Learn gymnastics warm ups such as ankle stretches in this free instructional video on gymnastics warm-ups.
Hi! I’m Heather McCanna and this clip is about gymnastics warm-ups, specifically stretching your ankles and Achilles. After you’ve concluded your standing stretches, you should try and squat down to the ground, walking your feet out to a pushup position. At this point, you should begin pushing your heels over you toes, trying to push the upper body past your hands. Now you don’t want to get into a mountain position because this will not be stretching the proper area. You want to feel a tightness in your calf and your lower Achilles as you push your heels towards the ground. You can also do this alternating pointing one foot while flexing the other and switching back and forth, doing the stretch for about 30 seconds. After you’ve done this, you should kneel on the ground and try and put your feet underneath you while you leave your knees directly in front. At this point, you will lean back trying to keep your weight as far on your feet as possible. This stretch will allow you to stretch this upper part of your foot, which will help your ankles to achieve a greater range of motion when you’re performing your other skills and stretches. Finally, you should sit down with your feet extended in front of you and cross one foot over with your ankle resting on your other leg. While holding your leg with the same arm, you should gently rotate your foot, allowing your ankle to spin in a circular pattern. Continue this for about 10-15 seconds, switch and do the same motion on your other foot. This will allow for your ankles as well as your Achilles to be stretched and warmed up for your other exercises.
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