Max Whitlock – Ultimate Skills

Max Whitlock – Ultimate Skills


Hi I’m Max Whitlock and I’m gonna take
you through my pommel horse routine. So the first skill for me always in my routine, has
been from a young age, is a shear to handstand. This is the kind of moment
where if you start well it puts you in good stead for doing the whole
routine well, so it’s a crucial moment to make sure I get it right.
Then if I go on to the second skill after I drop down into the next
skill, there’s not many high-value skills on
pommel horse that are valued at G which is the highest level. It’s a G coming up, so
it’s a triple Russian on one handle. It basically has massively fast movements
on your hand. You’ve got to stay controlled, it can very easily speed up
this skill without intentionally doing so, so you have to keep it controlled, keep
it nice and if you can keep it slower it helps you a lot, but it’s making sure
those hand movements are in the right places on that small handle, making sure
your shoulders are in line and just making sure you stay on and this one
it’s a tricky skill like I said one of the highest rated skills on pommel
horse and my second skill, so if I get this right I can flow into the next one
which is a Stockley Stockley. This is one of the base moves that you learn when
you’re younger but it’s a high value as well, it’s an E, but it’s a great move that connects into my next skill. So it kind of keeps the flow
nicely into my Busnari. Busnari is named after a great pommel horse worker who I’ve been lucky enough to complete alongside throughout my journey.
It’s a very big skill, uses flair, uses big movements going up towards the
handstand turn in to one end of the pommel and back into the flair
movement. It’s a big skill, it’s a risky skill but this for me is a value of an F
so it’s extremely difficult and takes a lot of practice to master. Every day I do
handstand turns, balancing work, to make sure I’m as confident as I possibly can
with it by the time I get to this skill. After the Busnari I turn out onto the
end of the pommel horse and I break out into big flairs again, big flairs after
the Busnari and big flairs again in the flair travels, so we’re talking about a
flaired Magyar where as I move forwards along the pommel horse, placing my
hand placements. And I actually do this skill very very
differently to most other people and what’s helped me stay straight is that I
step forward with the opposite hand to what’s usual for most people. It’s a
technique that probably should’ve kept secret but it’s out there now! I travel
to the end of the pommel, so flaired Magyar. I then go straight into a flaired Urzicǎ,
which is also named after another legendary pommel worker. For me it’s a
new skill, it’s a very big skill and quite pleasing to watch again with the
big flaired movements. But it for me is a kind of an honour as well to do that
skill in my routine because it is still unique but it’s also named after Marius Urzică. I then go straight into another new skill in my routine which is a Roth
which is Russian movements across the pommel which is basically in the front
support position like a planche. You rotate round and you circle round one hand placement in the middle and the rest on the end, which flows nicely into the Wu Guonian, also known as Wu, which is again Russians along the pommel, very similar to the Roth. But the Wu is worth one tenth more in difficulty level because
we do one extra turn, 360 more in the rotation. This leads me onto the end of
the pommel horse where I do triple Russian same kind of movement same kind of thing but just staying on the end of the pommel horse in front support
position again. It’s fast hand movements and it’s making sure that I get those
hand positions exactly right because that flows straight into my handstand dismount. For me I do a little bit of
an action to get up there very very quickly and it’s a technique that I’ve
learned over the many years, and you have to make sure your shoulder’s in the
right position in this. It’s a very fast and quick turn and making sure your
hands are in the right place. I work one side of the pommel and work backwards to make sure it’s that E value that I need to make sure my difficulty’s where it needs to be. For
me if you do the best routine that you possibly have done, especially in the
competition the feeling of coming down after a dismount to land on your feet is
by a mile the best feeling in the world. So the most difficult parts of the routine
are the second skill, which is the triple Russian on the one handle. Obviously
being valued at G it’s one of the most difficult skills you can do on a pommel
horse. Anything that is wrong, any balance we’ll take you off completely. The second
part is the Busnari. The triple Russian and the Busnari are
the riskiest parts of the routine which actually makes sense because they’re the highest value skills. But actually technically they’re the
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