Episode #43 – Bad Habits

Hello and welcome to Tulsa tumble talk with justice tumbling company, the one and only Tulsa tumbling 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. Now, today’s podcast is going to be talking about bad habits. We’re gonna be going over, um, what can be considered a bad habit, but also how to break that habit and how to start going into the right direction. Now, we all know that you, you know what a bad habit is. You know, there’s all kinds of bad, nasty habits that you don’t want. I’m in the real world, but as far as tumbling, um, rusty, go ahead and give us an idea of what a bad habit is so that we can take it from there.

Yes, a bad habit is a negative behavior pattern. So like Colton said, biting your fingernails could be considered about having smoking. tulsa cheerleading, habits are definitely hard to break
and we’ve googled habits and everything we’ve confined. tulsa cheerleading, it says that there is a certain amount of days that it takes to break that bad habit. How many days rusty?

21 days for that, any mental image to dissolve or whatever that bad habit is to kind of dissolve out.

Now there’s, there’s 24 hours in a day. So if you’re having to deal with that bad habit for 24 hours, imagine how many passes in tumbling it takes to break a bad habit. Um, how many hours it actually takes. So, tulsa cheerleading, we want to make sure that you guys understand that, um, we’re not bashing you or what kind of, whatever habits you might have for tumbling, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t work towards the direction to get out of that bad habit.

Yes. Having bad habits, this is going to eventually every athlete will hit a wall and when it’s coming to trying to get a new skill or trying to progress, um, if you have a lot of bad habits, you might hit that wall sooner. So it’s important to learn how to trigger or figuring out what you’re about habit is. And then what you got to do to fix it. Now, Colton, we talked about bad habits in the real world, such as biting your fingernails and all that fun stuff. Uh, what is a good example of a bad habit and tumbling?

So, um, something that I had explained to my athletes, uh, actually last night we were, I was in a private and they kept on and kept on finishing in their rebound with their arms more out in front of them rather than up by their ears. And I told them, you know, they’d been tumbling since they were like five, like five or six. And um, I asked them, okay, so how as far back as you can remember, when did you actually start working on rebounds? And they were like, oh, that, I mean even before round offs we started working rebounds, arms up and stuff like that. Um, so from pretty much day one here at justice tumbling company, we are working on rebounds and it’s not just some silly jump that we’re trying to teach kids. It’s, it’s a good habit that we’re trying to instill in them from day one. So if you’re going round off, back handspring, rebound, and you’re doing that over and over and over again, um, it’s preparing you for round off, back handspring, tuck. Now the moment that we are doing our rebounds wrong is the moment that we’ll start doing our sets for our Tux wrong. And so, you know, we spend all that time making those good habits, but if those kids aren’t going to apply that habit and, and you know, change it, then we really see a really bad set for their Tux.

And it happens a lot with advanced athletes. You’ll see a lot when they, tulsa cheerleading, are working advanced skills. If they’re warming up more than throwing round off back handspring, rebounds, something that is probably a beginner or novice, go, um, they’re not as serious about it. So they don’t always finish the rebounds. They might drop their arms are not even have their arms up at all, but like you just saw it 21 days to break or to create a bad habit. If you do that for 21 days, then subconsciously you’re giving yourself about habit. Yeah.

And it can start as something as easy as easy as just you woke up one day and you just were feeling under the weather. So you, you start a warm up, just a little lazy and then that can really turn into a whole month of bad habits and then turn into even a mental block. Like it can, it can go that far and we can repeat ourselves over and over and over again. But until that athlete is willing to make that change, there’s really nothing that we can do at that point. We can work drills and we can, we can drill more good habits. Um, but if we are stepping away from that athlete and not doing drills, not doing spotting and they’re still continuing, continuing down that bad habit, then it’s up to the athlete at that point. You have to make that change.

And that’s why I always love getting young athletes who have never tumbled before cause then they have no bad habits. You can kind of mold that athlete however you want them, but that doesn’t happen a lot of the time. A lot of the time we’ll get kids coming in at 15 years old who have been with the same tumbling coach for a long time

or lots of tumbling coaches where they’re jumping from gym to gym, the gym.

