How to Overcome Tumbling Fears (Or Any Mental Blocks) in Gymnastics

(Also Cheerleaders)

Looking to Take Your Gymnastics Routines to the Next Level?

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


Gymnastics blocks are common, at all levels - but since the 90's, I have used hypnosis to help release fear and improve results.

Fear is just a natural self-protection mechanism, which can occur during back handsprings, back tucks, back walk overs, on the beam, fly way dismounts from the bar, and the list goes on - plus 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). During that time, mental training - the easiest, most convenient and affordable of all options available - has achieved consistently excellent results in this area.

Sadly motivation or pep talks do not help tumbling fears and mental blocks - as they are an unconscious, or sub-conscious, reaction.

Consistency only returns by dealing with the fears at the very source - the subconscious mind.

Gymnastics Program

Mind Training for Gymnastics
Beat Tumbling Fear
MP3 Download

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

Personalized Recordings also Available

Cheerleaders MP3 Download

(same inclusions as above)

Other methods will 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 anxiety in tumbling and reverse movements, and even the most difficult elements, skills and routines (and also in cheerleading).

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 areas such as backwards tumbling passes - eg. back handsprings - as well as other elements, routines, skills, confidence - not to mention cause emotional distress, anxiety and slumps in form.

Most often, negative thoughts simply create fear - which prevents gymnasts reaching their highest levels. Tumbling blocks, along with most other gym issues, 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 elements, routines, tumbling passes etc which it stores in the memory bank, which the body accesses during actual physical performance.

Both gymnasts and cheerleaders usually find these methods work extremely powerfully at releasing common tumbling fears and anxiety, when the mental training process is used on a regular basis.

Being a hypnotherapist working with many gymnasts, I eventually found audio recordings delivered the most consistent results, mainly due to the repetition required to fully dissolve the core issues at the source.

It has shown to generally be the most practical, effective and affordable method (such as mp3 programs on this page, or personalized recordings targeting advanced issues), otherwise a string of private consultations can also be helpful.

Importantly, they help to overturn the fears at the very source, and replace them with renewed hope and confidence - yes, 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 regain the confidence to perform their back handsprings or other routines that were troubling them. It also becomes an extremely positive reinforcement of the gymnasts own inner strength, when they overcome the fears 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 and results.

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 of any kind - such as 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."

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