Lycra Tube Cross Over

4x4 CROSS OVER

No question about it, this is “the activity” to do in a Lycra Tube.  It is also the most energetic activity, and one that requires some appropriate safety considerations.

Begin with four participants of nearly the same weight in the Lycra Tube, equally spaced around the perimeter.  Assign two opposite participants to be partners for Group 1, and the other two opposite participants to be partners for Group 2.

Safety Tip:  Proceed through these next few steps at a walking pace, before attempting these same movements at a faster pace.  Also, ask participants to hold up their right hands about shoulder high, during each passing event.  This simple reminder really helps participants remember on which side they are to pass their partner.  Equal weight participants are encouraged, because this activity has been known to launch some light weight participants that were joined by heavyweights.

Process:  Begin by asking Group 1 partners to back up.  As they do, they pull the Lycra Tube tighter.  The Group 2 partners now walk forward, almost touching right hands, changing places with their partner, and then backing up.  As Group 2 partners back up, Group 1 partners come forward, almost touching right hands, changing places with their partners, and begin backing up.  Walk this section of the activity at least four times before speeding up the crossovers.  This cross over process continues indefinitely.  As each group backs up, the Lycra Tube gives a firm push forward to the other group.  The harder each group backs up, the stronger the push forward for the other group.

This particular activity requires an awareness of other group members, so that all participants are able to stay in control at all times.  It is critical that group partners remember on which side to cross with their partners.

6x6 CROSS OVER

Process:  This activity is similar to the 4x4 Cross Over, except that it requires six participants, working as two groups of three. Ever other person around the perimeter of the tube is a member of the same group.  Group A members push back against the Lycra Tube as Group B members move to the position of their next group member tot he right.  Group B members now push backwards as Group A members move to the position of their next group member to the right.  While not as energetic as the 4x4 Cross Over, this activity does require balance, grace and timing.  Sometimes encouraging a group to select a song or chant helps to create a tempo or rhythm for the group to follow as each set of crossovers are made.

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