Recreational Gymnastics Stage Progressions

Gymnastics Development…

Do you ever wonder how a child learns the perfect cartwheel or a pull over on the bars or even a flip on the trampoline?

Gymnastics is developed through many repetitions of lead up exercises, or basics, as well as strength conditioning and flexibility. It is very important to go through all the necessary steps when learning skills in gymnastics. Being strong enough to perform the skills is also a key factor. At Tampa Bay Turners we take pride in the correct development of all skills. We have an outstanding competitive team, winning State titles every year because the gymnasts have been trained through the developmental stages with high expectations of strength and basics.

 Here are some examples of the developmental stages for skills…

What does it take to learn a Handstand Forward Roll on the Floor?

–  Core strength and shoulder strength

–  Holding a handstand on the wall for 15-30 seconds

–  Kick to a vertical handstand hold

–  Perfecting the forward roll stand up down an incline mat

–  Perfecting the forward roll stand up on the floor

–  Handstand on the wall into the forward roll

–  Handstand on the floor into the forward roll stand up


All of these steps must be done numerous times before the final skill can be attempted, then performed and then perfected!

 

How do you learn a Pull Over on the Bars?

–  Core strength and arm strength

–  Support holds for 15 seconds on the Bar

–  Kick over the bar with legs off the box

–  Candlestick or inverted hang shift to support hold

–  Kick over the bar with legs off the floor

–  Chin up hold for 10 seconds

–  Chin up hold into inverted hang, shift to support hold

–  Chin up into pullover


All of these steps must be done numerous times before the final skill can be attempted, then performed and then perfected!

 

How can you become a good tumbler? A Round-Off from a box is a key skill for tumbling development…

–  Leg strength and power, Arm strength and Core strength

–  Good handstand basics and handstand hold

–  Cartwheel on the tumble track or over the box

–  Cartwheel with hands and feet on the line

–  Round-Off on the tumble track

–  Round-Off on the line

–  Round-Off starting on the box, feet landing on the floor

All of these steps must be done numerous times before the final skill can be attempted, then performed and then perfected!