Gymnastics moves list
Are you thinking the only time you can practice is when you’re in the gym?
That is definitely not the case!
Here are some creative ways to practice gymnastics skills. Some of these can be done all year-round. Others are outside, so you need the warmth of summer.
Anyways, enough talk! Here’s the list:
1. Have Handstand Contests
When you’re hanging out with your gymnast friends, you can have handstand contests. You can have them outside on the grass or inside against a wall.
If you’re doing them against the wall, make sure you are doing them with your stomach flat against the wall. To do this: Stand with your back to the wall and put your hands on the ground. Put your feet on the wall one at a time. Walk your feet up the wall as you move your hands closer to the wall. Do this until your stomach is pressing the wall and you are completely vertical (I call this Spiderman-Against-The-Wall).
Whichever way you decide to hold your handstand contest, see who can hold their handstand the longest. Most likely, the one that can hold it the longest will be the gymnast that has a tight body, squeezes her core, and focuses on pulling her feet towards the ceiling.
2. Practice on the Playground Bars
Do you have a playground with bars anywhere near you? Does it have a high bar or low bar?
If it has a high bar, you can practice your tap swings.
If there is a low bar, you can practice casting. The bar must be low enough that you have no problem getting to a front support on it. DO NOT practice casting on a high bar; it won’t be safe.
While you are practicing tap swings and casting, make sure you have a tight body position. Concentrate on tightening your core and squeezing your legs together.
3. Jump Rope
Jumping rope is a great way to improve your endurance. Endurance is key when you are competing. It’s what ensures you can perform your routine with high energy the whole way through.
Start by jumping rope for a minute at a time. Try to work your way up to 5 minutes without stopping.
If you or one of your friends has a trampoline you can practice some of your gymnastics skills. Only practice the skills you absolutely know how to do! And make sure you have adult supervision. You can practice all of your jumps, making sure to focus on your form.
5. Practice off a Diving Board
If you are a member of a pool with a diving board, you can practice your gymnastics there. Once again, make sure you only practice skills you absolutely know how to do. And be sure to have adult supervision. Also, only practice off a diving board if you are a good swimmer.
You can practice all of your jumps off a diving board. This is great because it is just like dismounting off the balance beam. You can practice doing front or back flips if you do them at the gym, and are a good swimmer.
Being able to run fast as you approach the board is one of the most important factors in having a good vault. And working on your run is one of the easiest ways to practice away from the gym. A vault runway is 82 feet long or less. Most gymnasts don’t use the whole runway. So, you can practice sprints shorter than that.
This exercise would be easy to test your improvement. At the beginning of the summer time your 40 foot sprint. Then time it at the end of the summer. See if you have gotten faster and improved your time. You definitely don’t need a track for this–your backyard will work just fine!
7. Do Turns in your Socks in the Kitchen
One creative way to practice your gymnastics this summer, is to practice your turns in the kitchen while wearing socks. The socks will give you less friction against the floor. Make sure you focus on controlling your turns, and sticking the finish. If there are lines on the floor in your kitchen, you can pretend that one of them is a beam!
8. Practice your Splits On the Stairs
Practicing your splits is important to help improve your flexibility. One easy way to make sure you practice your splits this summer would be to get into a split every time you are watching TV and a commercial comes on. When the commercial switches, switch to a different split. By the end of the summer, I’m sure you will have your splits all the way to the floor.