Legs are one of the most important gymnast body parts. It is specifically important for tumbling, jumping and many other moves. When legs don’t have enough strength, it is impossible to get well-rounded balances. The same thing happens when gymnasts are unable to straighten their legs. A great leg form is essential to win a great score.
Are you a coach who always yells at gymnasts who can’t get their legs all the way straight? Are you a gymnast who has that frustrating legs and is incapable of making them straight? We’re here to help you make improvements.
Working on Leg Straightening Exercises
Step 1: Start with taps. You can work on this at the bars, beams or racks. While you have your one hand holding the bar, tap your one feet to the floor for about five to ten times. Do the same on the side and to the back. Do the same on the other leg.
Step 2: Do the mix. Jam on the front and back with one leg. Font and back for about five times. Make a quick turn. Then, do the same on the other side.
Step 3: Now, put your feet on the bar. Start with your right toe while having your arms sideward. Always encourage good posture. Lift up and down the toe very quick and aggressive.
Step 4: Turn to the side and lift, and lift. Turn front. Lift up and down. Do the same on the other side. Step 5: This time, you have to stay away from the bar and stretch out to the floor. Sit with your body straight, put the legs forward. Make sure to place the legs on something higher such as a layer of mats.
Step 6: Do the straight leg taps on the floor. Start with the right foot. Hit the mat hard with the heels. You can do five to fifty lifts on each leg. Switch legs and then both legs.
Step 7: Work on the side with one bend knee. Lift up the heel on the mat and down. Turn and do the same on the other side. Sit up nice and straight. Make sure the shoulders are square. This is excellent, especially for the straddle jumps. Step 8: Finally, lay down your stomach and work on the back. This is great for front layout twists and tumbling. Tap the left foot and the right. Then both.
It takes only a couple of stretching exercises to develop straight legs. Perform them correctly, focus on good form during skills and see the change!