Resistance Training to Improve Flexibility for Gymnastics
Dynamic flexibility stretching is when a gymnast utilizes swinging movements of the arms and legs to increase flexibility and improve their range of motion. Examples of dynamic flexibility stretching are split kicks, leading splits, and scales. When a gymnast puts on the Myosource Kinetic Bands, they allow dynamic flexibility moves and skills to be performed by adding resistance to build strength while increasing flexibility. The bands do not restrict movements and are hands free for performing gymnastics tumbling skills and flexibility movements.
What is Flexibility?
Flexibility is full range of motion body movement that does not hurt. Many gymnasts are injured because they push past their present range of motion. The greater motion of a joint, the greater the flexibility. If a gymnast is not extremely flexible, there are moves and stunts that will not be possible. Flexibility can be improved if a gymnast is willing to spend the time and energy it takes to work on it. As a gymnast advances from one level to the next their flexibility must continue to develop because the tumbling skills, acrobatic skills, and dance moves become more difficult. It is important that gymnasts develop great technique and form when working on flexibility. A gymnast must develop an appropriate flexibility stretching routine to continue as they progress through different gymnastics levels.
Static Stretching for Flexibility:
Static flexibility stretching is when a gymnast holds a stretching position for a certain period of time. An example of a static stretch is sitting in the splits. There are three types of splits that a gymnast must be able to perform. They are the right leg forward splits, left leg forward splits, and middle, also known as straddle splits. As a gymnast advances from level to level, gymnasts can extend their splits past a flat level, which requires even greater flexibility.
Gymnastics Flexibility Exercise Tips:
- Gymnast must never forget to stretch their groin. This is an area that does not receive much attention. Simple exercises in the Myosource Kinetic Bands, like a butterfly stretch or basic groin stretch, will develop flexibility in the groin area. During these exercises keep the back straight to work back flexibility at the same time.
- Stretch the quads and calf muscles with exercises like sitting in a pike position with the Myosource Kinetic Bands on. Grab the toes while keeping the legs straight and pull the toes towards the chest. Another great exercise is standing up on one foot and grab the other heel to pull it up to the butt. Holding this position will build strength and flexibility with the resistance that is being applied.
- To build flexibility in the back, keep the Myosource Kinetic Bands on and hold a backbend. A gymnast will walk the hands towards the feet for increased flexibility.