Oklahoma Gold’s Warm-up procedures for school age gymnasts (15 to 30+ gymnasts at once)
Oklahoma Gold Gymnastics’ two warm up Mission Statements:
It’s warm up, not wear out! Five minutes MAX!
Let’s begin with something FUN, stretching is not necessary for recreational. We need ENERGY!
1st: We begin ALL recreational gymnastics classes with a 1 minute cardio routine to music.
Coaches burn the cd’s with “dance type” hits
Coaches that lead the warm-up are free to do most any aerobic exercise they choose
It’s very upbeat and everyone gets involved (Coaches too!)
2nd: We play a game or a challenge contest next. (Examples below)
Concept: Lead coach blows a whistle, when whistle stops, everyone drops.
Coach changes up the pattern (long, short, load, soft, etc.)
Boys against girls, etc.
Keep everyone in the game
Participation is the “name of the game”
Divide gymnasts into small, even groups
Coaches name to race. Each coach present gets to name one race
Encourages team work.
Divide up by classes
Teach the hoola hoop
End with the best of the best
Same idea as Hoola Hoop
Great game to encourage listening
Weed out kids, and end with Best of the Best.
3rd: Go see your Coach! Each class then starts its first of three apparatus rotations.
Steve can be reached at
Oklahoma Gold Gymnastics, Inc.
707 Centennial Blvd.
Edmond, OK 73013
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