Category: china

Sui Lu (CHN) scores 15.7 (6.9/8.8) on balance …

Sui Lu (CHN) scores 15.7 (6.9/8.8) on balance beam during the all around final at the 2010 Chinese National Championships

Learning from American Gymnastics

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dblarabian:

team-china:

There was a news article about what Coach Wang and the gymnasts learnt from training at Chows for 20 days and here are some interesting snippets from their reflections:

  • In a previous article, Wang mentioned that there is not much difference in skills/techniques and training facilities.
  • Coach Wang: “During conditioning like doing a series of frog jumps and back tucks, our kids get worn out and start tearing/crying, the American gymnasts can still smile and clap”
  • Coach Wang realised that all gymnasts (young and old) spend about equal amount of time on strength training and training skills for the apparatus. Since they do such training from young, they have a much stronger foundation.  In China, they only spent 20% of the time on strength training (the rest of the time are training skills).
  • Coach Wang “In their clubs, the intensity of their training (and their physical ability) is way beyond what is needed for competitions. Competitions are naturally easy for them. For us, the intensity of our training is way below what is needed for competitions. We worry that if we train slightly more, it will affect our performance in competitions negatively hence we reduce the amount of training.” (Maybe that is why your gymnasts always get injured around competitions)
  • Liu Tingting: “There are so many forms of strength training here, especially on the legs. We have not seen many of the training before and in the 20 days, the exercises were not repeated. After I am done, I felt that I did become stronger and it is easier to do routines on beam afterwards”
  • Coach Wang “In the past, we thought we lost to the US because our skills are inconsistent and poorly executed or the techniques are incorrect but now I realise maybe we lost because of physical ability … By improving their physical ability and with a better foundation, they can do skills faster/higher/further (e.g. their vaults)”
  • In America, the gymnasts are more motivated. The attitude is “I want to train”. In China, it is “you are asking me to train”. Coach Wang: “We should not only focus on training skill and basics. We should also cultivate their passion for the sport and training by teaching gymnasts to be patriotic, optimistic and proactive.”

okay but are you telling me that they just now realized that this is what sets the US apart (among other things obv)? I mean at least Russia knows (which sadly doesn’t stop them from being like ‚ohhhh we don’t want our gymnasts to look too muscular‘🙄)

Maybe they knew but this is an “Oh no, we are really doing something wrong”  😂

I think they didn’t know they were spending much less percentage of time conditioning compared to others and what type of training others do. The US probably developed these strength training over time and shared between gyms.

I remember watching videos of them do press to handstands, running in foam pits, rope climb and this training before the London Olympics. After London, they introduced trampoline training (which led to all the triple twists off beam and almost 3.5 twists on floor). When I saw the plyometrics workout Mihai created, I wished someone would send it to them  😂

They are more focused on training individual skills and when they are young – things like keeping this legs together, straight and toes pointed (they even have a slogan for that).

Another annoying thing is that their selection favours the lighter and smaller gymnasts and not powerful gymnasts of a bigger build like Luo Youjuan with decent beam/floor routines. Instead of conditioning, they are more focused on managing the weight of the gymnasts.

Luo Huan wants to have good luck in 2018.

Luo Huan wants to have good luck in 2018.

I wish you luck Luo Huan!  加油!

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mustafinesse:

mustafinesse:

Yang Yilin 2008 Olympic Uneven Bars champion Bronze Medalist

team-china: Yao Jinnan posted these photos to…

team-china:

Yao Jinnan posted these photos to reflect on her gymnastics career (x)

onodis: Gymnasts turning senior in 2018: Chen …

onodis:

Gymnasts turning senior in 2018: Chen Yile

Favorite Moments of 2017 – #3

Favorite Moments of 2017#3

The 2017 World Gymnastics Championships were heartbreaking for many gymnasts (and their fans) as injuries and mistakes kept many from achieving their goals. Amid all the injuries and sadness, gymnasts from around the world, both those who competed and those who did not, showed solidarity, sportsmanship, and friendship. Above are just some of the displays of international friendship and support from Montreal.

sparklesandchalk:

sparklesandchalk:

excuse me while I go hang out at Chow’s tomorrow