Episode #75 – Arms By Your Ears

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 breath slur and we are the owners of justice tumbling company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. All right, rusty, I don’t know if I’m going to have to create a musical and sing it to get some of these, some of these athletes to understand the importance of it. Do I need to do that? I think so. I wasn’t expecting that. You weren’t supposed to say that because I don’t have anything prepared, but it’s something that

what our topic is today. It’s something we say probably a hundred times a hundred times a day. That’s just something kids here all the time and probably just at this point it goes in one ear and out the other, but that his arms by your ears. Oh my gosh.

The day we say it every day. And Tulsa tumbling lessons, some kids just get annoyed when they hear it. Now it’s like Resi side. It goes through one ear and out the other, but they continuously do around right there. Listen, there is absolutely zero reason to finish anything with your arms by your ears. If you’re training in a skill, maybe maybe finished round off back handspring. I’m like in a bugged position if you’re doing choreography, but we don’t do choreography. We’re not, we’re not a team. We only work on individuals on individual doubling and making you the best tumbler that you can be, period.

So when you hear arms by your ears, what we are talking about is staying inside your shoulders and everything. It should be inside your shoulders for round off, for backhand spring for setting. You never want to set in a high V or a t position, God forbid. Or same thing with the round off around offing way wider than your shoulders. That’s going to cause injuries. Hyperextending elbows, um, back handsprings wide, wide, wide arms, fingertips out. Um, you’ll do them. You’ll be able to get a backhand spring like that. Um, but you’re going to lose a lot of power. And when moving on to a harder skills, that little bit of power could be the one thing that’s killing your new skill.

And the worst excuse that I’ve heard about, um, that is, is that, oh, well, I, I it, my arms just do it. I can’t, I can’t control it. That is, that is ridiculous. Like I know it’s a habit. It’s your body. You are in control of your body. You can make those changes. You can, and I, and I can show you by telling you to touch your nose. Oh Wow. You touched your nose. You, you are in control of your body. You can do that. You can make those changes, make those changes because it will, it will make a world of difference for you. As soon as you get those arms up as, as weird as it might feel because you, it’s been so different than what you’ve been doing. Once you get those arms up, your backhand springs will feel so much better. Your Tux will feel so much better.

Your layouts will feel so much better. Your fulls will feel so much better. Uh, even, um, you hack everything just, and it’s not even, it doesn’t even, it’s not even limited to tumbling. Um, even stunting, having your arms by your ears, keeping your body from your wrist to your shoulders, to your elbows, to your shoulders, all the way down your spine to your hips and then through your legs as a straight line. You are so much stronger that way. Um, I, you, I’ve seen you do the illustration where like the kids will lock out their arms and you like push down on their hands to show them how much stronger they are that way. Um, it’s, it’s a perfect representation.

Same thing. It’s just comes down to strength. Some kids just don’t have any shoulder strength. So if I have a kid stand there and just put their arms or their years and then I put my hands in between their arms and try to pull them away from their ears. Some kids can’t have any, won’t have any resistance, they just don’t have the muscle built up.

What’s something that they can do to build up muscle? I know we do it all the time, but what’s something, uh, that our listeners can do?

Tulsa tumbling lessons, there’s a lot of things you can do. There’s a rubber band work. You can definitely use rubber bands and you’re getting a hold the handstands, that’s the big one. Yeah. Whenever you holding your handstands correctly, making sure you’re not holding handstands wider than your shoulders and fingertips out. You’ll be surprised how many times when we do that, kids will kick up into the handstand the same exact way they’re doing the backhand spring or the round off. Right? Yeah.

And, and, and making sure your head stays in, not out, um, that, that changes your, the curve on your spine whenever cause you’re headed. Did you know your head is connected to your spine through your neck? It is, and I know the more you know it, see, I ended up singing anyway. Tulsa tumbling lessons, uh, the, the straighter your spine is, the more structurally sound you are, um, in everything you do. So remember that arms by your ears. We cannot stress it enough. Uh, there are, like you said, the handstands holding those kids would come into our gym for the first time and they were like, what’s all this about handstands? Like, dude, I, I’m working, I’m working layouts or I’m working fulls. Why are you having me do handstands, Bro? Well, it’s because handstands are important. Keeping those arms in your shoulders, not letting those arms go out. It is perfect training for the, the right backhand spring, the right set, the right everything.

