Mancino Yurchenko hand mat

… a customized Yurchenko entry mat designed for proper hand placement during the round-off entry.

… This 10″ wide hand pad helps guide athletes in the proper hand placements …

narrow Yurchenko mat


John Geddert and Todd Gardiner both like narrow hand mats for developing gymnasts. (The overturn you see Olympians use is an advanced technique for older, stronger, faster athletes.)

via Gymnastics Coaches Skills & Drills on Facebook

GuangZhou Green Inflatable Co.

Air Floors are BIG in 2015.

The Sales Manager for GuangZhou Green Inflatable Co. Ltd in China sent me links to their products –

AIR TRACK ITALIA®, for example, is using them.

Click PLAY or watch gymnasts (of various ability) on YouTube.

EYOF Apparatus Finals

European Youth Olympic Festival

Daria Skrypnik became the standout individual gymnast today at the European Youth Olympics, taking a medal in every event – gold in team, all around and bars, bronze on beam and silver on vault and floor. …

RRG – Daria Skrypnik leads Europe’s Youth in Tbilisi

M Boyer FRA 14.275
D Skrypnik RUS 14.100
E Eremina RUS 14.000

D Skrypnik RUS 14.850
N Derwael BEL 14.800
A Iliankova RUS 14.700

A Klinckaert BEL 13.950
M Methuen GBR 13.650
D Skrypnik RUS 12.750

A Klinckaert BEL 14.100
D Skrypnik RUS 13.900
N Derwael BEL 13.750

Full Twist links to results

related – Russian Women Take EYOF Title in Tbilisi


Men’s EYOF Apparatus Finals

G Regini Moran GBR 14.700
H Carter GBR 14.100
K Boncser HUN 14.050

A Sychugov RUS 14.700
J Fraser GBR 14.200
L Galli ITA 14.000

M Sinichkin RUS 14.150
N Klessinj GER 14.100
J Fraser GBR 14.050

Y Sharmakou BLR 14.400
G Regini Moran GBR 14.400
D Govorov GEO 14.500

Parallel Bars
J Fraser GBR 14.600
E Yermakov UKR 14.450
K Carvalho FRA 14.200

H Bar
M Kratter SUI 14.050
G Regini Moran 13.850
L Galli ITA 13.800

Full Twist links to results

backward handspring balking

This is very dangerous.


I’ve found balking to affect far more WAG than MAG. That it’s almost always on a backwards skill. And that it tends to be more common around the competitive season. Stress may be one factor.

Gymnastics Mental Coach offers some good advice – How To Remedy Balking In Your Gymnastics Routines…

I love tumbling up on to a table of mats. Good technique. Safer. And it provides no incentive to balk.

balking on tumbling

More advice here – how to deal with balking

Santa Monica flying rings 1970s

Video courtesy of Jeff Reid. Acrobatics/Gymnastics has been part of Muscle Beach since 1934. Glenn Sundby started coming here in the early 1930, and in 1963 he promoted Gymfest at the original Muscle Beach …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

I made it there myself once in the late 1970s. Swinging Rings landing in sand was definitely the most impressive highlight. :-)

via Steve Arkell


The kid makes this look so easy. :-)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via @theallaround)