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  1. Ian Hogg

    Getting children to do conditioning

    Hi, this is probably a question for Coach Sommer, Blairbob or one of the other gymnastics coaches on the forum or possibly an elementary school teacher. But any ideas from anyone are more than welcome. I'm a volunteer Men's gymnastics coach (to give an idea of level I can teach r'off, backflip, back tuck and various apparatus skills about that level). My problem is motivating the boys I teach to do the conditioning they need to do to be able to perform properly. It is mainly a recreational class so I can't just lay down the law and tell them to do it or else as it would just drive them away. I want to find a way to make the conditioning enjoyable enough that they'll stick with it and get fit without realising they're working hard. Trying to do static holds and things with them is a waste of time as they just come down as soon as they get the slightest bit tired and because of the age and ability range it's hard to gauge what they should be able to do. Does anyone know of any good websites or book resources that cover gymnastics based conditioning games, etc or has any ideas themselves? I don't have a lot of room to do conditioning in because the gym is really busy at the time they are in, only maybe a half or sometimes quarter floor area for around 8 gymnasts aged between 5 and 10 years old. Many Thanks for any help! PS. I know this isn't really the usual GB question but if they stick in maybe they'll be on here one day

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