HOW TO LEARN AND TEACH A LAYOUT WITH A HALF AND FULL TWIST – Gymnastics and Cheer Tutorial

HOW TO LEARN AND TEACH A LAYOUT WITH A HALF AND FULL TWIST – Gymnastics and Cheer Tutorial


Hey guys I’m Carl and today I want to go over some steps that I use to help teach twisting whether it’s a layout with a half twist or a layout with a full twist. I also want to greatly thank my friend Anatoly who helped coach and teach me a full when I used to work at Head Over Heels a number of years ago. Before I go over these drills which can be done on a resi mat or an 8 inch mat I first want to go over the take off whether it’s a layout, a half, or a full because it’s going to be the same take off position. You’re going to start with your arms up keeping your back straight and you’re going to have a slight arch in your hips which is going to make you go up as well as rotate. And a drill you can do to practice this take off position is on a resi mat, where you’re going to swing your arms up and keeping your head in and your back straight and you’re going to have a slight arch in your hips and land on your back. So the first step is on a resi mat we’re going to kick up to a handstand but we’re actually going to kick up a little bit shy of a handstand and try and come down hollow to your stomach keeping your arms straight and about your head. The next step is you’re going to do the same thing and land on your stomach and which ever way you twist, you’re going to bring your arms down to 1 side, having your arm over here going a little bit lower than your other arm. The next step is after you come down from a handstand you’re going to push off a little bit and try and twist in the air. And to go from a half to a full instead of keeping your arms straight and coming down I’m going to make fists and bend my arms over to 1 side and I’m also going to add a little bit of hip. And you’re probably only going to make 3/4 then you’re going to roll over to your stomach. So Jake here is nice enough to help us out and we’re going to start off with doing a back handspring to your feet just to warm up at the end of the tumbletrack. Good The next step is you’re going to do a back handspring and you’re going to try and stall it out a little and land nice and hollow onto your stomach. The next step is you’re going to do a back handspring to your stomach and after you land you’re going to bring your arms down to which ever side you twist and roll over to your back. Perfect The next step is after you do a back handspring to your hands, you’re going to push off and in the air bring your arms down to 1 side and try and land on your back. Awesome And the last step is you’re going to do a back handspring and after you push off your hands you’re going to make fists and bend your arms and bring your arms down to 1 side and also add a little bit of hip and try and go 3/4 of the way or even full way and land on your stomach. You can also keep your arms straight and bring them straight down to 1 side and try and do a full all the way to your stomach. Awesome So I want to go over a little bit on how to spot a full and first off I want to say that you have to feel pretty comfortable spotting a back tuck and a layout. So first we’re going to start with a standing layout and I’m going to put 1 hand here and 1 hand here and I’m going to bump him and catch him and try and help him on his landing. Good For a half I’m actually going to stand on the other side but we’re just going to turn Jake around We’re not going to do it here we’re going to do some into the pit in a minute I’m just going to show you what I do with my arms I’m going to put my arm over here he’s going to do a layout and as he twists I’m going to roll him over to the opposite side and help him on his landing. And for a full I’m going to come back over on his twisting side and I’m going to bump him like a layout put this hand in here and he’s going to roll into me and I’m going to help him around.  Let’s do a couple into the pit. We’re actually going to do this today tucked so we’re going to do some open tucks as opposed to grabbing here and pulling we’re going to do an open tuck and flip like this. Start off doing a standing tuck Now try a half And a full Jake standing full! Ready? Awesome thanks And real quick we’re going to go over some spotting for a layout a half and a full For a layout I recommend that you stand on whatever side you normally spot for a back tuck or a layout 1,2,3 flip For a half I’m going to stand on the opposite side that he twists Ready 1,2,3 Good And for a full I’m going to stand on the same side that he twists 1,2,3 flip Ok Awesome, thanks Jake


13 thoughts on “HOW TO LEARN AND TEACH A LAYOUT WITH A HALF AND FULL TWIST – Gymnastics and Cheer Tutorial

  1. Mr Carl, nice drills man, again keep up the good work . I just wane to ask which direction is the ideal one for twisting if you are right handed?

  2. This was so helpful! ive been looking for a video with the hands in slo mo for spotting a full for whatever, could you possibly make a video explaining what each drill focus's on?

  3. Great video! I’ve been stuck on a half and have no idea how to twist all the way? Any tips for the trampoline?

  4. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! Finally a great step by step guide!!!! You are a fabulous coach! I wish you all the best!!! thx again!!!

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