So recently, we’ve been making our upper level competitors perform Arch Ups every day. They’ve been doing this for the past month or so. In the beginning, it used to be a little harder for them, but now they are doing lots of repetitions with ease. We believe that this one exercise will greatly improve their kickouts, especially for their backwards somersaults. Everyone always talks about core, or engaging your core, so it’s sorta getting old. But for trampoline & gymnastics, you really do need strong lumbar muscles. The lower back muscles are the primary ones being activated when an athlete opens for a kick-out for a back-tuck or back-pike. Hopefully this will add some explosiveness to their routines!