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Keeping legs straight on a BHS on Beam

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gymnafreak

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Minn eee sooo ta! :)
I have done back handsprings on beam for like 7 years, and i have never been able to keep my legs straight. I can make them be fairly straight, but they are never straight. The back one is worse than the front. Anybody have any suggestions? Also, judges, what do you consider a straight leg in a BHS?
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coachmolly

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It could be that you are not pushing through your feet/toes enough and so not getting a big enough jump. You could try to practice bhs up onto a folded panel mat to get a better feel for the action.
 

gymkat

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I would consider a straight leg on a BHS to be, well, a leg that is fully extended immediately after jumping off the beam. Can you do them with straight legs on floor?
 

KyraGymnast

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I agree with coach molly :) i would do them up to a panel mat over and over again. I would also draw a line with chalk or make one with tape on the panel mat so you can keep your hand position right. After you've got that, move it to high beam!
 

gymnafreak

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Minn eee sooo ta! :)
Somedays i can keep them straight on floor, but when i do them on the beam, i think i bend my legs to help balance myself. If my backhandspring is straight, then my legs don't bend as much, but the more crooked it is, the more i bend my legs, so i think there is some correlation.
I will work on doing them onto panel mats.
 
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