But I did have a private last week who, she has a round off back handspring that’s been going sideways and she’s house to get a tech for tryouts. And I asked if her previous coach tried to fix that at all. And no, that wasn’t a priority. It was just trying to get the next skill. But then that athlete’s going to hit wall eventually and that’s where she’s out with her a tux cause she goes so sideways, it’s hard for her to get power to foot.

Well and then tulsa cheerleading, I coach for high school is never going to want to put that in a routine because then then you’re risking at hurting somebody else cause you’re tumbling into them getting to know someone else’s lane. Right, right. Another really bad habit is that I’ve seen for, for whatever reason, I don’t know who, well, I do know who has been teaching it. Um, but we, we see a lot of tall athletes who come in and for whatever reason they have the shortest round offs in the world. And so one, one thing that we always run into for athletes trying to break bad habits is that whenever we tell them how to fix it, they try and it feels really, really weird to them. It feels completely different. The tumbling doesn’t feel the same. Um, but that, that should not be, don’t let that discourage you as an athlete just because something feels different.

It should feel different. And especially if it’s something that is a bad habit because it’s something that is so subconscious, it doesn’t really feel like you do it. That if you do it correctly, it’s gonna feel wrong. That’s where I know a couple of times this week we had to work on round offs. People shoulders or arms being wider than their shoulders

on advanced athletes in it. Things, athlete

and athletes that I’ve worked with who that was never an issue, but because I haven’t had year round tumbling or for whatever reason, or they’re working with another team coach or whatever reason, they, they did it on accident and it wasn’t corrected then it does become a habit. It’s something that even realize so growing and rubber banding their hands and doing a round off and then round off back hands.

Then they’re like hesitant to even do that because they don’t trust themselves

and that is going to feel different. But once you get used to that, it is going to make growing in your tumbling a lot easier. So

when you’re here at justice tumbling company, you’ll hear us talk about good habits and bad habits. We want to make sure that every single time we tumble that it is to, uh, outweigh all the bad habits that we might have. Um, we work with a lot of younger kids and younger kids who, I mean, all they’re doing is just cartwheels around the house the entire day. Uh, and I tell their parents, you know, it’s great that they’re practicing their cartwheels. At home, we have to make sure that they’re doing it the right way though. So many times I’ve seen kids, even in our lobby, you know, they’re like just getting ready to leave and they’ll do a cartwheel and they’ll, they’ll start with their arms down and then they’ll, they’ll finish with their arms down and it’s just terrible technique, but they just love that flipping sensation. But if they’re doing that so many times at home, and then they have one hour here with us to fix, to try to fix it, it just, it doesn’t level itself out. It doesn’t come back to where we’re recreating those good habits. Rather we’re just reinforcing the bad ones when they go home. Yes. Tumbling. It should, yeah,

be fun. But you should always be tumbling with a purpose, with some goal in mind. Uh, like Holden said, trying to have the good tumbling days outweigh the bad and, Yep. So we talked about how long it takes to develop a bad habit or how to break a bad habit. Um, about on average, how many days does it take to instill a good habit?

Well Google, you know, the trusty old Google says 66 days is what it takes to, um, to start and, and keep a good habit. Um, that’s from start to finish. So if you are taking 21 days to break that bad habit, then it takes 66 more days to hold true to that good habit and then, and then make it worse, not even something you have to think about. So that’s a long process of it is

getting stuck in that bad habit. Um, so that’s why it’s important to out of young age in the basics, the fundamentals develop good habits so you don’t have to do the long process of breaking habits

and it’s a long, it’s a long process. Um, so, and we’ve gone over it before what to look for in a tumbling gem and an all star gym in gymnastics gyms. Just make sure that the gym that you’re going to is teaching the proper technique so you’re not having to come back as a, as an older athlete, high school athlete, having to fix a bunch of stuff. So just so you can make the varsity team.

Yes, it kids get burnt out or really bored having to go back and redo stuff or relearn stuff. But, um, if you have a bad habit, you have to eventually,

oh yeah. Yeah. You have to, you have to tackle it head on. So if you’re interested in finding out more about us justice tumbling company or Colton and rusty, you can visit our website, which is just as tumbling co.com.

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