I have a pretty extensive video library of gymnastics training videos that I’ve either bought, recorded myself, or copied from other coaches. So, I pulled several excerpts from one of my favorite videos – “Double This, Double That.” This is a video that was distributed by the former USAIGC and is a lecture put on by Dave Adlard around 1996.
Dave and his wife also host a big meet out in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho called the Great West Gym Fest.
This lecture is not only entertaining and informative, but it has been very instrumental in shaping a lot of my philosophy and ideology on gymnastics training. If you are still not convinced about the importance of sound basics in a developing gymnast, hopefully if we continue to “beat a dead horse into the ground,” we can convince you!
Maybe those of you who read this blog are convinced. Fantastic! Unfortunately, every time I walk into a meet, I constantly see the same stuff – sloppy, poor technique and it all stems from neglected basics. So, it’s pretty obvious to me that not everybody gets it. Oh, they all “talk the talk,” but I see so few who “walk the walk.”
Here are two excerpts from the video. The first video talks about training gymnasts right the first time and the second excerpt explains how practice is permanent.
Again, these excerpts were taken from a VHS video using Dazzle software. If the sound quality is poor, I apologize. You should be able to hear fine if you turn up your speakers or plug in your headphones.