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improving bars for adult gymnastics

It's no doubt that improving bars for adult gymnasts can take a lot of work. However, bars are super fun and it's totally possible to improve as an adult gymnast on bars with consistency and dedication!

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Shaping Hollows These exercises are great for improving basic shapes for kips and giants.

Beginner Shapes for Bars

By getting better at these basic shapes, you will find that you learn new bars skills a ton faster! 

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Glide Kip Home Tutorial

These exercises can help you learn or improve a kip.

Mat Kip Drill

If you have trouble keeping your feet in front of the bar at the end of a kip, this drill's for you!

Developing Straddle Casts and Presses Building a straddle up cast from scratch? No problem. These drills will help you with that, as well as improve your straddle press.

Learn a Kip to Straddle Up Cast The first two drills will be paramount for you developing a strong and consistent kip to straddle cast handstand.

Straddle Up Cast Handstand Drill

This drill doesn't require a spot if you can do it over a pit. It's how I got my straddle cast handstand! The drill teaches you'll need to shift your weight on your hands in order to make the straddle cast.

Connect Kips to Straddle Cast Handstand in a Row Drill

This one is just like it sounds :)

Using Your Strap Bar

These clips from Tony Retrosi will show you some of the ways strap bar drills can lead to big skills.

Optionals Bars Conditioning side stations While you're waiting for your turn, these exercises are perfect to make sure that you get the most out of your time on bars.

Conditioning and Shaping for Optional Bars

These are great side stations or warm-ups for your bar workout.

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Improve Your Clear Hip with this Home Workout

I share my favorite exercises that can practiced at home or at the gym to get better at a Clear Hip, either to horizontal or to handstand.

Toe Handstands

Drills and Progressions for Toe on, toe off.

Straddle Back Drill

I love this setup for emphasizing getting hips up so that you'll know you'll have plenty of time to catch and swing out cleanly. Use this station to try pike backs which can help teach the swing for straddle backs without a spot. Adults often appreciate not having to worry about swinging over a low bar that is in the way if you're going to a whale mat off a set of bars, so a high bar like this works best if you have it. If the pike back goes well, you can try the drill as a straddle back, thinking of straddling at the last minute.

Double Flyaway Progressions

This tutorial assumes you have a layout flyaway already, as well as a loose foam pit.

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