Gymnastics can be a lot of fun especially at the advanced level. Learn some tips on how to add a half turn to your tumbles in this free video clip on this Olympic sport.
Hi, my name is Jordan Dahl, we're talking about advanced floor gymnastics and the next skill I wanted to talk about is your first twisting skill, a half. Now there are two big thing you need to be careful about as you start learning your twisting skills. First, you need to make sure that your layout is nice and in control, that you're getting a good high step out of your layout before you move on to your twisting skills. A half, what it is, you go up into your layout set, you need to make sure you're getting up first. Then what you're going to do is just lean over your shoulder, twist with your shoulders, not with your head, not with your hips, the rest of your body will follow, but you pull first with your shoulders. As you start these twisting skills it might start to get a little confusing knowing which way you turn because it's not always the same, it's not always consistent with which side you tumble on. I'm a left tumbler, but I turn right, it's different for everyone. So a simple drill you could do to figure that out is to stack up some mats, doesn't need to be too high, but a couple of mats and stand in front of them. Just jump up and twist and find out which way feels more comfortable, which way you can be more in control. Alright, so let's take a look at this drill. We have some mats stacked up, you're just going to stand right in front of it, you're going to take a little jump up, you don't need to take a huge jump, but just enough so that you're up in the air. Once you jump up try spinning both ways, not at the same time, but spinning one way one time, getting up doing it again, spinning the other way finding out which side is easier for you to control, which side feels more comfortable to spin on. You need to be careful also to complete your turn all the way, if you land on your side or some other awkward position this could throw your neck out. It's something I've experienced a lot as our coaches had us do this drill. This is a drill that I really enjoy doing with my students as they become more advanced, but something I notice that tends to happen is they'll get frustrated because both sides feel the same. This is pretty normal, it's going to take a while for you, for your body to develop which side it prefers when you're spinning. So just keep up on the drill until you find which side is more comfortable, which side you have better control over. I would recommend when you're starting this drill just to start off with a half turn, jumping and landing on your stomach. Don't skip ahead to the full turns and the double turns until you have perfected the half turn. Once you've gotten comfortable with the spinning drills you can move on to adding that into your tumbling pas. You want to make sure that you're setting up all the way before you pull your spin. This is a really big problem I see with students, they'll go and right off the ground they'll try and spin and they'll twist and go sideways and land in some really weird, awkward position. So you need to make sure to make it look good and to keep yourself safe you need to finish your set before you spin.