Gymnastics is a tricky game as it is. Competing on four unique events against countless other people in front of hundreds of people is not every individual’s idea of fun. Gymnasts indulge in that challenge of displaying their abilities. The greatest challenge of the four events for many gymnasts is the balance beam.
What is the balance beam? The balance beam is a beam lifted four feet off the floor and is 16 feet long and four inches wide. After the beam was first invented, it was simply a wooden beam. Gymnasts focused more on the dancing aspect back in the day instead of tumbling but in the modern age a lot of the focus is on the tricks performed on the beam like the front tucks, back tucks, and ariels.
Following a few of these tips will allow you to master the beam.
In order to do well on the balance beam, you need to be certain that you are able to execute the ability on the ground first before you try it on the beam. Building your confidence on the ground first is a must before doing your skills on the beam.
A gymnast shouldn’t be afraid to get hurt. I’ve fallen off the balance beam many of times doing jumps and turns. You must build your confidence up and know that you’re not likely to be the best every time and that you are going to drop off. It happens.
Use the mats until you’re comfortable. You didn’t jump up in start walking in a day; you needed to hold on first. Using the mats can help build your confidence. After you begin repeatedly nailing your skills, take the mats away.
Request a spot. Your coaches are there to help you. They want to see you mask your skills. So do not hide away and be ashamed. Believe me; you will be thankful you asked for help now instead of going to a competition unprepared.
When doing a skill on the beam, take your time. Do not ever do a trick if you’re not physically and emotionally prepared for it. The beam is too tiny to rush on and could result in serious injury.
Beam makes a lot of people nervous which induces their feet and hands to sweat. Using chalk can help to prevent slipping off the beam no matter if you’re just standing or if you’re doing a skill.
Always watch your environment. By way of example, do not do a cartwheel while somebody is running beneath the beam. The beam is already scary enough.
The beam requires a lot of core muscles. The entire time you are on the beam, you will want to keep perfect posture such as a straight back, chin up, and on tip toes. Holding this posture will keep you on the beam much longer than just standing just like you would on the ground.
Practice makes perfect. Practicing your abilities over and over will get you the results you desire.
The balance beam can be frightening but using these tips can enable you to get over the fear and make the beam your favourite event.