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Wheel Gymnastics Academy

WHEEL GYMNASTICS:

FROM BEGINNER TO WORLD CHAMPION

written by Cheyenne Rechsteiner

The book is designed for both beginners and advanced gymnasts and coaches. After the introduction, exercises in straightline, vault and spiral are discussed in detail. The technical descriptions are supported by illustrations and videos and spotting techniques are shown whenever helpful. Exercises are classified into different levels and exemplary routines illustrate possible combinations. Additionally, flexibility and strength programs for wheel gymnastics are introduced.

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About the Author

Cheyenne Rechsteiner

from Switzerland

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My love for wheel gymnastics started in 2001 when I first experienced the sport at the opening ceremony of the World Championships in Liestal, Switzerland. The interplay of body control, strength and aesthetics inspires me to this day.

Shortly after the World Championships, I started wheel gymnastics myself at a local club in Birsfelden. I enjoyed learning new elements, practicing routines and finally presenting what I had learned in competitions. It soon became clear that I wanted to practice the sport competitively and my path led me to Zurich. There, I benefited from a lot of know-how, improved my technique and learned advanced elements.

After participating in two World Championships in the junior category, I started to invest even more time in wheel gymnastics and complemented my training in Zurich with additional training sessions in Liestal. My commitment led to successful participations in four World Championships in the senior category.

Altogether, I won two world championship titles, five runner-up titles and eight bronze medals. After the World Championships in Magglingen I decided to pass my knowledge to the next generation and started coaching in Liestal. I enjoy working as a coach, but I am also aware that only a small number of gymnasts can benefit from my knowledge this way. Therefore, I decided to write this book.

It summarizes my knowledge from 20 years of involvement in wheel gymnastics and shows the path from beginner to world champion step by step. My hope is to reach many gymnasts and coaches and make a significant contribution to the development of this great sport.

Finally, I would like to emphasize that wheel gymnastics should be fun and that the focus should not lie on rivalry but rather on personal development. Every single training session presents an opportunity to acquire lifelong skills such as self-confidence, initiative, perseverance and dealing with success and failure. No one goes through life without obstacles. But those who repetitively go beyond their limits and find ways to overcome challenges will be successful in the long term. Therefore, wheel gymnastics is not only a great hobby, but also a valuable investment for the future.

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Athlete Development

The following athlete development model shows the ideal path of a wheel gymnast towards international success.
It is based on the four key levels basics, beginner, advanced and elite, which in turn are divided into subgroups. It makes sense to first learn the basic gymnastics movements in regular gymnastics classes, before gym-wheel-specific training takes place. Alternatively, a gymnast can directly enter the beginner level and learn the basic gymnastics movements in parallel.
The difficulty level of the exercises is continuously increased and new elements are only introduced when the fundamentals have already been acquired. The three disciplines straightline, vault and spiral are also synchronized with one another, thus a gymnast should ideally be training at the same level in each discipline. The following table gives an overview of the content of the levels.

Basics I

• Acquisition of fundamental gymnastics skills • E.g.: Front roll, back roll, handstand

Basics II

• Consolidation of fundamental gymnastics skills • E.g.: Jump roll, back roll to handstand

Level 1

• Straightline: Basic elements in bindings • Vault: Mounting and flight phase I

Level 2

• Straightline: Basic elements without bindings • Vault: Mounting and flight phase II

Level 3

• Straightline / Spiral: Easy elements
• Vault: Mounting and flight phase III, tuck front somersault

Level 4

• Straightline / Spiral: Moderately difficult elements • Vault: Pike front somersault, tuck back somersault

Level 5

• Straightline / Spiral: Relatively difficult elements
• Vault: Straight front/back somersault, pike front somersault with 1/2 turn

Elite

• Straightline / Spiral: Difficult elements
• Vault: Straight front/back somersault with 1/2 turn

Elite Plus

• Straightline / Spiral: Very difficult elements
• Vault: Straight front/back somersault with 1/1 turn

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Basics 1 | Side stand

Technique

The starting position is the side stand on the boards with the arms held to the sides. By shifting the body’s center of gravity to the side, the gymnast sets the wheel in motion. In order to keep the body’s center of gravity above the feet, the gymnast must bend the knee that is located against the current rolling direction. During the subsequent knee extension, she can apply pressure on the board and intensify the swing. As soon as the wheel swings high enough, she can briefly touch the closer stride rung with the closer hand.

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