Core Strength Training

Core Strength Training for Gymnasts

Core strength in gymnastics is necessary for balance, flexibility, and stability. Gymnasts need a strong and stable core in order to place the body in a variety of positions while keeping the muscles tight. Training the core enables gymnasts to increase strength for excessive power and explosive movements. In the video below, a group of gymnasts are performing core strengthening exercises while utilizing the Myosource Kinetic Bands. Notice that the bands do not restrict the gymnast’s movements while firing the muscles in the legs, hips and core.

 

Gymnastics Core Strength

The Myosource Kinetic Bands are used by gymnasts all over the world to build core strength, as well as lower and upper body strength. Gymnasts are able to perform any warms ups, stretches, and gymnastic routines while wearing these resistance bands.

Gymnastics Glutes Sitting Flutter Kicks:

  1. Put on the Myosource Kinetic Bands.
  2. Sit down on the mat with the lower body, core, and upper body lifted off of the mat.
  3. Bring the legs and arms towards each other, resulting in an in-air pike position.
  4. Flutter the legs by raising the right leg and lowering the left. Quickly switch legs, raising the left leg and lowering the right. Make sure to keep the body up and do not let the legs, back, or arms touch the mat. Either bring the hands and arms down by the hips or keep them out in front of the body to touch each leg as it flutters upward.
  5. Perform this exercise with the resistance bands and then immediately without.

The gymnast should also perform this exercise by bringing both legs up and down together in the pike position.

Gymnastics Hanging Stretches:

  1. Put on the Myosource Kinetic Bands.
  2. Hang from the higher uneven bar.
  3. Bring the legs upward into a straddle position, then slowly lower them back down.
  4. Bring the legs upward into a pike position, then slowly lower them back down.
  5. Pull the legs upward into a straddle position, bringing them all the way through, beside the arms, with the hips and glutes towards the bar. The legs should be beside the arms, parallel to the ground.

During this drill the gymnast will never lower the hips and legs all the way back down, but only to where they are in front of the body.

Gymnastics Split Jumps:

  1. Put on the Myosource Kinetic Bands.
  2. Stand straight up on the mat with the feet together and the arms above the head.
  3. Jump straight into the air. When coming back down onto the mat, immediately jump up again into splits and back down.

The idea is to tighten the core to build strength for higher jumps.

 

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