**As I mentioned in my previous post, this post is only part of a long article I’ve been working on. This is my first installment, “Part 1″. I plan on having 3-4 “Parts” in totality. Each “Part” will have between 3-5 “Posts.” My goal of release content in chunks, like this, is to get content out more frequently, instead of having my (ever growing) folder of unfinished articles become even larger!**
As a tumbling instructor, one of the most common questions I am asked by new athletes and parents is “How long will it take to learn this skill?” Unfortunately, this question is very difficult to answer. There are many factors to consider when determining the length of time required for an athlete to master a particular skill, and these factors vary greatly from one athlete to the next. The goals of this series of articles is to help athletes and parents better understand the process of learning and mastering a skill, as well as to provide some tips on how to accelerate this process.
– The points I make in this post will apply for all tumbling skills; but for simplicity’s sake, I will be using one the most commonly learned tumbling skills by cheerleaders — the back handspring. –
The most essential components of learning any new tumbling skill are physical in nature. In order to safely perform a back handspring independently, an athlete’s body needs to be prepared to produce, utilize, and sustain the high the amounts of force involved with the skill. Strength, flexibility, coordination, and physical development are all physical aspects that affect the learning of new tumbling skills. Overlooking any of these factors could result in injuries such as sprains, fractures, concussions, or worse! Think of these physical aspects as the foundation of a building. Without a good foundation, a building could collapse. In the same way, not being physically prepared for a skill is setting yourself up for failure and/or injury when learning how to tumble.
It’s no secret that tumblers need to have strong muscles. In a back handspring, strong, fast, legs produce the explosive jump needed to propel a tumbler up and back into an inverted handstand position; strong shoulders allow the tumbler to forcefully push into the floor “springing” them from their hands back to their feet, and a strong core is essential to keeping the body moving together seamlessly throughout the skill. But strong muscles are not only used to generate the force needed to get over in a back handspring. When landing, muscles act to decelerate, or slow down, the force produced during the skill in order to protect bones, ligaments, and other vital organs from trauma. Adequate strength is essential to tumbling because it necessary to perform skills, as well as land them safely.
I hoped you enjoyed this post! Keep checking back for Part 1: Post 2: Flexibility!
I realize my posts have gotten more and more infrequent. It’s not so much that I don’t have any content written to post, but rather I have a file on my computer filled with half-written articles, and articles I don’t think are ready for prime time.
If you couldn’t tell, I’m a bit of a perfectionist.
So in an attempt to combat my growing file of unfinished work, I’m going to attempt to break up some of the longer, not fully finished articles into a series of smaller, more easy to swallow, posts. The first series will involve the elements involved when learning a new tumbling skill.
Let me know what you think!
I will now be offering lessons at the Core Athletix Syracuse location on Saturday afternoons. To book a lesson with Matt in Syracuse CLICK HERE. Be sure to chose the provider with the Syracuse Icon!
Core Athletix Syracuse is located at:
6261East Taft Road
North Syracuse, N.Y., 13212
Make it a great week!
I am finally home from Camp Woodward! My lesson availability has been updated to reflect my fall schedule. Book your lesson today by clicking the “Book Lesson Now” tab on the top of the page!
I will be posting a write-up of all my camp adventures and what I learned in the near future!
I’m headed off to Camp Woodward for the next 4 week. Weeks 9, 10, 11, and 12! See you all in a month!
First off, I hope everyone had a fun and festive 4th of July!
I just want to let everyone know that I am once again available for online lesson scheduling!
In addition, as a way of thanking you, my valued clients, for your patience while I was unavailable during my surgical recovery, as well as when I will be away coaching at Camp Woodward later this summer, I will be reducing my rates for a limited time!
The reduced rate will be:
$25 – Half-Hour Private Lesson :: Reduced from $30!
$45 – Full Hour Private Lesson :: Reduced from $55!
These reduced rates are for a limited time, and will expire when I leave for Camp on July 25th. So book your lesson NOW before it’s too late!
Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend! I will see you in the gym soon!
Coach Matt Faherty
Founder of Full-Out Cheer & Fitness