: Even young gymnasts can do a cartwheel or handstand. However, movements such as a back walkover require a bit more concentration. We would suggest mastering all of the fundamentals before advancing. Learning how to do the splits – and practicing regularly — will also help as it improves flexibility.

Q: Do you suggest athletic tape?

Everest Gymnastics: Absolutely. Athletic tape is extremely flexible and can support the joints during gymnastics events, including the mat, bars, and balance beam. 

Q: How much time should an athlete practice when they are not at the gym?

Everest Gymnastics: We do not encourage practicing skills at home because there is so much room for error. Having a coach nearby ensures that the student gets immediate feedback and can correct their form as needed to help prevent injuries. We do, however, encourage regular exercise and stretching at least a few times each week, and especially when students miss a class. 

Q: What is the best way for a beginning gymnast to practice moves on the beam?

Everest Gymnastics: The beam can be a scary place for young students, and we recommend practicing on the mat to improve confidence. To do this, apply a 4-inch wide strip of tape to the mat and pay attention to where your feet land.

Q: Is there a secret to becoming the best?

Everest Gymnastics: Being “the best” takes countless hours of practice and uninterrupted dedication to gymnastics. It also requires a bit of natural talent and the right instructors to help hone an athlete’s skills. All students, however, can improve by simply recording their progress and making note of areas that need improvement.