Entries Tagged 'biomechanics' ↓

backward handspring analysis


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That’s the latest sneak preview from Gymneo’s English language tutorial library being launched this Fall.

It’s a paid service, but between September 5 and September 25, 2014, a subscription is half price for 1 year — that’s €109.50 instead of €219 (US$149.50 instead of US$299).


One comment I’d add. If you allow beginners to do standing backward handspring on a flat, hard Floor, you are almost guaranteed problems. Instead, have them train down an incline where gravity assists.

Gymnastics in Saudi Arabia

FIG posted the official write up of our week long MAG Academy Level 1:

For the second time, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) organised a joint Olympic Solidarity-FIG Academy in close collaboration with the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Olympic Solidarity Programme (OS). The Gymnastics Federation of Saudi Arabia hosted this event on June 4-11, 2014, in the capital city Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia became the 57th FIG member federation to host an Academy. …

Twenty-one coaches attended the Academy. Twenty were from Saudi Arabia and one from Yemen. …

Saudi Arabia MAG L1 participants 2014

The highest results were shared by Hashem Alhashem of Saudi Arabia and Ebrahim Alabdali of Yemen. The third best result was achieved by Maki Almobireek of Saudi Arabia. …

read more – Saudi Arabia joints list of FIG Academy host countries

The exam in Academy Level 1 is challenging, including detailed anatomy and biomechanics. Half the course is Theory, half Practical.

Gymnastics lecture

Saudi Tsuk

The National Training Center in Riyadh is an excellent facility. Men’s Artistic Gymnastics only, however.

I was pleased to be asked to assist course leader Chris Evans of Great Britain at this one. He’s done many Academies in many disciplines going all the way back to Academy #2.

Chris and Rick

In the Kingdom everyone stops 5 times a day for prayer. Conveniently in the Riyadh gym, coaches and gymnasts use the Floor Exercise mat.

Saudi prayer

a few more photos

Japanese robot vs Epke

How long before these Japanese robots can do release move series like Olympic Champion Epke Zonderland?

Click PLAY or watch Geinger and Gaylord 2 on YouTube.

It can do Kovacs and Triple back dismount, as well

(via gymnastikfabriken)

Amanar – Paseka v Maroney

The private GymFever2012 group is discussing this.

An incredible difference in air time.


Is it possible that the speed of the two .gifs is different?

Or is Maroney that much higher?

Janssen-Fritsen research

Check what’s happening in the Netherlands “lab” gym.

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“tangent of release”

You cannot change the path of the centre of gravity after release.

tangent release

G.S. George – Tangent-Release Principle

mechanics of Giant swing

Dr. Gerald George. Adapted from Championship Gymnastics.

click for larger version

click for larger version

Jim Stephenson Illustrator

Bross, Memmel – PBS Wilder

2005 World all-around champion Chellsie Memmel and six-time World medalist Rebecca Bross were featured in the Oct. 23 episode of NOVA on PBS.

The episode, titled “Making Stuff Wilder,” is in a four-part series about biologically inspired inventions and engineering. …


The ladies do not appear in the show’s promo video. :-(

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robot – Kovacs & triple back

That Japanese robot keeps improving. :-)

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(via Full Twist)

studying great distance runners



Or both.

weightless acrobatics

Astronaut Al Bean on Skylab 3. A trained springboard diver.

A great way to see how “tilt twist” works.

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(via Trampoline Pundit)

ESPN Sport Science: Gymnastics

I’ve linked — but not embedded before — this 2011 feature.

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Don’t bother commenting on the painfully obvious Y axis confusion. The more ESPN notices gymnastics, the better.

crazy Russian parkour

Vault at 2min – Hecht back tuck.

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When Hardy Fink added the Hecht back tuck into the FIG Men’s Code of Points, we thought it was impossible. Until Rhett Stinson at Taiso did one — easily — into the pit.

(via Gymnastics Zone)