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Want to improve your gymnastics balance beam skills? Beam for adult gymnastics can be a mixed bag. On the one hand, it's super-satisfying to rock a beam set! On the other hand, beam can be frustating on those days that you just can't stay on. Fear also comes into play on beam for many gymnasts. With solid technique, you will improve your consistency AND your comfort level on beam. The more time you spend up on the balance beam (check emails up there! Have a coffee! j/k) the more comfortable you will feel.
Beam Footwork This complex is great for the beginning of a beam workout. It can also be done at home just on the floor for additional footwork and control development of the lower legs and feet.
Beam Dance Complex This is another great complex to work as a warm-up.
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Beam Turns Guide This guide breaks down all the components of a successful beam turn, and is performed by an adult gymnast and coach.
Dance and Artistry Page You'll find more dance drills and exercises over at our Artistry page.
Developing a Backwards Flight Series on Beam
By DeAvara Todd. These are a few steps I’ve used over the years to assist in helping the “scary” series connection. Of course there’s much more that goes along with connecting series but here are a few physical progression steps to assist.
Active flexibility refers to the ability to hit a certain position in the air, as opposed to simply while you are stretching on the ground.
Active Flex work for Leaps, Jumps and 180 split positions. Beam skills are sooooo much harder when you don't have a good 180 split. Reason being, when your legs cannot split all the way, it is easier to lose balance since your center of gravity isn't as low to the beam. It's also harder to send skills over the top when you don't have a 180 split. Finally, it's a deduction to lack the appropriate split in your routine for your level.
Beam Workouts for Competitive Gymnasts Once you have your routine, it's time to perfect it and make it consistent! This article will give you some great ideas when a meet is coming up.
I hope you found these beam training tips helpful! Beam is a very challenging but rewarding event!
We spend tons of time on floor exercise and TumblTrak at camp. We can also help fine-tune your floor choreography! Check out info. on our next camp.
Disclaimer: Adult gymnasts and coaches give advice and suggestions on this page. By reading and implementing the information, you assume all liability for injury. The advice given is for educational purposes only. Please check with your in-person coach and ensure that you have the proper pit, mats and/or spot available before trying any suggestions. If you don't agree to these terms, do not attempt anything that you see on this page.
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