How to Overcome Tumbling Fears in Gymnastics - with Mental Training

(Also Cheerleaders)

Do You, Or Your Child, Experience Mental Blocks During Reverse Tumbling Movements, such as Back Handsprings or Back Tucks?

Or Need to Revert to Having a Spot for Routines?


Fear is a natural self-protection mechanism, which can occur during back handsprings, back tucks, back walk overs, on the beam, or fly way dismounts from the bar - and often after a fall.

The past few decades - gymnasts, cheerleaders, coaches and parents contacted me each week about these issues (including re-building confidence after injuries or falls), and the good news is - during that time, mental training - which is the easiest, most convenient and affordable of all options available - has achieved consistently excellent results in this area.

Tumbling fears are unable to be overcome by motivation or pep talks, no matter how much you try - as these mental blocks are a totally unconscious, or sub-conscious, reaction.

Consistent results only come by dealing with these fears at the very source - the subconscious mind.

Gymnastics Program

Mind Training for Gymnastics MP3 Download
Beat Tumbling Fear

Includes Complimentary Extras valued $75:
* 'Bedtime' version
* 'Sleep Subliminal'
* Motivational
* 1 Year Unconditional Warranty

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Cheerleaders MP3 Download

(same inclusions as above)

Other methods only create temporary improvement - because they do not work at the very core, or control panel, of the body's movement.

Mental training, using a potent combination of visualization and hypnosis, has shown to give gymnasts the inner confidence and belief to conquer the anxiety and achieve the most difficult elements, skills and routines (in gymnastics and cheerleading), such as tumbling and reverse movements.

The best gymnastic performances are performed on 'auto-pilot' (a mental state commonly called 'The Zone' - which delivers the highest possible standard of performance) which allows movements to flow easily, effortlessly and naturally.

The subconscious mind controls this process.

However, gymnasts know only too well that if they dwell on their previous failed attempts, doubts, worries, fears and negative thoughts - these often prevent this auto-pilot process from working properly.   These can often sabotage backwards tumbling passes such as back handsprings - as well as other elements, routines, skills, confidence - and cause emotional distress, anxiety and slumps in form.

Most often, negative thoughts simply create fear - which prevents them from being at their absolute best. Tumbling blocks can be overcome using a combination of mental training methods - such as visualization, positive affirmations and hypnotic suggestion, which target the fear at the very source.

Visualization involves regularly, and vividly imagining yourself successfully sticking tumbling passes, while positive affirmations or hypnotic suggestion work at releasing the anxiety deep at the subconscious level, while you are in a relaxed state.

While gymnasts or cheerleaders may struggle with the mental block to physically practice these moves, the same does not apply to the mental side. The imagination easily creates a range of powerful images of successful tumbling passes, which it stores in the memory bank, which the body accesses during actual physical performance.

As the mental training process works most effectively when used on a regular basis, audio recordings created by a hypnotherapist tend to be the most practical, effective and affordable method (such as mp3 programs shown on this page), mainly due to the repetition required to fully dissolve the core issue at the source.  Otherwise a string of private consultations can also be helpful.

With mental training, both gymnasts and cheerleaders usually find these methods work extremely powerfully at releasing tumbling fears and anxiety.

Importantly, they help to overturn the fears at the very source, and replace them with renewed hope and confidence - even for gymnasts who are on the verge of giving it all away in frustation (which happens a lot).

Both gymnasts and cheerleaders generally find they gradually gain the confidence to perform their back handsprings or routines that were troubling them. It also becomes an extremely positive reinforcement of the gymnasts own inner strength, when they are able to overcome the fear themselves - using their own mental skills.

Mind Training Benefits

Mental Training Benefits:

* Regaining Confidence after injury, falls, slumps in belief

* Increased Belief in Ability to perform tumbling or difficult movements

* Stronger Emotional Control - overcoming nerves, anxiety, negative thinking, self sabotage, criticism, or emotional upsets

* Less Reliance on a Spot for difficult elements

* Vastly Stronger Gymnastic (or Cheer) Performances - and results

* Increased Consistency / Concentration in performance, in both practice drills and competition

As the fear slowly dissolves and disappears, mental attitude begins to reflect a new confidence, and expectation of success and inner belief - firstly during training drills and then flowing into competitive performance.

Of course, there are also many other areas of gymnastic-related performance which do not involve backwards tumbling, and so customized recordings or therapy are often more effective for these issues than a generic program, where it is tailored to their exact issues, fears and personal situation.

Regardless, mental blocks with backwards tumbling passes usually requires some form of attention in order to attend to them, as they have generally shown not to disappear simply through the passing of time.


Mental Training / Hypnosis Programs
by Craig Townsend - Mental Trainer / Clinical Hypnotherapist

"I didnt even know these recordings existed, but they were our last hope. She especially loved going to sleep to the subliminal, and has since turned it all around and the problem has disappeared."

For more information on the mp3 downloads specifically designed for this (or custom recordings created to exact needs), please see Product Info