Gymnastics: a sport for all
First steps of training in gymnastics: moving your joints systematically
Starting with the feet, you can, for example, flex and extend your toes or your ankles. We can bend and extend the foot, placing it perpendicular or aligned to the leg. We will then move on to the rotation of the foot, drawing circles with the tip of the toes.
We pass to the hands and wrists and in the same way, making rotations with our wrist articulation by flexing and extending the fingers. To activate the knees, it will be sufficient to flex and extend alternative our legs, with wide movements that do not cause discomfort or pain.
Artistic gymnastics, getting warmed up to prevent injuries
- For the moderate increase in temperature, which favors the speed of biochemical reactions, with favorable effects on performance.
- For the check up on your skeletal muscles, which defines your level of training and the state of your body before starting, finding any problems where visible.
In gymnastics training, the term warm-up refers to the methods used to prepare the body for the best possible activity session. General warming up carried out at the beginning of training or competition, and specific warming up used to approach high-intensity exercises or particular technical elements.
Stretching in gymnastics
- Aerobic training
- Strength training
Among the basic activities of wellness and physical well-being programs, stretching, or flexibility training, is essential for the safety and joint mobility of the gymnast himself.
The 4 types of Stretching
- Passive Static
- Static active
- Dynamic passive
- Dynamic active
According to the Italian Gymnastics Federation, passive static stretching is probably the one that represents the best compromise between effectiveness and safety, and it is certainly the one on which, at least initially, it is convenient to base a flexibility training program.
Breathing in stretching
The heroine of the magnificent seven of artistic gymnastics in the USA in Atlanta '96
The judges are only a few meters away, they are also disoriented. In the footage of the time you can guess, they know, they feel that they have just seen something that enters the history of sport.
In Spain, the US artistic gymnastics team won a bronze medal; but that was just the beginning, the warm-up. There were another four years of sweat, gyms around America, changed coaches, doubts and teenager’s insecurities.
In that competition, Kerri had to recover the mistakes of one of her teammates, Dominique Moceanu. She must also recover from her mistakes, because, in the first jump, she flew and twirled for seconds that never ended, landing badly, falling backward.
It did not matter, she began to run, she jumped.
The judges were just a few meters away and too disoriented. In the film of the time you can guess, they know, they feel that what they had just seen was something about to enter the history of sport.