Before attempting fast front hip circles down in preparation for the whole front hip circle back to support, the gymnast must master a slow front hip circle down.
Shrugging the shoulders down a little brings the hips and center of mass lower so the skill can be performed without the body falling down as fast as when the hips and center of mass are higher up. A good goal for gymnasts is to try to lower down to hanging “L” position before bringing the feet down to the floor. This activity has a basic physical preparation value for the beginner and intermediate gymnast.
When the novice gymnast is attempting the front hip circle down for the first time, placing soft extra mats under the bar minimizing the chances of undesirable mishaps or accidents.