Coach Howard helps a frustrated gymnast learn a full layout twist with several tips and a series of training progressions for her to use.
Twisting is easy if you do it right and virtually impossible if you do it wrong. We covered this once but we continue to get questions and see these errors at every meet we go to. #1 – Throwing Your Head Back Throwing the head back is the single most common problem on all back […]
Subject: Spotting the Twisting Direction Dear Coach, The question is what side do you spot a full, that twists to the right and a full that twists to the left? (Now when we say twists to the right, we mean the right shoulder leads us backwards and the left shoulder follows. Additionally when we say […]
Insufficient Lift It is a common error to twist right off the ground, which means the salto has insufficient lift and airtime to complete either the layout somersault and/or the twist. Twisting Wrong Direction If a gymnast can’t learn a full after a long time of working on it, it is possible they are twisting […]
Subject: Lost Back Tuck Dear Coach, We moved our 11 year old daughter to a new gym in January and she has really blossomed. She is now working on 7 & 8 skills and even landed a Yurchenko vault. She has a lot of potential according to the coaches and works very hard. However, since […]
Subject: Full Twists My daughter is 11 and can do her running full twist by herself as long as her tumbling coach is standing there to make sure she doesn’t fall. She does a great job and it looks beautiful. But when she goes to her cheerleading gym she’s afraid to do it without him […]