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MAG FX – MAKITA animation

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6 Reasons Why Guys Don’t Have Floor Exercise Music

by American Gymnast


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Actually, Canadian men are allowed to use Floor music. But I only recall seeing two over the past decades. Both won the National Championships on FX in their divisions.

The Boulder®

Some elite coaches trash talk backward handspring training devices.

And it’s true you can teach a great backward handspring without one.

Personally, I love them all. They have hundreds of uses in the gym. And are ideal for older and non-competing gymnasts.

The best of them all is The Boulder®.

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They start at $344. Cheap. :-)

evaluating dorsiflexion

Dr. Dave Tilley posted a quick and easy method to evaluate dorsiflexion, a range of motion gymnasts need. He uses Bri Guy’s take off position as an example.


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In my personal experience I’ve found that gymnasts with greater dorsiflexion range are less injured, especially on landings. It’s not all that trainable, however.

details – How To Quickly Screen A Gymnast’s Ankle Mobility

Sergio – piked Dragaslescu

Come Rio Sergio Sasaki could be an AA podium threat. He’ll be getting a lot of press.

Work hard! ???????????????? #rio2016

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That was linked by Arabian Punch Front – This Week in Training

Nico linked to his Blume Memorial Floor where he mounts with the same acrobatic element, first competed by Korolev (on a rock hard FX) if memory serves.

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Kenzo – whip triple double


A video posted by @kenzoshirai on

(via GymCastic)

Kenzo – Swiss Cup FX

Triple double. Easy.

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Sam Mikulak in Rio?

When pressed to predict who would finish 2nd to Kohei in Nanning I named Sam Mikulak.

Why Sam?

I felt his NCAA success would give him consistency under pressure. And that his relaxed psychology would help in that loud arena in Nanning. If Sam hit 6 for 6, he would score high.

My confidence in Sam’s consistency is not holding up, however. In the training hall we heard Sam was having problems, especially on P Bars.

He fell on P Bars in the AA Final and shouldn’t have been allowed to continue as he took longer than 30sec to resume his routine.

(Later Zhang was allowed to resume his H Bar routine after breaking a grip, even though it took longer than 30sec to get a new one. A new rule on that has been discussed by FIG MTC, but it had now been implemented by Nanning.)

Sam’s still a podium contender for Rio. But don’t bet the mortgage.

And he’s trying to upgrade.

the men of Nanning

The new The Liukin blog is must reading for coaches of Men’s Gymnastics.

Kohei Uchimura (JPN)
Max Whitlock (GBR)
Yusuke Tanaka (JPN)
Diego Hypólito (BRA)
Deng Shudi (CHN)
Oleg Verniaiev (UKR)

The Men of Nanning and Their Lasting Impressions: Part I

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tumbling doodle

(via Craig Smith)

Arabian full-out to Rudi

Many of the Worlds competitors are on some sort of break. Not Uchimura. He flew home after the banquet and competed all-around.

Not Diego Hypolito.

This guy is mad motivated. What would he need for a medal in Rio?

Something like this new combo.


Hypolito 2 de volta!!!!! Uhuuuuu treino em São Bernardo de volta também rs!!!!!!! Tem copa do mundo na Colômbia!!!!! Então borá treinar uhuuuuuuuu muito feliz

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via Nico on GymFever2012

Jake Dalton – Artistic Gymnast

One of the big complaints in 2014 is the lack of artistry in Artistic Gymnastics. Beautiful and compelling routines are not often winning.

Personally, I’ve given up on evaluating and rewarding “artistry“. I’d be happy simply to deduct execution errors (legs crossed on twisting, poor body position, etc.) as specified in the Codes.

Here’s one of the best executed routines in Nanning. Geo-blocked in many nations. Sorry about that. Leave a comment if you know of a video of this routine not posted by USAG.

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15.900 = 6.7 + 9.200

That was the highest E-score on Floor. (Uchimura was 2nd highest.) But the gap between Jake and the rest is too small.

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Abliazin vs Shirai

Which one is the World Champion?

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At the time I thought Kenzo had it.

Here’s how the judges called it.

1. ABLIAZIN Denis 7.100 + 8.650 = 15.750
2. SHIRAI Kenzo 7.400 + 8.433 – 0.1OB = 15.733

HYPOLITO was 3rd with 15.700

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