Aerial Awareness and Learning to Move with Precision
We usually perform a lot of our movements relative to something solid and rigid, most of the time we're testing ourselves against gravity while rooted on the ground. It's easy and almost comforting to train against gravity as we have a lifetime of experience with it. But what about movements where we are not anchored and can't use solid footing as a reference? The double unders on the jump rope feels tricky even though you're only hopping inches off the ground. The rope climbs are no go even though you can climb a ladder no problem. The muscle up transitions feels impossible with the rings going all over the place.
So how do you train for that moment of weightlessness, and how do you master movements when you're not pushing or pulling against a rigid surface? One tool that gymnasts use to gain aerial awareness is the trampoline, where the athlete is able to spend more time in the air. As an exaggeration of reality, the athlete can then focus on precision movements to achieve proper positioning and controlled transitions under any orientation.
Over the few weeks, with the help of The Modern Gypsies we'll show you several progressions using the trampoline. If you have access to a trampoline, go try it out! But only go as quick as you can stay in control, don't be a knucklehead and get yourself hurt.
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