Before I started gymnastics, I kind of knew what a roll was, cartwheels I vaguely remembered from my school days and I had no idea what a round off was. After attending the first gymnastics group I joined for a few months, I can’t say I knew much more about them and couldn’t really do them any better than what I started off with.
Five weeks into the new group, and I have learned more than what I did in many months at another. Lesson? Shop around – some places are better than others.
So what have I learned?
Besides working on my newly acquired fear of hurting my neck (after landing on it earlier in the year), I have learned to curl myself up more into a ball, to use my hands to hold myself off the ground as I spin and to ‘snap’. I can now do rolls, not only on the ground, but also onto a raised mat (transition into ‘saults).
I have learned what is involved in doing a technical cartwheel. Kicking my leg off the ground and watching different points as I turn over to encourage the flick over in the right direction – keeping legs straight.
And I now know what a round off is. Start facing forward – into a cartwheel (sideways) and end facing backwards (looking where you came from). It’s all about hand placement. I can’t do this one yet.
But I am loving Gymnastics and I am overcoming my fears, so that’s great!
- #1 Tip For Roundoff Backhandspring…And Other Tips… (itech104gymnasticsolympic.wordpress.com)