How To: Perform advanced split stretches for greater flexibility (for kids)

Whether you plan on doing the splits for your hip dance routine or your gymnastics, this tutorial will show kids the best way possible to perform the flexible move. This is a more advanced stretch, involving a great deal of flexibility, but remember— Always warm up muscles before doing the splits, use a spotter when needed, go step-by-step slowly and don't stretch beyond what is comfortable. Flexibility takes consistent work and does not happen in a day, but if you keep at it you will start t...

How To: Do a back somersault

A high jump layout technique practice, learn how to do the back somersault in this demonstrational video. This exercise trains special awareness and body shape for the Frosby flop. This essential training for good hip extension.

How To: Do proper gymnastic splits

Sippydip teaches you how to do proper gymnastic splits. You don't have to have a lot of flexibility, be a gymnast, or a girl to properly do the splits. Bend your legs so that you kneel on your back leg and use your dominant one, usually the right, in front. Tilt your body forward and keep your arms to the side, straight off in the air. You can also stretch your front foot by putting it straight out in front of you and press on it. For all these exercises you only need a floor or a soft surfac...

How To: Perform an easy elbow stand in gymnastics (for kids)

You've heard of the handstand, but what about an elbow stand? Elbow stands are actually easier than handstands, so anybody can do these. Katrina and Sloane teach you how to perform these elbow stands for gymnastics, dance and more. There are many fun variations to try out! Make sure you practice these elbow stands on a soft surface!

News: Put Your Legs In Front Of Your Head

Whoa, these bygone era triplets are seriously flexible. "The Ross Sisters were a trio of female sibling dancers consisting of Aggie Ross, Elmira Ross, and Maggie Ross (whose real names were Vicki, Dixie and Betsy Ross). Their public attention peaked during the 1940s, during which they were featured prominently in the 1944 film Broadway Rhythm. The sole remaining known film clip shows them performing "Solid Potato Salad", which features the sisters' amazing contortionism."

How To: Do the splits for gymnastics

The video starts off with two young girls explaining some basic techniques to do a split. The girls explain that stretching is very important before attempting to do splits so that you don't pull any muscles. The girls use a technique of doing a split with one leg elevated on a step stool. This allows them to become more flexible and to do different angled splits. If you're not able to do a split, the girls offer some stretching tips and advise taking it slowly until you become more flexible.

How To: How Is This Possible? (NSFW)

For most humans, Zlata's level of flexiblity is simply not possible. The Russian contortionist has trained in extreme gymnastics since the age of 14, but her superhuman pliability cannot be entirely attributed to her acquired skills. Zlata has a rare condition called Ehlers–Danlos syndrome:

How To: Do an aerial turn from a cartwheel

In this clip, learn how to go from a cartwheel to an aerial easily. If you are starting out with gymnastics, cheerleading, tumbling or dance, you are bound to learn this move. Follow along and get the basics so that you will be prepared when you learn it in your own class. Have fun!

How To: Perform tricks on a balance beam in gymnastics

One of the most basic parts of gymnastics is using the balance beam. In this tutorial, learn a few different routines that you can perform on a beam and how to get started. Balancing on a tiny stick may seem scary, but it is really quite easy once you get the hang of it. So, if you are a beginner or aspiring gymnast, follow along and learn all about beams.

How To: Perform a front flip tuck in free run

In this how-to video, you will learn how to perform a front flip. This is an important basic in free running. To do a front flip, have a light step into the flip. Do this as if you were about to step on a glass. Bend your knees and push up. Once you are in the air, stay nice and tight and tuck in. Your chin should be to your chest. The tighter your tuck is, the faster you will spin. Keep practicing in order to get this right. This video shows you the basic steps in to performing a front flip ...

How To: Do an Arabian 180 backflip

Epic1 demonstrates how to perform an Arabian 180 back flip. Use a tucking motion when performing the Arabian. Use an up, turn and front flip motion when doing this stunt. The feet will pivot during the execution of the Arabian. Get your back flips down before performing the Arabian. A good trampoline and a foam pit will help you. Be careful of your distance and control because you're not going to see the spot where you're going to land before you land it. You will have to guess where your lan...

How To: Do a Frogstand in Gymnastics

This how-to video shows how to do a gymnastic frogstand. This very complicated technique takes balance and skill. The frogstand should be done on a hard surface to get a good grip. Try not to push too hard with your finger tips, becasue you may loose your balance.

How To: Do a headspring

This how-to video shows how to do a headspring. This is an easier move than the handspring and should be used to work up to it. This is a great way to build up to the hand spring because it teach great balance, and ability to flex.

How To: Use a skateboard on a trampoline

Check out this instructional tutorial to learn how to trabop board, or use a skateboard on a trampoline. Get advice from this how-to video on how to mix two of your favorite activities: skateboarding and jumping on your trampoline!

News: The Cheap Thrill of Flirting With Death On Stage

From an episode of the Frank Sinatra Show in 1951, Larry Griswold performs death defying stunts in the name of entertainment. Griswold, an American gymnast, entertainer, and co-inventor of the trampoline, proved again and again that flirting with death is sure to please a crowd. Meanwhile, in the parallel universe of Julie Taymor's accident prone Spider-Man musical, the New Yorker makes a similar case in point. The production has been plagued with injury after injury- broken wrists and ribs, ...

