Developmental Twisting Part 5
As the gymnasts progress and can “flip” they always add jump 1/4 turns out of flip. Initially I have them do these in both directions. As soon as they know if they are a “lefty” or a “righty” we stick with their dominant side.
You can see in the video that we do PIKE shaped flips. The reason I have them do pikes is that it keeps them from twisting early.
We have all had gymnasts who have gotten the twisties. I always make sure we are doing Pikes at some point so that they understand that the flip happens first. When gymnasts get comfortable with twisting it begins getting earlier and earlier. Make sure you are not skipping any steps and go back to PIKE- kick open flips often.
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