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IFAC Reflections Part 2
January 22, 2019
A review of Jerome Simian’s workshops on physical preparation for sport. I had to choose between different “strands” of coaching topics at the IFAC conference in Loughborough. A difficult choice, not wanting to miss out on some excellent speakers. I chose to attend Simian’s because of a quote I heard on the HMMR podcast: “I […]

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Speed and Power Training for Gymnasts

How to get faster for gymnastics

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Plyometric drills for speed

I presented two workshops last month at a conference for gymnastics coaches: speed training and plyometrics myths.

The coaches ranged in age, experience and their gymnastic discipline.

There is no one size fits all approach to gymnastics, so I tried to cover the underlying principles first so that the coaches could then apply it in their own context.

I made sure I asked questions first: what were their concerns, existing practices and type of gymnast they work with.

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Coordination for running

We then did practical drills with progressions from simple to complex.

“Running is a co ordination activity”

As I keep reminding the athletes I work with! The drills were designed to improve the 7 key aspects of running faster .

The coaches were enthusiastic, and had a go, even if they struggled somewhat to the new exercises.

With plyometrics training, it is important to do the work that is right for each athlete, so I showed several different progressions and variations.

The Coaches asked some great questions, and I hope I was able to help them. We have followed up since with the back up material and more video clips.

Looking forward to next time. I have since worked with 2 clubs on their specifc speed training for gymnasts on the vault and double mini trampoline.

Please see read our club page if you are interested in taking up gymnastics in Willand, Cullompton, EX15,


  1. […] young people into successful performers. Two of its coaches, Debbie and Nigel Saunders, have done workshops with me previously on speed, power and injury prevention. They invited me up to work with their […]

  2. […] Carolyn Devereux) both asked me to work on the run up of their gymnasts after seeing me present on speed and power for gymnasts last […]

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