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New Gymnastics Video: Drill for Cast Handstand and Clear Hip Handstand on Uneven Bars

New Gymnastics Video on the Gymnastics Stuff Website…
It is a drill for Cast Handstand and Clear Hip Handstand on uneven bars.

There is a new video on the Gymnastics Stuff website that shows a gymnast demonstrating a drill to help with the cast handstand and clear hip handstand on uneven bars. This is one of many drills in the book, Handstand Drills and Conditioning Exercises. To see this video visit
www.HandstandBook.com

Karen Goeller has posted a new gymnastics video on her Gymnastics Stuff website that shows a gymnast demonstrating a drill to help with the cast handstand and clear hip handstand on uneven bars. This is a drill that she has required her gymnasts to perform for many years. This is one of many drills in her Handstand Drills and Conditioning Book. To see this video visit www.HandstandBook.com.

The video shows one of Karen Goeller’s athletes demonstrating the Planche-Handstand-Planche Drill. It will help the gymnast become more aware of body tightness, shoulder motion during uneven bars skills, and it will help improve her upper body strength. This exercise is specific to the shoulder motion during the final phase of the cast handstand and clear hip handstand. It will also help with the back extension on floor and awareness for the basic handstand on floor and balance beam.

Many gymnasts do not train the final phase, the opening of the shoulder angle, of the cast handstand and clear hip handstand. If that is the case, the gymnasts are not training the full range of motion for these skills and they often become frustrated because it takes a very long time to perform these skills with ease. Many gymnasts believe that if they just continue to attempt either skill, often only reaching horizontal, they will progress to the handstand position. The reality is that they are only practicing half of the range of motion necessary, therefore they are not conditioning the muscles properly for the skills.

The muscles must be trained to perform the movements desired. The drill in this video will help train the final stage of the skills previously mentioned. It is imperative that the gymnast train the entire upper body range of motion in order to successfully perform the cast handstand and clear hip handstand. This will allow faster progression with the gymnast’s success on these skills.

The gymnast in the video performing the drill is a level 5 gymnast. By the time she must perform the cast handstand on her own she will already have developed an awareness of shoulder position and much of the strength necessary for the cast handstand and clear hip handstand. There are many drills and conditioning exercises for the cast handstand and the clear hip handstand, but the drill demonstrated in this video should be at the top of the list because it is very effective. Other exercises for these skills are available in the Cast Handstand Training Programs. They can be purchased through the Animated E-Books page on the website, www.GymnasticsStuff.com.

If your gymnast requires more help with these skills, Karen Goeller offers gymnastics clinics for teams and personal training for gymnasts in NJ. For information on these services call 888-496-8749.

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