Seal Stretch with Shoulder Twist
While in the Seal Stretch position the gymnast turns their shoulder either to the left or right to increase stretch in the abdominal.
- Help increase the stretch in the abdominals.
- Help stretch shoulders.
Go into the Seal Stretch position. Turn your shoulders either to the left or the right and hold for 20 seconds. Now turn to the other side and hold for 20 seconds.
Stage 1 – Setup
Stage 2 – Seal Position
Stage 3 – Shoulder Twist
Common MistakesCoaches teach gymnasts how to do skills correctly, but most gymnasts learns how to perform the skill correctly when coaches corrects their mistakes. This is not wrong, this is actually how gymnasts learn. This being said, it is very important that coaches corrects mistakes all the time. If a gymnast continues doing the same mistake over and over then they will be good at doing that drill with that mistake and have a difficult time later correcting it.
- Always correct mistakes
- Correct the first mistake you see the gymnast do (even if it is before the actually drill, i.e. the gymnast forgets to stand tall with arms over their head)
- Correct only one thing (sometimes two if they are related)