Walkovers

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    Aug 03, 2011 2:27 PM GMT
    Did any of you ever learn walkovers in your younger years? I've begun to notice that most gyms don't teach walkovers to boys anymore. In a way I can understand since it's not a skill found in any compulsory routines. There might be backbends at most. Otherwise, walkovers are saved for girls these days. However, I always enjoyed doing them when I was younger!
  • wild_sky360

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    Aug 03, 2011 8:00 PM GMT
    I don't know what that is
  • dancedancekj

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    Aug 03, 2011 8:03 PM GMT
    Obviously they require back flexibility. Do they require a lot of forearm strength as well? My arms collapse well before I can even get the backwards momentum going, although I can do handstands just fine.
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    Aug 03, 2011 8:10 PM GMT
    wild_sky360 saidI don't know what that is


    It's the skill that this boy does starting at 0:34 (Except without coming down into a split. You usually just stand up.)




    It's pretty unusual to see boys who know how to do this skill (both front and back walkovers) these days. I learned how to do them in my early years, but as I got older and changed gyms, I was one of the few guys on my team who knew how to do them.

    It's become mostly a girl's skill now since it's so prevalent in the early levels on beam and floor.

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    Aug 03, 2011 8:14 PM GMT
    I might have to start posting some of my own gymnastics videos considering I can't find a decent one for a front walkover. All of them are so bad!
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    Aug 03, 2011 8:33 PM GMT
    When I was learning them, I remember the biggest hurdle being that split second of panic you had thinking you were going to land on your head (at least for the back walkovers). Once you overcame that, it was golden. It's a little odd if they've stopped teaching them to younger male gymnasts - I can't really see any valid reason not to.

    Also, I just tried both front and back walkovers to make sure I could still do them. On the way up from my front walkover, I managed to clock my elbow on a table. And now I'm bleeding everywhere.

    And people wonder why I'm still single.
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    Aug 03, 2011 11:12 PM GMT
    I believe they don't teach walkovers to boys anymore (at least not in the US) because none of today's JO compulsory routines have a walkover. Hence, walkovers seem to have become exclusive to girls.
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    Aug 03, 2011 11:26 PM GMT
    aerovaulter saidWhen I was learning them, I remember the biggest hurdle being that split second of panic you had thinking you were going to land on your head (at least for the back walkovers). Once you overcame that, it was golden. It's a little odd if they've stopped teaching them to younger male gymnasts - I can't really see any valid reason not to.

    Also, I just tried both front and back walkovers to make sure I could still do them. On the way up from my front walkover, I managed to clock my elbow on a table. And now I'm bleeding everywhere.

    And people wonder why I'm still single.


    Oh no. You poor baby. icon_sad.gif So can you still do them? You know, if that table wasn't there?

    You were a gymnast? Didn't know that. But I guess it explains the "vault" part.
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    Aug 03, 2011 11:31 PM GMT
    One thing's for sure: there are not enough videos on Youtube of guys doing gymnastics! All the training stuff is always for girls icon_sad.gif

    Should I start my own gymnastics Youtube channel? icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 04, 2011 3:10 AM GMT
    pocketnicoOne thing's for sure: there are not enough videos on Youtube of guys doing gymnastics! All the training stuff is always for girls

    Should I start my own gymnastics Youtube channel?


    Do it!

    cityaznguy said
    aerovaulter saidWhen I was learning them, I remember the biggest hurdle being that split second of panic you had thinking you were going to land on your head (at least for the back walkovers). Once you overcame that, it was golden. It's a little odd if they've stopped teaching them to younger male gymnasts - I can't really see any valid reason not to.

    Also, I just tried both front and back walkovers to make sure I could still do them. On the way up from my front walkover, I managed to clock my elbow on a table. And now I'm bleeding everywhere.

    And people wonder why I'm still single.


    Oh no. You poor baby. icon_sad.gif So can you still do them? You know, if that table wasn't there?

