Straps training is another great tool to introduce and refine many uneven and horizontal bar skills. Coaches must teach their gymnasts how to use the straps correctly and in a safe manner. These clips are examples of the proper straps and hands placement to train over grip skills.
The first dynamic step in straps training is learning how to progressively increase the basic swing amplitude. The hollow to tight arch motions to execute a tap while moving through the bottom are similar to the regular swings with straps but wearing the straps correctly the gymnasts can afford very big back and forth swings without any fear of ripping off the bar.
Strap giants help gymnasts to understand the tap actions timing and improve their body positions during the skill. Before attempting strap back gaints the gymnasts need some experience with giants with spot and big swings with straps.
Many horizontal or uneven bars basic skills show a cleaner body line when performed with a neutral head while some other skills are executed better when the gymnasts maintain visual contact with the bar as is the case with releases such as gingers and kollmans.
In this progressive step of the previous strap stalder drill the gymnasts continue increasing the amplitude of their body extension coming out of the pancake compression and also aim to direct that extension closer to the vertical line until eventually they reach a total handstand.
In this progressive step of the previous stalder drill, the gymnast continue increasing the amplitude of their body extension coming out of the pancake compression and also aim to direct that extension closer to the vertical line until they eventually reach a total handstand.
Although front giants may be trained using straps with an overgrip to practice certain skills such as inverted giants in eagle grip, the intitial grip required is an undergrip. Therefore it is important to know how to place the hands on the straps for safe undergrip swings.
During straps training sessions, front giants may be learned with an overgrip. Eventually it is wise to master front giants with an undergrip hand position. The athletes may build up their swings until they bring their bodies up to a handstand support. Observe how the hands are placed in the straps for undergrip swings and front giants.
Begining with an undergrip during the front part of the swing the gymnast brings the legs to a deep pancake in which the body passes through the bottom and is kept during the swing up while the athlete initiates a strong straight arms pull to support. The support ends with a wrist shift while the legs move out of the pancake compression.
The gymnast then makes a backwards roll to dislocate. The athlete must shift the wrists to maintain proper weight support at peak height or his body may collapse against the bar. Notice also the wrists shift on each inverted giants ascending phase to support.
The straps training is a convenient way to practice and develop reverse hechts timers without burning the hands. At first the gymnasts may practice hecht timers from big swings emphasizing a quick shoulder angle opening and a change from hollow to tight arch body positions before the swings moves under the horizontal.
Different horiztonal and uneven bars require different giants speed. Advanced gymnast must be able to speed up or slow down their giants at will be means of the power utilized to execute their taps. The straps are a perfect opportunity to practice long sets of giants where the athlete may change from fast to slow giants and vice versa several times in each single set.