Yes, when we get down to setting, yeah, you’ll see it all the time and settings setting in a high v or setting in a muscle man position, like flexing their muscles. Um, it all comes down to just staying inside your shoulders. If your arms are by years setting inside those shoulders, you’re going to be shocked at how much height you actually get into your tower.

The sheer power. It’s just incredible. So we’ve, we did a podcast on a choreography versus, Tulsa tumbling lessons, versus technique a couple of days ago. And that was, we were talking about like stunt tete technique and we know in stunt the sport, um, that tumbling, they want you to round off in a high v. Now we’ve mentioned that that’s going against what, what we talk about as far as good technique in round offs. But, um, even though they, you do that in stunt, we would still highly recommend that you train to keep your arms by your ears because that’s gonna make you a much stronger tumbler. Um, like we said, the sheer power that it, that it, that it gives you, um, is it’s miles inches feel like miles. And we’ve talked about that before too, that whenever you do go an inch in the right direction, it feels like a mile in the right direction.

You will be able to get skills with wide arms, but it’s always going to feel uncomfortable. You’re always going to be losing a little bit of power, right?

Use more muscle to get over and it’s gonna make you tired. I think. I think the the best part of being a coach, um, and and on this topic anyway, arms by your ears, it’s whenever I tell a kid, just keep your arms up, your arms are there by your ears in the middle of your back hand, spring when your hands are down, just keep them there and then they do it. And like before they even land their tuck or their layout or whatever it is, they, they have this huge smile on their face because they realize, they realize the difference, they realize how much it just helped them and they’re not tired.

And if you are doing wide arms in your round offer, your backhand spring, you might not be feeling it yet, but injuries happen over time. So if you’re continuously hitting the ground, putting that much force in your elbows on your round off or your backhand spring cause it’s wide down the line that you, you’re probably going to be feeling it. So when you’re getting ready for college or anything like that, then you start running into all these aches and pains you’re already going to be getting because they’re getting older anyways. But with that incorrect technique, you’re going to be feeling it a lot more.

It’s so with that, we’re going to challenge you. Tulsa tumbling lessons, you can do it at our gym or you can do it at your house, but I want you to go and kick up to the wall for a handstand. That means keeping your heels on the wall, but nothing else. Nothing else should touch the wall. So you’re in this hand. Stand your, your, your fingertip should be about a foot away from the wall and then using the wall. Yes. Fingertips facing the wall. And uh, I want you to hold that handstand for 10 or 15 seconds. Okay, no big deal. Then I want you to, does it come down right? And then move those arms about an inch or two out from where they were when that those arms are by your ears and see how much harder it is to hold. And then Stan come back down and then go another inch.

So see you every inch. It feels like it’s taking, um, miles of like muscle away and uh, and, and it’s just going to make, it’s going to be exhausting. Generally have our athletes holding it in sales for about a minute. Tulsa tumbling lessons, if you’re in the wired handstand position is going to feel like the longest minute of your life. Well, and not only is it going to be exhausting, but you’re going to feel pain and your elbows and your shoulders. I know for a fact that if you and I had wood like tried it, we might be able to hold it, but uh, for a little bit, but it’s going to be painful. It’s, it’s, it’s not the right technique. Um, so with that, remember keeping your arms by your ears. You are in control. You have you ever used rubber bands to hold kids arms by their ears? Four cartwheels round off back handsprings where they’re running with their arms.

They, they’re running like with their arms by their ears. They, it looks super silly, but it’s, it’s, it is for a purpose because with the rubber band, sometimes we’ll be stretching enough to where you can go outside your shoulders a little bit. But if you are pulling that aren’t, you’re going to feel it in the rubber bands, rubber bands going to let you know that you’re going in that wide. So just remember keeping those arms by your ears, you are in control of your body and you can make those changes. Um, whether you believe you can or not, I promise you you can. So if you’re interested in finding out more about us justice tumbling company or Colin Rusty, you can check out our website. It’s just as tumbling coach.com or you can find us on Facebook and Instagram. And if you have a Google account, real love it. If you left us and objective Google review to let us know how we’re doing, we will see you next time on Tulsa tumble. Talk

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