Gymnastics – Balance Beam Tips

Gymnastics is a difficult sport as it is. Competing on four different events against hundreds of other people in front of hundreds of people is not every person’s idea of fun. Gymnasts indulge in that challenge of showing off their skills. The greatest challenge of the four events for many gymnasts is the balance beam.

Female gymnasts compete on beam doing all kinds of flips, turns, leaps, and jumps but how exactly do they do it? Following a few of these tips will help you to master the beam.

TIP 1:

In order to do well on the balance beam, you want to make sure you can execute the skill on the ground first before you try it on the beam. Building your confidence on the ground first is a must before performing your skills on the beam.

TIP 2:

A gymnast must not be afraid to get hurt. I have fallen off the balance beam many of times doing leaps and turns. You have to build your confidence up and know that you are not going to be the best every time and that you are going to fall off. It happens.

TIP 3:

Use the mats until you are comfortable. You didn’t jump up in start walking in a day; you had to hold on first. Using the mats will help build your confidence. The more you start to land your tricks with the mats, the more comfortable and confident you get. After you start repeatedly nailing your skills, take the mats away.

TIP 4:

Ask for a spot. Your coaches are there to help you. They want to see you mask your skills. So do not hide away and be embarrassed. Believe me; you will be thankful you asked for help now instead of going to a competition unprepared.

TIP 5:

When performing a skill on the beam, take your time. Do not ever do a trick if you are not physically and mentally prepared for it. The beam is too tiny to rush on and could cause serious injury.

TIP 6:

Chalk is your friend. Beam makes a lot of people nervous which causes their hands and feet to sweat. Using chalk can help to prevent slipping off the beam no matter if you are just standing or if you are doing a skill.

 

TIP 7:

Always watch your surroundings. For example, do not do a cartwheel while someone is running underneath the beam. The beam is already scary enough.

TIP 8:

The beam requires a lot of core muscles. The whole time you are on the beam, you will want to keep perfect posture including a straight back, chin up, and on tip toes. Holding this posture will keep you on the beam a lot longer than just standing like you would on the ground.

TIP 9:

Practice makes perfect. Practicing your skills over and over will get you the results you want. You will master a skill as long as you stay cool, calm, and confident.

 

Wrestling Mats – How to Use Them Safely

Wrestling mats are often an important piece of any gym, Martial Arts academy or even home workout space. Due to the level of physical activity that will take place on these mats, it’s very important that you know what you’re looking for and how to get it. When shopping for a wrestling mat it’s very important that you try to find one that offers maximum impact protection. Remember, these mats are designed to protect you and cushion you from injuries. If you don’t choose one with adequate impact protection you could get seriously hurt or even killed.

You never want to purchase these items from anything but a reputable dealer. Another good idea is to always purchase your mats new and unused. Used mats have a tendency to wear and become less and less safe with each successive use. There are a lot of shady dealers out there. Many of them are looking to unload equipment that should’ve been put out to pasture long ago. Occasionally however, you will run into a defunct small wrestling promotion who is looking to unload virtually new equipment for dirt cheap prices.

While it isn’t recommended, you should at the very least thoroughly inspect all equipment. Be especially conscious of tears of wear to the interior padding. If any used equipment has either of these defects you are better off just walking away regardless of the price. If you are looking to start out your search with a reputable company you can try out Resilite Wrestling Mats. These mats are made of very high quality material and are thoroughly tested before leaving the factory. In fact they even work with independent labs that test their products to ensure safety. Remember, it’s the health of yourself, your athletes, your customers or your family on the line.

Once you purchase your mats it’s very important that you keep them well maintained, clean and sanitary. Invest in products such as KenPlus disinfectant. Remember that a lot of physical activity will be taking place on your mats and some of it will be violent. It’s not uncommon for bodily fluids, which can cause disease, such as blood, saliva and urine to end up on your mats. The KenPlus disinfectant is particularly effective as a sanitizer as it kills most bacteria and viruses including Herpes and HIV. The best piece of advice you can receive when purchasing any equipment is to put safety first. Make sure you inspect thoroughly and then properly maintain to ensure safety.

Gymnastics Equipment of kids Basics

If you are interested in gymnastics, you will want to have a good working knowledge of the gymnastics equipment that you will use. Since this is such a huge area of knowledge, it is good to learn the general categories and common equipment.

The most well known gymnastic equipment is what we see in the Olympic Games. It is easy to remember the amazing shows of coordination and strength that are exhibited by Olympic gymnasts. Remembering the names of the equipment they are done on is not always so easy.

One such piece of equipment is the balance beam. There are quite a few variations on this, but the beam itself is basically the same. It is only a few inches wide, and they come in 8′ or 10′ lengths. For beginners, a gym will generally have a beam that only sits a few inches above the floor. Horizontal and uneven bars are another recognizable piece of equipment for most people. While these are different pieces of equipment, the skills needed for them are similar.

Vaulting equipment is very important, but since it is not generally in the spotlight, it can be overlooked fairly easily. But there are many types of vaulting equipment. Springboards are the most common. Vaulting pieces are generally used in tandem with other pieces of gymnastics equipment.

Landing mats are another important piece of equipment that is often a side-note. Without the proper mats, gymnasts could be seriously injured during a routine. The mats have to be firm enough to allow the athlete to stick their landing, but soft enough to absorb the impact of their landing.

Rings and parallel bars are a couple types of gymnastics equipment that are commonly used. These are both in the Olympics, but are primarily used by men. Almost any type of gymnastics equipment is made for both adults and kids. The dimensions will be different, as will the safety precautions. There will be a lot more padding on children’s equipment.

If you are interesting in getting into gymnastics, there will be plenty of options for you locally. Looking up gyms in your area will show you what is available. If you are looking to buy equipment for your own gym, an internet search will show you plenty of options. There are many stores that have been in business for a long time and sell regulation equipment.