No one can just walk in for a gymnastics class without knowing anything! We can cover that for you. Here are some of the things you will be expected to know the first day.
First, you need to know
how to do a forward roll tucked. You need to tuck your knees to where they
come up to your chest, your head should be tucked to you knees, and you
roll forward. When you've finished rolling forward try to stand up
without using your hands. Next, you need to know how to do a candlestick.
First, you lay on your back, then, you push your legs straight up into
the air. Now you rise up on your shoulder blades, and your arms are
completely flat on the ground. Now, we will tell you how to do a
cartwheel. First, you stand in a lunge (A lunge is where you place
your dominate foot forward so your knee bends and lean forward).
Next, you turn your upper body sideways and use the hand above the dominate
foot and lean forward until you hand touches the ground and your other
foot is in the air. Now, quickly rotate your body sideways so both hands
are on the ground and both feet in the air. Quickly bring one foot on the
ground and then the other foot. While you are doing so bring your hands
off the ground, too. You should finish in a lunge. Next, you
need to know a bridge. First lay flat on your back, then, you put the palms
of your hands on the ground so your wrists bend backwards and your elbows
stick up in the air, and then bend your knees. Then slowly rise your back
and behind off the ground. Your back should be arched so you look like
a bridge. While in the bridge, your head should remain off the ground.
On the parallel bars, or
bars we may call, you need to know how to do a front support. A front
support is where you lift your body up onto the bars. Your arms should
be perfectly straight and you should be holding onto the bar firmly. Be
sure that your upper body is completely above the bar. Also, your legs
should be glued together. Next, you need to know how to do a cast. A cast
is where you have your upper body above the bar and you push your body
away from the bar. Once you have done so you, you jump of the bar and pose.
Now, you need to know how to do "monkey walks." Monkey walks are where
you hang on the bar like a monkey. Slowly you scoot your hands over and
move. Your legs should be glued together the whole time. Now, you
need to know how to do a arch-hollow. A arch-hollow is where you hang on
the bar tightly, and arch your back to where you look like a banana.
A hollow is where you use your abs only. You move your feet upward
and your knees should be closer to your stomach. Well that's it for
the parallel bars.
On the vault you're expected
to know how to run, but of course everybody can run. That's really all
you are expected to know how to do on the vault.
On the beam you're expected to know how to pivit. A pivit is where you stand on the beam on the tips of your toes and do a half turn. You should be facing the oppisit way that you started. Next, you need to know how to dismount. A dismount is where you stand on the beam jump off the beam and pose.
It's okay if you don't know
any of these things. Everybody is different. We're sure that your gymnastics
teachers will help you learn all of these things.