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front layout shaping

fitzlewitzle

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I've noticed that many girls tend to have pike-y front layouts where they pike in the beginning and then whip their legs over. Any tips or drills to avoid this?
 

Aussie_coach

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A lot of the time this is caused by leaning forward on take off, and not understand the concept that the chest goes up and then the heels drive over the head. I find layouts over an obstacle helps (a soft obstacle) so they must take off upwards.
 

Geoffrey Taucer

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I've generally found the best way around this is to rethink the progression towards a front layout

Tuck --> pike --> layout will generally give you a pikey layout that doesn't have the sort of forward travel you want for connection
Bounder --> Bounder over raised mats (say, about thigh level) --> Front layout will tend to give you a much better front layout.

Train for distance, not for height.
 
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