02/25/15 60 hours logged on wheel. Video update coming soon.
What can be performed on a Cyr Wheel? It is easier to show than tell. This youtube is from World Championships 2011.
As of February 25, 2015 I have logged 60 hours of practice. There a is a rule of thumb, that a person can achieve basic competency in any sport with 50 hours of practice. I can sustain a waltz for a short period, perform half switch 4-6 repetitions, center spin 6+ rotations and generally comfortable with moving in and around the wheel. Have not yet accomplished a cartwheel or coin but coming closer.
My training goal is 100 hours of practice within 100 days starting January 1st, 2015 and so far I am on track.
No serious injuries, just a few of bumps and bruises to report to myself and the garage where I do most of my training. The wheel did run away from me one time. It rolled out of the garage, across the driveway, into the yard and ended up encircling my 12 year old golden retriever Bailey who never moved.
A few people have seen the wheel and think I purchased it as a device for fitness training. The truth is that it is a device for fun. The joy of movement is the reward. This concept of fun is missing in the way many people approach fitness. Hours on a treadmill, running in straight lines, repetitive lifting are all somewhat necessary but lack joy.
Buffalo Tip: Find something that moves you to move and you’ll never need to worry about fitness.
I first saw a wheel performance in a 1977 documentary entitled “Gizmo” and immediately wanted one.
Almost 40 years later I bought one!
Wheel gymnastics originated in 1924, when a German locksmith Otto Feick created a Rhönrad
The wheel in the documentary was a German Wheel but there is a more recent version known as a Cyr Wheel, which is a mono wheel.
Daniel Cyr in 2003, presented the first cyr wheel circus act at the 2003 Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris.
The Cyr Wheel is a tube of aluminum formed into a circle and covered with PVC or flexible tubing. It is sized to the performer. The inside diameter is approximately 3 inches beyond the height of the performer. Most are built to be disassembled in sections. Mine has 5 sections. It weighs around 30 lbs. I bought my wheel from Coggs Circus.
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