From the article: How can I beat a gymnastics mental block?
Almost all gymnasts get mental blocks from time to time on skills. How have you gotten over the fear? Share Your Advice
- at the moment I am terrified of doing two flicks what I do is get the coaches to stand off track so I don't worry myself then once I have done one, without stopping I just throw my self over with the coach jumping on after my first flick
- —Guest lily
Scared of beam!!
- I am terrified or doing a backwalkover backhandspring I don't know why I want to do it but I won't . Get someone to award u when you do skills I'm almost there and I gets new Leo when I do just stack up mats and lower then when u feel confutable hope it helps
- —Guest Kelsi
Just do it
- I use to be afraid of my double front and still am I did it perfect a few times then I had so much power and like did this roll thing I thought I did something really wrong but I'm ok I still can't get over it
- —Guest Jenny
- Well I was doing front layouts from the tumble track onto a mat. My coach told me to twist so I kept getting these things in my brain and then I would throw my self off the tumbletrack onto the mat. I did that twice. After that, I was scared to do my front tuck and my roundoff backhandspring backtuck cuz I was afraid my brain was going to do that weird spazzy thing again. I made a huge deal about it and one practice, I got enough adrenalin going and my body just did my front tuck. I was so happy. My advise is to think about it in a good way but then when the negitive thoughts start coming, stop thinking about it. This worked for me and I am still working on getting my roundoff backhandspring backtuck back, but hopefully I will be back to normal :)
- —Guest Kira
Just Do It
- I'm a trampolinist and I find that the best way to get over a mental block is to just NOT THINK about what you're doing, only about how to do it. So if you're doing a double back, for example, don't think: OH MY GOSH I'M ABOUT TO FLIP OVER BACKWARDS TWICE IN THE AIR, just think: I need to bounce high, tuck tightly, flip fast, and point my toes.
- —Guest Holly
- I'm going through a mental block right now on my back walkover on beam. I used to have it, but just a few days ago I suddenly stopped going for it! State's this weekend, and I really want to get it back for that. Is there a way to get it back quickly? I used to have trouble with going for my flyaways. I just wouldn't let go. For me, what helped was starting small. I had my coach spot me on low bar, and then I did it in the pit. Finally, I was doing my flyaway again. This might work for you, too! :) If you have a similar situation, just know that you're not alone, and that you WILL get through this. :) I know we both will.
- —Guest Ubby (nickname)
Getting over mental blocks
- I am a level five gymnast and for the longest time I was scared of a backhand spring, one time I heard somewhere that if you totally relax and sit and imagine yourself doing your skill or routine or whatever it is perfect like 10 times in a row once a day after a couple of weeks you can do it!! Another thing is tell yourself outloud I can do this just!! before you do your skill and even through out the day helps a ton!!
- —Guest Liziguana
- mental blocks suck and everyone knows it. Usually a mental block starts out of stress. for example if you r a level 7 and you have your walkover handspring on the high beam the u sudenly get scared of the backhandspring or the connection then it ur mental block slowlyy can spread it make effect your floor like you r scared to do the roundoff habdspring you just have to trust your self and it may help if you have a video of yourself doing it. I sadly have this wish me luck:)
- —Guest JUlia
Just do it
- You just have to think of getting through it. Picture yourself doing what you want. Get advice and help don't worry you will get it. It might take a lot if practice but you will get it
- —Guest Sophia
- A few months ago I got my backhandspring connection on beam then all of a sudden I couldn't do it anymore and now I can't even do it without a spot. Now that I have this one mental block I feel like I'm getting more and more. I have lost my layout full and my yur chenko on vault. The weirdest part is I don't really get why I'm so scared. It's nice knowing that your not the only one who has trouble fighting your mind. I think another thing is that you have to plan on doing the skill way ahead of time
- —Guest Maya
- I used to be really shaky on beam but after sticking all of my skills in a meet i was less shaky but still scared. So when my coach told me that my skills were awesome in the last meet i just needed to work on my presentation and smiling so i went through my whole routine smiling and keeping my head ul and sure enough ive been sticking them :)
- —Guest Macy (gymnast)
I aslo have blocks
- I also have blocks on back tumbling and it has been over a year since i was going through a no block phase. My blocks usually spread to other skills and other events so it's hard to get through. It's not that I'm scared either but i just won't go, again nothing really helps. I've learned to try and work around it, but if i want to improve and perhaps do it on the collegiate level, i need some advice on how to get rid of them for good
- —Guest Kendall
I need help over coming my fear!
- I was a beautiful tumbler. I'm an acrobat, and I used to back-handsprings, back tucks, fulls, tumbling passes, handspring step outs, and back aerials. Then one day I got on my trampoline to practice for the dance competition, and I tried a cartwheel handspring step out. I did it 2 times then I was so scared to do it again. I lost all of my backward skils, except for back walkovers and contortion. I used to cry and cry about how I wish I could still do it. I NEED ADVICE, PLEASE! I'm trying so hard to overcome it, but I can't.
- —Guest Alyssa
I'm scared of beam!
- I'm so scared of beam for some reason! I always have a mental block for something! I am currently a level 4 gymast, and people of higher levels will laugh, but I'm terrified to do my dismount! (Side handstand, twist. I think it's also the level 5 dismount. USAG.) It's terrible! My coaches will spot my 100 times, but when they make me do it on my own, I don't make it. I can sometimes make it at competitions, but I'm always scared about it. Usually at meets, the beams are alot lower than the ones I practice on, and that's usually why I can SOMETIMES make it when I compete. My dismount is worth 1.1 in points. (5 tenths for the fall, and 6 tenths for a missing element) When I don't make it, I ususally get in the 7s! I also get kinda scared of handstands, but all my fear is only on high beam. On low beam, I have an amazing, all the way up handstand, a great dismount, and a great leap, but for some reason, high beam scares me so much! Can someone please help me. Respond!
- —Guest Gymnast
- For a long time ive been scared of my back handspring. I woild always tell my coach i cant or i wont. She said it was because i was scared of my self. So i decided to build up self confidence by doing it with a light spot so that it feel like you r doing by yourself. Then have the caoch pull their hands away but still stand next to you. It works!!!! You wont belive the results! I had my back handspring the very next time i hit the gym. Rember you have to be in the right mind set! Think happy thoughts and push the bad ones to the back. You cant let them run your life!!!!!!
- —Guest Jenisse
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