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.
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.