Hello and welcome to Tulsa tumble talk with justice tumbling company, the one and only Jenks Tumbling Lessons show where we your Tulsa tumbling experts. Answer the questions that we get from parents and athletes on a daily basis. We are your hosts, Coulton cruise and rusty breaths slur and we are the owners of justice tumbling company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Rusty, I’m feeling pretty old. I feel it too. Um, this, this podcast is going to be talking about flexibility, something that we’ve lost since we’ve gotten older. I’ve not nearly as flexible as I used to be. A, and that’s probably a good thing,

but sadly we are flexible, more flexible than some of the outfits are coming around. Right? So that’s one thing that we wanted to touch base because flexibility, it does have a big part in tumbling. Uh, so when we’re sitting there stretching out our classes, it seems like, especially the older kids, um, don’t really want to really stretch or even try to stretch. It does prevent injury. It does help in that sense, but when it comes to doing a certain skills, they’re gonna need certain amount of flexibility. Oh yeah. So stretching out, it’s definitely going to help your jobs. It’s a big part of cheer. So little kids always love it and they think it’s awesome to stretch and get their splits all the way down.

Butterflies. Sorry, that was my computer just rang. Whoa. That was shocking. Anyway, they know Rusty’s right. It, you know, it’s, it seems like the older kids don’t want to work on flexibility. Don’t they think that they’re above it. Um, and it’s just as important as doing the warmups and doing the class itself.

Like everything else. There’s a reason we do it. We don’t just do it to waste time if we, cause I’ve, I’ve had that before where a kid’s running late to a private Jenks Tumbling Lessons or something. I asked him that quick stretch out. They’re like, oh, I stretched in their car or something. I know they didn’t. And then they pull a muscle doing around offers something similar

and then you do, you do, uh, like if those kids who don’t really care about stretching one, we’re actually stretching. You take those kids, same kids and be like, okay, you’re not stretching today. They’d be like, what? No, no, you can do that too. But uh, then then, then, then they would whine about it. But we wouldn’t, we wouldn’t do that because your body needs to stretch. And I think that the most important one, his wrists and ankles, um, it just because everybody has pain in their wrists and ankles when they’ve tumbled. Um, but also bridges is something that older kids like kind of stopped doing after a certain point. Um, but you know what those backhand springs, the more flexible you can be in your shoulders, the better off you’re going to be, the more support you’re going to have.

Exactly. If you’ve been tumbling for a long time since you were little, a new Safford, great bridge, you probably have a really strong and backhand springs as you get older, if you stop working on your bridges are going to start finding that your backhand springs aren’t as long. Right? It’s hard for you to snap. It’s hard to block your shoulders,

especially because your, your body grows. And as girls get growth spurts and there were boys and their body grows a, they’re tumbling has to grow with it. You can’t just kind of stick with the same, the same thing that you’ve, that you’ve always done. Things have to change. Uh, unfortunately. Um, your body control changes. Your, your technique changes slightly. And uh, your uh, flexibility has to change with it. No, we always wouldn’t. Boys come into the gym. Flexibility is a huge thing because they can pick up skills quickly, but they always struggle with back. Handsprings yeah, they can pick up those texts. They heck they could even pick up standing fulls really, really quickly. Um, just because of the fear aspect isn’t there. But when it comes to the ability to be to for backhand springs and, and you know, do a round off back handspring Tucker around, up at cancer layout.

How many boys do, who do we work with that always wanted to do like a round off layout or a lot rounded off full. I’ll pull out. A lot of it was because nobody likes the flexibility part. So when we get boys, we always have to spend a long time like overstretching and their shoulders, like really breaking down those shoulders to where they can stretch out for tunneling. Well. And then we have boys who come in and girls who come in who, who aren’t even able to hold bridges just because they can’t get their arms behind their ears and that, that makes things difficult. Now before we get started, this is a disclaimer. We, it is, there is pause. It is possible. There is such thing as I’m using too much flexibility in your tumbling. You don’t want to arch way too much in your backhand springs or you’re doing a backhand spring and one in one spot or a lot of the time when it comes to layout, I was going to say layouts turns into a whip and, and you, you whip your head back and you have that super arch in your back.

Um, and that’s hard to learn how to control if you don’t have that already. And a lot of the times it’s fliers who are getting stretched for Scorpion, it’s going to be old. It’s almost that over flexibility to where they have to work twice as hard on body control, theft to build up their core so the core can almost counteract that extra flexibility. Right, right. And, and so, um, with that being said, flexibility is, um, still very, very important part of tumbling. Uh, it is that rare occasion that you can be too flexible. I do have a girl that can, or she used to be able to, but it jacked up her shoulders. She could jump rope with her own arms, which is not natural. That is boy too flexible. Usually. Usually whenever it becomes a problem, it is not, is not your, um, higher level athletes.

