Balance is a foundation skill that makes up gymnastics. Without it, it is impossible for a gymnast to do tumbling, swinging, and landing. No one can even create a twist or simply stand and jump without having a sense of balance around. Sometimes, it is easy to learn balance but to stay on it is something you need to strive hard. Is it possible to remain in control of your body? Let’s see.
Different Balances to Draw on
Being able to stand in mostly upright position for a number of ways is what best defines standing balances.
Drills: Create a straight line typically from the head to your supporting foot. You can also do this by creating a curve or straight line through your unsupported or lifted foot. Examples: • Arabesque • Scales and levers • Coupe • Front attitude • Battement
Knee balance is the ability to balance whether on one knee or both.
Drills: Kneel with both knees together while supporting the weight. Lift the chest, held the hands down by sides and create a straight line from your knees to your head. Examples: • Knee lunge • Knee scale • Knee stand • Half split
The split is one of the non-standing balances in which the weight is supported on the floor.
Drills: Begin with kneeling lunge and place the hands on the side of the hips. Position the hips firmly flat on the floor and slowly slide the leg forward. Support your weight with your hands. Examples: • Stride • Straddle
Having a tight body and align it the proper way can help discover balance. Regular practice and a great deal of stretching over time is the only key to stay that way. It’s all about lifting the golden piece within - attitude!