Gymnastics Canada WAG Aspire program

I really like the Gymnastics Canada WAG Aspire program for talented young gymnasts.

The Aspire Camps are great too.

You can check out the 2017-2018 ASPIRE PROGRAM MANUAL online for free, if you like.

There is one error on page 15.

Of course the path of the Centre of Gravity starts tangent to the point of release. If you let go of the Bar when the C of G reaches horizontal you’d best be doing a Geinger.

If you release with hips above horizontal as required by that Aspire graphic there’s a very good chance you’ll land on the Bar.

The video linked from page 15 is correct, however.

The Centre of Mass must be below the Bar on release. Ideally with the hips below, the feet above as in this drawing.

The gymnast could apply a force to the Bar on release to either pitch-out or pull-in the Centre of Mass. Pulling-in can result in hitting the Bar.

related – G.S. George – Tangent-Release Principle 


Usain Bolt’s sprint technique

It’s usually a mistake to copy the technique of the best athlete that ever lived. What worked for Usain Bolt might not work for you. He became one of the best in the world with much less training than his competitors.

That said, this is an interesting video looking at technique and efficiency.

Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.

biomechanics – tangent of release

G.S. George:

Every release from any external-swing movement always results in
the center of mass being projected at a right angle to its radius.

If you release when the Centre of Gravity is as high as the Bar you go straight up, straight down. (e.g. Gienger)

Read more.

hollow cast handstand

There’s an interesting thread on Facebook on this topic.

Most would consider cast handstand in a hollow / stretched position throughout as ideal. Nick Blanton mentioned this illustration from Championship Gymnastics.

It’s possible to do that technique. In fact it’s fairly easy on Parallel Bars as a swing handstand.

But I’m personally a very happy coach if the gymnast can lead with the heels (arch) to horizontal, then change the body position to hollow / stretched.

The ultimate would be perfectly straight through hips / trunk once leaving the rail. That’s difficult. The gymnast would likely be strong enough to do planche press without swing.