Many coaches train gymnasts to use methods such as visualization to help them visualize a technique or movement before they actually physically try it. This helps the gymnasts determine exact body placement, as well as how fast they should be moving to successfully complete the task. To make things easiest it is necessary to take this up a notch and use several steps working together to make the visualization process much simpler and help your own little gymnast learn the skills much easier.
The first step is always stopping and relaxing. People are not able to learn as easily if they are stressed out no matter what they are trying to do. Relax and breathe deeply to let the tension go. Once you feel the stress melting away and have taken several deep breathes you can move along.
Your next step is going to imagine your self performing the technique flawlessly. How do you look? What did you do? What was the reaction of the crowd? What was the reaction of your coach? How did you feel while you were doing the position? What were your hands doing? What about your feet? Did you feel comfortable in your mind? All of these details will help you determine exactly what your body should do and when to achieve the best result.
Next, you need to step back from yourself in your mind and visualize yourself doing the technique several times. This allows you to have a stadium seat in your head and really get a good view of your body. Watching the technique several times will allow you to quickly learn how your body should be placed and where you should be in relation to everyone around you and how your entire body should be in relation to other parts of your body.
Your next step will be to actually try the new technique. You should have visually run through the entire process several times in your head at this point and should be well versed in what you are doing. Without this knowledge and intimate idea about how your own body should react, you would be much further behind. However, using your own knowledge from your imagination as you performed the technique continuously will help you to achieve the best result possible the first time.
While your initial physical attempt may not go as smoothly as you like, continuously practicing will allow you to discover the best results possible. In order to truly achieve the success that you want, you can continue visualizing and repeating to actually try the technique until you get the result that you ultimately want for your entire routine.
The idea that practice makes perfect goes along perfectly with this technique. By carefully studying and analyzing, any mistakes that you make you can focus your visualization on these aspects to continuously improve your movements until you have found the perfect technique for your actual physical performance.
Of course, if you have any questions you should ask your coach. You may not realize you have any questions until you visualize the move and notice that it looks different. If you see anything either in physical movements or in your visualization that does not quite look right, ask questions to ensure that you know exactly what you are working towards. You cannot achieve perfection if you are too shy to ask questions so feel free to ask.
You should notice that by using visualization techniques you are able to achieve greater results much quicker than if you simply practiced the same moves over and over again. While physically practicing the moves is essential to mastering them, it is also important to be able to visualize and understand exactly how your body should move. Combining the two techniques together will have you sailing through moves in no time and mastering techniques and tricks quite quickly. In time, you will come to always use the mediation techniques to help you master each and every technique.