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How your Body Balances

  
Nov 2017


First Published: , Edited: Monday 13-Nov-2017 10:09 PM
Author: Gary Black

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What is your body's centre of mass?

If you were to cut yourself in half perfectly down the middle, from the top of your head to your bottom, then each half would have the same weight (unless you only have one arm or something). Now imagine this in 3 directions, front on, side on, and across the middle.

The Centre of Mass for your body is the point where the weight of each of the 3 planes is equal.

      Handstand - x Plane        Handstand - y Plane        Handstand - z Plane 

What is the Base of Support?

The area in contact with the object you are balancing on. The bigger the base of support, the easier it is to balance.

      Balancing - Big base of support        Balancing - Small base of support 

If you keep your centre of mass directly above the middle of your base of support it is easiest to balance. When you are off centre, you need additional strength to hold the position. The further off centre, the more strength required.




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About the Author

Gary Black

Advanced Silver Mens Gymnastics Coach, Intermediate Womens Gymnastics Coach, Intermediate Kindergym Coach.

Gary began running gymnastics programs in schools in 2003. Initially as a casual staff member with another company, whilst studing teaching at Deakin University; and quickly becoming one of their managers. Gary went on to own what was the sole Victorian franchise of that company.

Whilst with that company, under Gary's leadership, Victorian customers enjoyed quality, reliability, flexibility, and understanding.

In mid 2014, to be able to better service the changing needs of schools, Gary decided to move away from a restrictive franchised business, and started Gymnastics 4 Hire, determined to keep the high standards that customers had come to enjoy, and to provide a service specifically tailored to the customers needs.



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