layout Bretschneider?

Watch through to the end to see it connected.

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via @theliukin

gymnastics bar grips – finger wedgies

What are they?

This photo was posted by bogwoppit on the Chalk Bucket forum.

bogwoppit explains:

They make the finger holes of your grips smaller. I managed to get some from the UK, where they call them wedgies!

Order from in Europe.

1039Ginnasta USA sells something similar. Cheap. $3 per package of 8.

Without them, kids simply stuff foam into the finger holes to fill the gap. Messy and inconsistent.

Leave a comment if you know of anyone else selling something like this.

Tumbl Trak Quick Flex Bar

I love the Quick Flex Bar-in-a-Bag. ($299) AKA the Al Fong Bar.

For introducing Tkachev it’s far safer than a hard rail.

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The Tumbl Trak can be flat or sloped.

We are currently using it for Hop 1/1 on Bar, as well. The last step following this stage.

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That’s Kennedy Sterenberg from Manjak’s. (Who’s interested in competing NCAA, by the way.)

Tony Retrosi is using the Quick Flex Bar for Shaposhnikova drills.

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If you have a Tumbl Trak in your gym, consider getting this add-on. It will be used non-stop by gymnasts of all level.

Elite Canada 2015 Bars Champ Sabrina Gill.

Sabrina Gill Tumbl Trak

related – Tom Forster and Todd Gardner explain how they use the “Al Fong” bar.

new Men’s skills announced

FIG MTC NEWSLETTER #28 was posted.

BRETSCHNEIDER gets the H value double twisting Kovacs. Congratulations.

You might ask why. He didn’t compete it at Worlds 2014.

Here’s why.

MAG Naming of New Elements:

Any new element performed at an FIG registered competition with an official FIG TD or FIG MTC member participating in an official role (local TD, continental TD, Superior Jury, Apparatus Supervisor, or Jury of Appeals) is eligible for new element recognition in the Code of Points. A video of the completed element must be given to the TC member in attendance for later review and evaluation at the following MTC meeting.

Ferhat’s amazing new dismount from P Bars (G value) was not given name credit because of his bent knees. I dunno. It looks pretty good from this angle. (VIDEO)

They aren’t as straight as the new vault – RI Se Gwang 2. Double front pike with half twist.

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Horizontal Bar

• Yamawaki ½ will need to have all turning continue in the same direction for the increase in letter value. If the element turns in two different directions, the element will not be recognized by the D jury.

We’re praying that Yamawaki will be devalued next Code. And that releases catching in mixed grip will be the same skill. One crappy Yamawaki is bad enough. Two is twice as ugly.

Next newsletter will finally address these issues:

• Exceeding the allowable time for a fall (Sam Mikulak on P Bars)

• Broken handguard (grip) rule (Zhang Chenglong)


FIG MTC broke their own rules at Worlds 2014 with those two athletes. It’s about time they answer for that.

Nile Wilson – training

Great horizontal bar worker.

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The new skills keep coming😁💪#ComeBack

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Kenzo – Jaeger full

Kenzo Shirai trains the all-around. He does. :-)

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In the Code that’s called “Winkler – Pogorelev“, a 1/1 from el-grip.

Daniel Winkler actually competed it earlier in the 1981 World Championships than Alexander Pogorelov, so it tends to be called the Winkler.

via Nico on GymFever2012

safer Gymnastics anchors

The International Gymnastics Federation approves Bars and Rings with a single point of failure design.

FIG Bars collapse too often. :-(

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If you MUST rely on a single point of failure system, what are the best designs?

Worst is a single drop anchor. Especially those installed by amateurs. (like me)


Those can shear. Or pull out.

This is better. PULL is in line with the chain


This is better again. Two anchors are safer than one.


These systems are safer again:


Of course any failure to any of the 4 anchors, chains or attachments causes collapse. You need double the anchors to prevent collapse absolutely.

FIG could change specifications to require manufactures do so. And they should.

Leave a comment if you have an opinion on this topic.

Jessica O’Beirne on GymCastic was ranting :-) on this topic the other day. Prompting me to repost.