Hot Gymnastics How-Tos

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 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 a front handspring

Gymnastics are impressive and exciting to watch. You’ll need strength, agility, flexibility and some definite practice to get to the point where you’re ready to try a front handspring but all the work will be worth it when you stick your landing.

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!

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 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: 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 ...

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 double front flip on the trampoline

This video shows us how to perform a double front flip on the trampoline. Firstly you need to be able to perform a front flip on the trampoline and this is done by jumping on the trampoline and keep jumping until you get the required height for flipping. Once you feel that the height is enough for flipping then perform the front flip. Then do the same thing onto your back and this is done by following the same procedure except that you will land up onto your chest. Then do the same thing onto...

How To: Practice to do a back handspring

Ever wonder how to do a "back handspring"? TheWebMagician demonstrates step by step on how to do so. First you start by practicing jumping backwards and swinging your arms behind you. TheWebMagician provides examples if you find yourself a little lost. Next, transform your jump backwards into a flip by arching your back and landing on your hands, like jumping into a handstand. You then finish the landing with a bounce or "rebound". If you find yourself struggling, TheWebMagician gives out a f...

How To: Do a proper cartwheel

Cartwheels are so much fun! Who doesn't love to twirl around? If you don't know how to do one of these fun moves, check out this video! Step by step, this tutorial will teach you how to relive your childhood or release your inner gymnast.

How To: Do a somersault

If your a kid or adult it's never too late to learn how to do a somersault, although it might be a little more difficult for the latter. Somersaults are one of the first and easiest things you can learn in gymnastics. If your ready to turn your world upside down, then get somersaulting.

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: 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: 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 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 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: 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!

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 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...

Prev Page