How To: Do a somersault

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.

Get rolling by learning this easy-to-learn and fun trick.

You Will Need

   * Soft surface
   * Practice

Step 1: Bend knees

Bend your knees and get into a squatting position.

Step 2: Place palms on floor

Place your palms on the floor with your elbows slightly bent.

Step 3: Tuck your head in

Tuck your head in as you straighten your legs, pushing your bottom into the air, and roll the back of your head onto a soft, flat surface. Do not put the top of your head on the floor.

Keep your chin tucked into your chest and your back rounded.

Step 4: Push with your legs

Straighten your legs as you softly push your bottom over your head.

Step 5: Stand up

Lean forward and reach your hands out as you push your legs straight and finish the somersault and land in a standing position.

In 1984, Mary Lou Retton became the first American to win an Olympic all-around gold medal in gymnastics.

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