How to Do a Back Giant




This instructables is about how to do a giant on highbar. It is a basic gymnastic skill and is worth an A in the code of skills. There are two basic types of giants, front and back. They vary in the direction traveled and the hand grip. There are diffent varieties of each type, such as L grip, mixed grip, german giants, and one arm giants. This instructable will only cover the basics. I may cover the others in later instructables.

Disclaimer: I am not a certified coach and I am not liable for anything that happens to you as a result of these instructions. I have not been injured by them but you may be.

A general warning: these photos are of me several years ago and as such I do not have good form.

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Step 1: Requirements

You must be in good shape and capable of  doing a variety of swings and able to get ontop of the highbar. You must have an area with a highbar and adequate padding. A spotter is prefered. I do not recommend trying this on a standard pullup bar. Grips are not required but they are helpful. They make your hands get torn up less and increase your grip. I have done them without  but I prefer doing giants with grips. Now lets get onto the fun stuff!!!!

Step 2: Back Giants

Back giants are done with your going the same direction as you can see.
The easiest way to get into a back giant is to cast from above the bar. To cast you support your self on the bar, you bounce at hip level then lean your shoulders over the bar and go to handstand, then go down on the correct side. The tap is hollow-arch-kick. Starting with zero degrees at a handstand on top of the bar, you hollow until aproximatly 120 degrees, then hold an arch until 230 degrees and then kick. 

If you fail to do a giant, pushoff and DO NOT PUT YOUR ARMS BEHIND YOU!!!!! Also, DO NOT HOLD ONTO THE BAR. RELEASE WHEN YOU STOP GOING UP. Not earlier or you will land on the bar. I did that, trust me, it hurts.

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    cool, good job, you should have someone to spot you over the top, but aslong as you release from the bar if you don't make it over you *should* be safe


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, I preferred the rings way back when.....(over 30+ years ago), I was bult for musble moves, but less graceful then a goony it didn't quite work out well.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    When on the rings, one needed to keep them as still as possilbe, but they did swing freely. Yes, we had blue one inch thick mats. I could do one of the fastest "muscle ups" in my squad (I could do a muscle up on the chinup bar :-). The only muscle move I never accomplished was an iron cross.

    I wasn't very good at a hand stand on the rings either....I had a back that I just could NOT straighten out.   

    Funny things was, as much as I loved the rings, there was something about the pummel horse that KILLED my wrists....I could never be on the horse for more then a half a minute or so, before my left wrist would give out. 

    As for floor-ex,  I was like a truck driver trying to become a ballerena   LOL   I never was able to do a decent vault and so 90% of my "flips" landed me on my back :-)   
    It was all great exercise, but I was just a bit too doplick.   I should have went out for track and stuck with sprints.....I was quick (but couldn't run longer then 440 meter at a shot). 


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I wasn't sure because I remembred many years ago rings was startedd swinging, so you would swing back and forth around 10 ft and floor was done without the modern springy floors.

    On rings I don't have a cross, but I do have a planche and I'm getting close to a multese. But still who needs a cross if you have a harder skill. A multese is a d and a cross is just a b.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Well, at the time, I was just leaning, and didn't have the patience to actually become fluid in any of the moves.....I never even worked on a dismount....

    It also helps if you are young and in shape. Lots of training and practice should be involved too.