Great for developmental team up to beginning optionals and xcel gymnasts. The equipment in this package allows a gymnast to fine tune their skills (cartwheels on the beam, circles on the bar, etc.) at home safely. This versatile package includes a bar, beam, incline, Handstand Homework, sliders for conditioning and appropriate matting.
Great for any beginner, this FUN package includes all of the basics; bar, beam and matting
The Hurdle Helper is an innovative system of soft blocks and sticks that can be Velcroed together in multiple ways to teach progressions for a variety of skills. From Preschool, to Pre-team, the Hurdle Helper will be every teacher’s “go to” for FUN and creative tumbling, vault and beam stations.
From the Experts: Rotator Cuff/Wide Arm Push-ups By Dave Tilley
There recently was a discussion in a Facebook group about wide arm pushups and the benefits/drawbacks that they create. We thought the information that Dave Tilley (The Hybrid Perspective) shared was very valuable and needed to be shared. Below is the interaction between the coach and Dave’s information:
Coach: I had a parent who is affiliated with some military fitness organization who spent 30 minutes telling me how wide arm push-ups are not good especially for kids because they create rotator cuff injuries. Thoughts? I've never had a shoulder injury in my gym in the 20 years I've owned it but I would like to give attention to his request that we eliminate wide arm push-ups from our curriculum. Close arm are ok according to him.
Dave Tilley: Just my two cents but I personally stay away from wide arm push ups with elbows flared due to 1) wide flare causing high chance of sliding humeral head anterior on the glenoid stressing structures in the front of the shoulder. Many young gymnasts (especially female) already have naturally hypermobile shoulders and anterior shoulder laxity issues, certain exercises make me weary of the extra stress being put on this part of the shoulder. Also 2) not being able to use proper scapular movement and rhythm against the ribcage to assist and support the shoulder 3) the long lever arm making it extremely hard for gymnasts to maintain proper spine/core and neck position over multiple reps. I gravitate to closer grip and for me it comes down to making sure the quality of body shape and movement is always priority, and also making sure the level of push up is appropriate for their ability level so we don't build in movement compensation or dysfunction. Everyone will have different opinions on variations and their intended uses. Thats just mine and personally I don't use them. Maybe just my population of patients and gymnasts but I have seen them cause problems. Eric Cressey has a lot of great material on push up and shoulders for those who want more ideas, here's just one: http://www.ericcressey.com/strength-training-programs-scapular-movement-push-up