    You were a gymnast? Didn't know that. But I guess it explains the "vault" part.


    Haha, I survived. Bleeding aside, I did manage to do both walkovers. I trained as a gymnast when I was younger for a few years, until they closed my gym down. BUT, the "vaulter" in my profile name is actually from pole vaulting, which I did in high school.

    And now you know! *cue rainbow*
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    Aug 04, 2011 3:12 AM GMT
    aerovaulter saidWhen I was learning them, I remember the biggest hurdle being that split second of panic you had thinking you were going to land on your head (at least for the back walkovers). Once you overcame that, it was golden. It's a little odd if they've stopped teaching them to younger male gymnasts - I can't really see any valid reason not to.

    Also, I just tried both front and back walkovers to make sure I could still do them. On the way up from my front walkover, I managed to clock my elbow on a table. And now I'm bleeding everywhere.

    And people wonder why I'm still single.


    Aero!!! There's a rumor going around that you're coming to Chicago ;)
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    Aug 04, 2011 3:17 AM GMT
    aerovaulter said

    Haha, I survived. Bleeding aside, I did manage to do both walkovers. I trained as a gymnast when I was younger for a few years, until they closed my gym down. BUT, the "vaulter" in my profile name is actually from pole vaulting, which I did in high school.

    And now you know! *cue rainbow*


    Here, I found something I feel is very fitting.

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    (elephant for the clumsiness, cuz you know, you keep bumping into things icon_razz.gificon_razz.gificon_razz.gif)
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    Aug 04, 2011 3:45 AM GMT
    CHIdudeAero!!! There's a rumor going around that you're coming to Chicago ;)


    Unfortunately it's just a rumor now icon_sad.gif. I was planning on going up that weekend to visit my sister, but my finances are so tight with school and trying to find an apartment that it's not do-able anymore. Le sigh.

    cityaznguy said
    aerovaulter said

    Haha, I survived. Bleeding aside, I did manage to do both walkovers. I trained as a gymnast when I was younger for a few years, until they closed my gym down. BUT, the "vaulter" in my profile name is actually from pole vaulting, which I did in high school.

    And now you know! *cue rainbow*


    Here, I found something I feel is very fitting.

    1ce29b66a922a1477c7fb06b60e2d5cec.jpg

    (elephant for the clumsiness, cuz you know, you keep bumping into things icon_razz.gificon_razz.gificon_razz.gif)


    HA, you're spot on with that. I am a massive klutz. icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 05, 2011 2:57 AM GMT
    aerovaulter said
    CHIdudeAero!!! There's a rumor going around that you're coming to Chicago ;)


    Unfortunately it's just a rumor now icon_sad.gif. I was planning on going up that weekend to visit my sister, but my finances are so tight with school and trying to find an apartment that it's not do-able anymore. Le sigh.

    cityaznguy said
    aerovaulter said

    Haha, I survived. Bleeding aside, I did manage to do both walkovers. I trained as a gymnast when I was younger for a few years, until they closed my gym down. BUT, the "vaulter" in my profile name is actually from pole vaulting, which I did in high school.

    And now you know! *cue rainbow*


    Here, I found something I feel is very fitting.

    1ce29b66a922a1477c7fb06b60e2d5cec.jpg

    (elephant for the clumsiness, cuz you know, you keep bumping into things icon_razz.gificon_razz.gificon_razz.gif)


    HA, you're spot on with that. I am a massive klutz. icon_razz.gif


    Aero, bummer icon_sad.gif You were the reason I wanted to go to the Chicago RJ thing!
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    Mar 19, 2012 6:27 PM GMT
    i did walk overs when i was doing gymnastics...and i STILL do them...FUN times!! icon_smile.gif
  • gr8hands4you

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    Mar 29, 2012 12:26 AM GMT
    I was in gymnastics from age 6 and was the only real gymnast in my high school,, I started doing walkovers at six and could still do them into my late 20s. Then it became harder as I matured... I taught and coached part time for many years and got out out at age 47..