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Old 07-11-2010, 09:50 AM   #1
William McAlpine
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What are some good books on tumbling progressions? I want to learn handsprings and flips.

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Old 07-13-2010, 03:57 AM   #2
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Can't really think of any good books offhand. Most don't really go into progressions or enough of what you need.

DVD's there are. Check out GymSmarts.com as they have many that are excellent, especially the Mas Watanabe material.

Start off with some articles over on Drills&Skills.com . Until you have a decent handstand, front handsprings are far away as are back handsprings. Until you have a decent cartwheel, don't worry about round-off. These two skills set you up for a lot of inverted awareness stuff besides front and back limbers.

Front and back flips are very different but often not taught until you can already do handsprings.

http://www.stadion.com/acrobatic_tumbling.html Is another video I have seen recently that shows a lot of promise from the trailer.
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:08 PM   #3
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Thanks Blair. I just went ahead and signed up for a tumbling class this fall. Right now I'm practicing bridges in order to acquire the necessary flexibility. I'm also working on these handstand progressions:

http://www.drillsandskills.com/article/16
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:55 PM   #4
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Check out the rolling, cartwheel, and parallette articles as well. Some other useful stuff in there for tumbling. There is a multitude of articles on USA Gymnastics archived magazine site. There is quite a bit on youtube but you have to sift through a lot.

If you check out GymnasticsCoaching.com, there is a lot of good linked youtube material.

I have heard about this gymnastics book, http://winninggymnastics.com/champio...gymnastics.php but I think it would be overkill for your use.

Exhaust all the available online content first. Honestly, it is far more important to do it and see it first hand than watch video or read about it from your POV.

If you are hesistant about rolling yet, because of surfaces; I think it would still do you some good to work on the deck squat to stand up. This is a critical skill for backward and forward rolls which are basic skills to master before learning somersaults in the air (flips) as they develop awareness as does the cartwheel and handstand.

Without a handstand a bridge, you can't really do any forward tumbling and without a decent cartwheel, you can do a decent round-off. Handstand and bridge also set the pace for handsprings, backward and front.

Besides BtGB, which is more about the conditioning elements of gymnastics.
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Old 07-17-2010, 02:43 PM   #5
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This is EXACTLY what you are looking for:

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Sear...manual&x=0&y=0
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Check out the rolling, cartwheel, and parallette articles as well. Some other useful stuff in there for tumbling. There is a multitude of articles on USA Gymnastics archived magazine site. There is quite a bit on youtube but you have to sift through a lot.

If you check out GymnasticsCoaching.com, there is a lot of good linked youtube material.

I have heard about this gymnastics book, http://winninggymnastics.com/champio...gymnastics.php but I think it would be overkill for your use.

Exhaust all the available online content first. Honestly, it is far more important to do it and see it first hand than watch video or read about it from your POV.

If you are hesistant about rolling yet, because of surfaces; I think it would still do you some good to work on the deck squat to stand up. This is a critical skill for backward and forward rolls which are basic skills to master before learning somersaults in the air (flips) as they develop awareness as does the cartwheel and handstand.

Without a handstand a bridge, you can't really do any forward tumbling and without a decent cartwheel, you can do a decent round-off. Handstand and bridge also set the pace for handsprings, backward and front.

Besides BtGB, which is more about the conditioning elements of gymnastics.
Thanks for your help Blair. I'll keep working on cartwheels, handstands, and bridging. I'm finding that I have some flexibility issues to deal with (lower back and hamstrings mostly).

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This is EXACTLY what you are looking for:

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Sear...manual&x=0&y=0
Thanks Harry. I'll order it now.
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