1/12/15 – The Power of Reverse engineering

The other night in wheel class I had a powerful reminder of the effectiveness of starting at the end. Whenever attacking a problem, it is important to try and tackle it from different directions. You have to surprise your problems so they can’t get their guard up. Often when something if not working in German Wheel, it is due to bad habits. One of the most effective methods I have found for breaking down these patterns is to disrupt the trick: do it slow, stop in one moment, or my favorite, the ever trusty reverse engineer. This last one is my focus for today’s blog.


This doesn’t work for every trick but is useful more often than you may think. One of the crazy things about German wheel is that it is a circle. J That means that often a trick you do forwards can be done backwards. This is extremely useful when you want to focus on the final moments of an element. The most recent example was the other night when a student of mine was having difficulty supporting herself at the end of a split bridge. By getting her into position then rolling backwards into the bridge, we were able to focus on that moment without having the distractions of everything she would have had to focus on if we had been doing the trick forwards. I also find this technique quite useful when working on pushup backwards into freehand. I like to think about the optical illusion with the woman’s face and the musician (click here to see what I mean )depending on what you are focused on changes what you see. Wheel can be like that and sometimes it is important to disrupt your patterns so you can see something you may otherwise have missed.

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