How To: Do a back flip on a trampoline

A trampoline is one of the most fun things you can possibly have in your back yard. If you have one and are looking to learn some tricks to do on it, the back flip is a good place to start. Watch this video to learn how to execute a perfect tucked back flip on a trampoline.

How To: Perform an impressive handstand press in gymnastics (for kids)

Show off your im-"press"-ive handstand moves with this pressed handstand. If you can't seem to perfect the handstand press, then these girls will show you how to do one like a professional gymnast. Learn how to pike up, straddle up and other ways of getting into a handstand. Knowing these handstand exercises can help you improve your balance and ability to do advanced gymnastics tricks.

How To: Perform an advanced butterfly twist (B-twist) acrobatic flip

If you're into urban tricking, parkour and freerunning, you probably know all about the B-twist. It's also a move highly used in gymnastics and acrobatics, and it's full name is the butterfly twist, which is an awesome aerial twist flip. This video tutorial, from superstar Andrea Catozzi, will show you the steps to performing a simple butterfly twist from the standing position. Good luck!

How To: Perform an advanced high Webster (front aerial) acrobatic flip

If you're in gymnastics, you probably know what a Webster is, but for all you parkour and freerunners out there, a Webster is a type of acrobatic flip, sometimes referred to as a front aerial flip. This advance video tutorial will show you wannabe flipsters the correct way of performing a high Webster (or single Webster) off one leg, which is quite the feat if you can master it. Superstar Andrea Catozzi shows you his acrobat charm and wit. Be careful though!

How To: Do a backtuck with tumbling in gymnastics

In order to perform a Back Tuck in gymnastics, you should stand with your legs hip distance apart. Next, you should squat down. Don't squat too deep, because it will decrease your power. But, it should be a good deep squat. Swing your arms behind you at the same time. Next, jump up into the air, swinging your arms through and up. Extend your body as much as you can, from your fingers to your toes. When fully extended, your arms should be near your ears. When you have extended as far as you ca...

How To: Do the back handspring in gymnastics

In this video, we learn how to do gymnastics with back handsprings. First, you want to stand straight and bend your knees slightly. Point your arms out in front of you and tense your body up. Back up a little bit, then swing your arms and jump backwards, landing back onto your hands and flipping straight up. A common mistake is bending your knees too much and jumping straight up, rather than backwards. This will take a few tries to finally get, but once you have it your body will start to mem...

How To: Do a front walkover

In this tutorial, we learn how to do a front walkover. Before you do this, you should be able to do a handstand. Start off by placing your right foot in front of you, then pushing off and raising your other leg up into the air. Your feet should be apart in the air, then you will do a headstand for a few seconds. On your way down, your hands should follow to continue to do this movement, walking out in front of you. Make sure you have goo back flexibility to do this, or else you won't be able ...

How To: Get started with power tumbling

In this tutorial, we get tips from Coach Don and Kezia on how to tumble. This gymnastic/dance style is really fun to do and difficult to learn. In the clip, Kezia will show some cool power tumbling passes as the coach explains the different types of combinations. Power tumbling can be started at a very young age and there are many levels. You will learn all about them in this video.

How To: Perform a back handspring with a crazy fellow

A quick disclaimer: this video tutorial will be showing you how to perform a back handspring. This particular trick can be dangerous to perform and could result in bodily harm and even death. So before trying it out, please make sure you understand how to do it and have the right tools needed to perform this. Soft pillows or pads would especially be useful for those beginners out there interested in this video. Once you've perfected this, it should be pretty easy to perform a backflip. Just t...

How To: Do a backspring

In this how to video, you will learn how to perform a back spring. This is also known as a back hand spring. Start on a wedge mat and have a qualified spotter present. Next, swing your arms back and keep them locked at all times. Bend with your knees when you jump back and up. When in handstand position, push up with your shoulders and snap your legs down. Keep trying until you get comfortable with it. Once your are, move down the wedge and keep practicing the move. Now try the move without a...

How To: Do a proper cartwheel

HaverfordHighSchool shows viewers how to do a proper cartwheel. First, your starting position should be a lunge - with one foot forward, hands up in the air, and palms forward. Next, you should reach forward and put your hands on the ground. While doing this, you should kick and push off of the ground using your foot and swing it over your head. After doing so, you should return back to the lunge and finally land in the lunge position. Remember to keep your body as straight as possible and fi...

How To: Perform a round off back tuck

This video shows us how to perform a round off back somersault. Firstly you have to make sure that your leading leg must be wide when you put your hands down. And when you place your hands down, don’t place them parallel to each other but just place them slightly tilted. While you place your hands down, keep your head within your shoulders and when you place your hands down your back leg kicks back and you will rotate on your hand. When you go down, both your legs will be kicked to the back a...

How To: Perform a corkscrew freerun trick

A very detailed description of how to perform a cork 360, by Chase Armitage. This trick is fairly advanced and should probably be attempted by fairly advanced free runners and gymnasts. A cork 360 is a parkour trick in which the person jumps in the air, the body spins 360 degrees, barrel rolls 360 degrees, and in the middle achieves a parallel position to the ground. It is important in the trick to use the entire body to generate the spin. The trick is used in parkour, a discipline involving ...

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