Books

There are many books about learning gymnastic skills and some of them are very good, but I find that most of these books are too detailed. A lot of these books require that you know the bio-mechanics of the human body. Skill explanations are so detailed that they use 2-3 pages to describe a certain stage of skill. For the most part you are reading more then actually performing the skill. I want to change that.

The books I have written all have detailed illustrations divided into stages. Instead of lengthy text describing each state, I use key points with short descriptive text. This allows you to have the book next to you when performing the skill and quickly look-up and see what you need to do to perform the skill or correct it.

This book series is called “Basics” which cover skills that all gymnasts should be able to perform. All the books in the “Basics” series are also designed with exercises that can be done at home or the the gym. 

I hope you all enjoy these books and I would appreciate feed-back. If you would like to help translate the book into another language then please contact me at: marino.peter@gmail.com

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Peter Wraae Marino

backwalkoverbasics

This book is a great starting place to for gaining an understanding of how to perform a back walkover. It is designed for use in the gym or at home, by coaches, parents, and gymnasts.

The back walkover is a basic gymnastics skill that will ease your transition to more difficult skills, such as the back handspring. The back walkover might look difficult, but if you have good shoulder and hip flexibility and can hold yourself in a handstand using a wall then you are already 90% done. The last 10% is learning the technique needed to perform the walkover. With that said, this book will also cover the basic stretching routines you should work on to improve your shoulder and hip flexibility.

The exercises in this book will help you progressively develop your technique for executing a correct back walkover.

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shoulderbasics

This book is a great starting point for improving your shoulder flexibility. It is designed for use in the gym or at home, and for coaches, parents, and gymnasts.

Shoulder flexibility is important for many different skills, such as walkovers, handstands, bridges, front handsprings and back handsprings. Having good shoulder flexibility will allow you to execute these skills with ease, while bad shoulder flexibility will usually make the skills more difficult to learn. In many cases, the lack of shoulder flexibility results in incorrect technique.

The lack of shoulder flexibility becomes very evident in gymnasts at higher levels, where many of the skills require great flexibility. Achieving the necessary flexibility at the higher levels require a lot of work and can be frustrating. That’s why you should start working on shoulder flexibility from the day you step foot in a gym. This book covers the most common stretches to increase shoulder flexibility, and many can be included in your warm-up routine.

 

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splitsbasics

This book is a great starting place to gain an understanding of how to perform splits. It is designed for use in the gym or at home, and for coaches, parents, and gymnasts.

Splits are all about flexibility, and it takes a great deal of training to become flexible enough to execute them. This flexibility is achieved by doing different types of stretches that focus on the hamstrings, quadriceps, thighs, and hip flexors. Your warm-up will include a lot of stretching exercises that will help you become flexible enough to execute splits.

Splits are used not only in gymnastics but also in dancing, cheerleading, martial arts, synchronized swimming, and more.

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This book is a great starting place to gain an understanding of how to perform a headstand. It is designed for use in the gym or at home, and for coaches, parents, and gymnasts.

The headstand is one of the easier gymnastics skills that you can learn. There are no skills to master before starting learning to do a headstand. The exercises in this book are ordered so you steadily progress toward doing a freestanding headstand.

Let’s begin your journey into learning about headstands and the basic skills required to execute them.

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This book is a great starting place to gain an understanding of how to perform cartwheels. This book is designed for use in the gym or at home, and for coaches, parents, and gymnasts.

Topics in this book include exercises for beginners. If you can already perform do a cartwheel but have certain problems executing it, this book will help you with exercises focusing on specific aspects of the cartwheel.

Let’s begin your journey into learning about cartwheels and the basic skills required to execute them.

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balancebasics

Balance is often a frequently overlooked skill. Some people think balance is something only women should work on because it is required on the balance beam. Nothing could be further from the truth. Balance is a skill that all gymnasts should work on. A tumbler needs balance when landing and executing certain skills; a trampoline jumper needs balance each time he or she lands and takes off on the trampoline. There is not a single gymnastic sport that does not require balance in some form.

This book is a great starting place to get an understanding of the basic types of balance a gymnast should master. This book is designed for use in the gym or at home, and for coaches, parents, or gymnasts.

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handstandbasics

My name is Peter Wraae Marino, and I have been teaching gymnastics for more than 25 years. I am often asked what the most important skill a gymnast should master. I always answer “The handstand.” Sooner or later, you will be doing a handstand in just about every event. Many other skills, such as handsprings and cartwheels, contain a hidden handstand. Mastering the handstand will certainly make learning other skills easier and will help to reduce the learning curve.

This handbook contains basic handstand exercises, all of which can be done at home or the gym. The exercises are written in order so you will steadily progress toward a perfect freestanding handstand.

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gardentrampolinebasicsl

Garden trampolines are excellent for learning basic trampoline skills at home. In this handbook you will learn the fundamental skills needed for the trampoline, such as tuck, pike, straddle, seat drops, back drops and much more. The handbook contains chapters as diverse as: safety, body positions, warm ups, skills, and challenges. With topics including: arm circles, straight jumps, tuck position, pike position, straddle position, seat drops, back drops, and front drops.

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This book is also available in Danish (Book, eBook)

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