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Nick Ruddock Shares His Best Uneven Bar Methods for Giants, Flyaways, and Cast Handstands

Today on the podcast, we have a fan favorite, my good buddy, Nick Roddock is back on the show, and holy moly, are people gonna want to listen to this episode.

Former British Junior National Coach, Nick is now a high-performance consultant who has worked with over 22 nations around the world from club all the way up to the Olympic level.

I always love picking Nick’s brain as he is a wealth of gymnastic technical knowledge.  

Today we focus specifically on bars which is the apparatus people really struggle with because of how unique it is compared to the other events.

Nick has created a fantastic system that works through basic principles for coaches to think about when teaching skills on bars.

As well as this he has phenomenal drills and a way to translate drills into successful skills. 

  • We discuss:
  • Why stripping away a program is as good as adding things in.
  • 5 principles you need to teach fantastic bars.
  • How to master a perfect swing on bars.
  • The fastest way to improve bars.
  • Nicks’s top tips to get your kip.
  • The secret to mastering giants. 
  • What is best, a straight body or a straddle giant?
  • Should you tap over the bar? And…
  • How to build confident dismounts.

Also remember, if you are a gymnastics coach who wants to learn ALL of Nicks best drills and progressions for giants, flyaways, and cast handstands, he is giving two fantastic lectures for the 2023 SHIFT Symposium along with 20 other speakers discussing beam flight, beam jumps/leaps, choreography, floor connection tumbling, vault yurhenkos, mental blocks, culture, and much more! You can check it all out here,

The 2023 SHIFT Symposium – A 3 Day Virtual Gymnastics Conference

Nick Ruddock Shares His Best Uneven Bar Methods for Giants, Flyaways, and Cast Handstands

Remember that our second Shift Symposium will be in June, and after last year’s successful Symposium we can’t wait to bring you 3 Separate Days of Gymnastics Medical, Gymnastics Coaching (split WAG and MAG tracks), and Gymnastics Strength & Conditioning information.

That’s over 30 Hours of Gymnastics Lectures and live Q&As From Expert Speakers.

We will be revealing our expert speakers once a week and if you haven’t guessed already, Nick Ruddock is our first Expert Speaker giving two bar lectures on circle skills & inbar elements and giants & dismounts.

For more information check out the website:



Hope it helps!

– Dave

Dr. Dave Tilley DPT, SCS, CSCS
CEO/Founder of SHIFT Movement Science