Georgia vs. Alabama Gymnastics

Gymnastics uneven bars skills


High Bar height Around 228 cm
Low Bar height Around 148 cm
Distance between bars Around 150 cm

Grips and Giant Swings
There are five types of swings, all of which have their own unique grip (the way that the gymnast holds the bar). A giant swing occurs when the gymnast swings all the way around the bar with straight body. The Five types are:

Backward Giant - Normal Grip: This is the most common swing, where the gymnast travels face-first around the bar. The bar is held with hands facing forward. All elite level gymnasts compete these.

Forward, or Front Giant - Reverse Grip: The gymnast swings around the bar back-first with arms rotated inwards and hands facing upwards.

Inverted Giants- L-Grip (aka Dorsel Grip, Eagle Grip): Swing around the bar back first with arms rotated outwards and hands facing upwards (try holding your arms above your head and rotating them like this it's - not easy!). These are best performed by the Chinese team but also by many others with varying styles including Elena Produnova (RUS), and Viktoria Karpenko (UKR).

German Giants - Swing around the bar with hands and arms rotated behind the back in an inlocation. Elvire Teza (FRA), Anna Mirodskaya, and Lu Li are some of the only women to compete these.

Mixed Grip - One hand in L-grip, the other hand in normal grip. This grip is swung out of Healy turns also.

Other Basics

Back Hip Circle - The gymnast rolls backwards around the bar on her hips.

Cast - This allows the gymnast to get from front support to handstand position. From front support, the gymnast pushes off the bar with her hips and lifts her body to straighten the shoulders and finish in handstand.

Cast Handstand - Tips: Be sure the gymnast leans well over the bar. Most gymnasts have a tendency to cast back and not up. Work a lot of casts. With spots, without spots. Work casts with good form. Be sure to also work cast handstand and lower back to the bar, because the negative motion will strengthen the cast. Swing handstand on P-bars with good technique will help improve cast handstands. (For both male and female gymnasts). Wrap a therapy band or surgical tubing around the base of very sturdy equipment, such as beam, vault, or bar base. Lie on back and grasp the band or surgical tubing. The feet should be closer to the base than the head. Bend knees. Holding the band very tight, while keeping the arms straight and close to body, pull band from the thighs toward the ceiling and then up toward the head. Return the band slowly using the same direction, toward the ceiling then down toward the base/thighs. This should simulate the upper body while performing a cast to handstand.

Free Hip - From a front support, the gymnast moves backwards around the bar with her hips close but not touching it.

Glide - On the low bar, the gymnast swings forwards with her legs straight and roughly parallel to the floor, then swings backwards

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