It’s your entry level athletes who have been doing bridges for a really, really, really long time. And they can probably like get an a bridge and hold on to their ankles. Uh, you know, but, and then they think, okay, bridge comes before, um, back walkover and back. Walkover comes before backhand spring. So I must be doing the same kind of arch when my [inaudible] are back for the backhand spring. And that’s it. That’s not the case. So it’s usually those entry level athletes with the, uh, with backhand springs where we see it the most. And then once they, if, if they’re working on layouts, usually they have enough body control. Hopefully we’ll have enough body control to get through that pretty quick. Um, but with that being said, um, arms by your ears, Eh, there’s, there’s no better technique than that. Even, even sometimes I pushed for behind behind the ears. Uh, those stretches to keep your arms up, keep your arms back where you didn’t, they’re not coming in your face, uh, is really, really important.

Yes. If you have the flexibility in your shoulders are supposed to have or you can stretch your arms that a little bit behind your ears, uh, it’s going to save your wrist as well. Yeah. That’d be complaining about your risks are not going to need tiger paws or something crazy like that.

You don’t, you’re not going to be walking out there like you have a grips. I don’t even know if our audience knows what grips, but it gymnastics in gymnast, a gymnast, you use grips to hold onto the high bar. Uh, and even bars, stuff like that, um, rings. Uh, but anyway, another, a new thing that I’m doing in our stretches is making sure that our older girls are doing butterflies. And whenever I said that one time they’re like butterflies. Like we haven’t done butterflies since we were like six years old. Well, um, they’re really, really important. It stretches your groin. It stretches. Um, so cause believe it or not, when you do around off, which everybody does around offs, no matter what level you are, you do that, that like really fast kick to get your leg off the ground and then you snap really fast to get your legs together at the top. So that butterfly stretch, pushing your knees down to the ground really keeps you from, uh, tearing, tearing that daring your growing whenever you’re ready.

Yeah. So if you go to snap and you haven’t stretched that, snapping those feet together, you can definitely pull something. And I’ve seen it kids, it’s takes forever for kids to get back and healed after that. So make sure you are stretching. We can’t stretch it. And Er, stress, heat, stress it enough. You can’t stretch it up. Um, so

well I want to kind of break down exactly what happens, why we need to stretch. So whenever you work out, whenever your muscles, your muscles are actually tearing. Every time you run, every time you lift weights, your muscles are, are being pulled apart and, and tearing apart and then your body heals it. So you get tissue back in those spots where it’s been torn and that tissue is actually really, really, really tight. If you’ve ever had an injury where you had surgery, had been cut open, something like that, you have scar tissue. It’s the same thing with our muscles. So whenever you’ve worked out, um, and you wait a couple days or you wait a week, which is sometimes how long people wait to come back and fumble, that scar tissue is still really tight. And so what you have to do is be able to stretch that, that scar tissue and, and reopened. And it sounds pretty disgusting actually, but, but you want to be able to stretch it so it’s not super tight or else that’s when things are going to tear really, really fast. Then

so and ending with you are stretching or your friend is stretching it out or even a coach is stretching you out. You should not just, if it’s a split, any kind of stretch, just shoved them down as hard as you can. That is the worst thing, but that actually happens quite a bit. Yeah, you should go to where it’s uncomfortable. You go a little bit past it, you hold for 10 seconds. That’s why you do have that chance for your muscles to kind of get stretched and like he said, do that. Don’t just shove down and then you’ll slowly see the progress. If you continuously go to push yourself to where it hurts and go a little bit past, you’ll start finding yourself as the weeks go on and you’re going to get more and more floods.

I want to say within the past year there was a video that came out of like a cheerleading and all star coach or something like that pushing seven the kid. Some kids aren’t flexible so if you’re just trying to get them to that quick fix, Hey I’m going to get them right away. There is no quick fix for tumbling. Remember the thing in anything. Yeah. This generation is so obsessed with instant gratification and um, what we want you to learn to do is delay your gratification. The longer you delay it, oh, the sweeter it is. Once you actually get that skill or that you reach your goal, whatever it might be, it’s so much better. Once you make sure that you do it 100%, you’re not trying to cut corners. So anyway, this has been flexibility with Tulsa tumble talk. Um, we, uh, we think that flexibility is very, very important at justice stumbling company. And uh, we hope that you do to, you take it seriously just as serious as you take your warmups and the class as a whole. So if you’re interested in finding out more about us justice tumbling company or Colton Rusty, you can check out our website. It’s just this stumbling code.com

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