introducing el-grip handstand

In many MAG gyms I see Men’s coaches torturing young guys, trying to force their shoulders to be flexible for dorsal grip requirement on Horizontal Bar.

FIG certainly should have dropped the dorsal requirement long ago.

John Carroll at Surrey Gymnastics showed me a smarter, safer way to start.

el grip parallettes

He uses parallettes, having the guys rotate them as far as they can — but not all the way to el-grip handstand.

John is B.C. Men’s Technical Coordinator and judged Worlds 2013 for Canada.

1 comment so far ↓

#1 denn333 on 01.22.14 at 6:04 pm

Thanks for posting this. I never thought of this, and it’s a wonderful idea.

I must say that your opinion about abandoning the requirement for el-grip or dorsal grip does strike a chord with me.

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