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    WAG Trampoline Basics

    I am taking Trampoline classes to aid with gymnastics. I am looking for specific technique advice and body form tips. 1) As I jump on the trampoline, should I keep a Hollow Body position? Should I tuck in the abs, and tuck in the back glutes (similar to handstand) ? 2) How do I stay center on...
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    WAG Different Names of Starting Hurdles

    What are the different kind of hurdles for a floor routine start (for cartwheel, roundoff)? I heard there is a Step Hurdle, Power hurdle. Does anyone have a list and their descriptions?
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    WAG Start position of Cartwheel name

    What is the start position of a cartwheel called? This looks different from a Lunge, because I heard Lunge is the ending position.
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    WAG Front tuck: bend at waist?

    When doing a front tuck flip, am I supposed to think about bending at the waist forward, to get into that tucked position (so my hands can closely grasp the legs)? Is there an ab crunch situp motion? I have one gymnast teacher telling me there is, other one saying I should not actively think...
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    WAG Round Off: Handstand?

    One of my friends helping me with round off says, its like 3 steps, 1) first going into a cartwheel phase 2) in the middle, you go into the "Handstand" 3) finally, snap your feet down into a hollow Is the middle step correct? Do you enter a true handstand in the round off?
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    WAG Front Tuck Flip, how to envision hips and glutes

    I am working on the front tuck flip at gymnastics training center. How should I envision what I do with my glutes during the flip? Should I "think about lifting my glutes over my head" or lifting it over the shoulder? How do you train your students?
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    WAG Similarities between Front Dive Roll and Front Flip Tuck, how is it a progression?

    They always say a Front Dive Roll is a Progression into a Front Flip Tuck. I don't get it. What are the similarities? What parts are alike? I can do a Front Dive Roll, but not a Front Tuck flip yet.
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    WAG Round Off - Landing into Hollow Body position

    What starts the Hollow body position during landing in the Round Off? My coach told me to "snap your toes down"? Is that true? (a) Do I snap my toes down, and let the legs initiate the hollow position? (b) or does it come from back muscles? (c) Last she said sometimes, it easier to get into a...
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    WAG Equipment mat question?

    Is it safe to stack a incline cheese mat on a 8 inch thick mat? are they built for this? Trying to learn front tucks, instead of just using in-ground resi pits or tumble traks. Wanted to test different mat formats for taller athletes.
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    WAG Proper Mat to learn front tuck flip?

    I have been learning and conditioning for the front flip tuck. To test in real environment, what is a good type of mat to learn? Is it a cheese wedge mat? My gymnast coach wants me to learn on 1) regular panel mat, but I was hearing 2) a incline cheese wedge would be better to alleviate the...
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    WAG Does Circus Trampoline class help train Gymnastics?

    I wanted to take a Circus Trampoline class. Do you think this class will help with gymnastics? I always thought doing this class would be considered 'cheating, and creating sloppy technique' in real tumbling (for front flips, backflips, side spins, etc). Reason is ease of use from jumping on...
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    WAG What Positions are used in a Dive Roll Mid Air?

    What positions are used in a Dive Roll, during Mid air part? Is it Arch, or Hollow? I am trying to figure out, Resource: Basic Shapes in Gymnastics: Thanks,
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    WAG Coaches: How often should I do "Active Flexibility Stretching"?

    How often should I do "Active Flexibility Stretching"? I do Passive/Static Stretching everyday for 1 hr. Just curious how often should I do "Active Stretching" as its a little bit more strength based. Three times a week? What do you recommend for your students? Currently a 30 year old woman...
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    WAG Headstand: Easier version to learn, Regular Tripod or Forearm?

    What is the easiest version of the handstand between these two, that is easier to teach children? Regular Headstand or Forearm Headstand? I can't tell anymore since its been a while. Are there any easier versions with the legs up? Regular: Forearm:
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    WAG How many times and how long stretching for Adult females?

    I am a 30 year old woman training gymnastics recreationally for last 6 months, around 5'5, 135 pounds. Never done it before, and find it interesting. I am in generally good shape, do aerobics, and light weight training. How long should I stretch per day? My gymnast coach said to stretch twice...
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    WAG Gymnastics Arch Body Position: Suck in Abs and Squeeze the Glutes?

    In gymnastics, I am working on the Arch Position for the back handspring. In the Arch body position, should I follow some of the same principles of the hollow body position? (a) Should I suck in the abs/stomach? (b) Should I squeeze the glutes also? I got the back handspring, just working on...
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    WAG Back handspring: Hands Starting position

    What is the proper back handspring starting position? I see two schools of thought, one with hands vertical straight up into a swing, the other is hands starting horizontal . See pictures below. In Women's Gymnastics: (a) Which way do judges look for and award more points? (b) Which way do...
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    WAG Round off, hollow body position?

    This sort of touches on my last question. I am trying to work on the round off. During the gymnastics round off, (a) should a person get into a "hollow body position", which includes sucking in/squeezing the abs and squeezing the glutes? (b) if so, when should an athlete start the hollow body...
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    WAG Round Off, Should I flick the wrist?

    During the gymnastics round off, should a person "flick the wrist" like they are kind of doing a basketball shot? This is also done with the "shoulder shrug pop" to get a lift from the ground. One of my coaches told me to flick wrist, just curious if this is standard practice? Everyone has...
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    WAG What is a Perfect Bridge in Gymnastics?

    What constitutes a perfect bridge? My gymnast coach says this is not a Bridge, this is similar to what I have below. So what is defined as a perfect bridge? Is it straight arms, straight legs? Do the arms have to be perfectly vertical to the ground, and not angled? Does anyone have a picture of...