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Get all the tips, tricks and information on the tumbling moves you need to succeed as a cheerleader. This complete guide covers everything from beginner moves to pro moves. The guide includes handstands, cartwheels, back bends, roundoffs, walkovers, aerials, handsprings and tucks.
has been added to the guide, including stretches and strength training for tumblers, tips for spotters and some handy tricks for overcoming fear. Don't forget to spotlight and spread the word on safety too! You'll find a summary of some of the most pressing safety issues with tumbling in the guide too. Easily save, print and share the guide for reference during practice or coaching.
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SNEAK PEAK: Introduction
Tumbling is a form of gymnastics that requires athletes to use their bodies to flip, twist, roll and jump. Tumbling is most often used at cheerleading competitions and during gymnastics routines at the Olympics, but dancers and other stage performers also tap tumbling to give their show a "wow!" factor. To excel in tumbling, you must be disciplined, skilled, fast, and strong with maximum flexibility and stamina.
The intense gymnastic element in cheerleading is often overlooked. Any cheerleader with future goals of becoming a tumbler for their team, or that is already in a tumbler position, needs a lot of physical and mental training. It's one thing to watch people flip, twist, turn and defy gravity on blue mats; it's another to actually perform those tricks. It takes a lot of logged practice hours to produce muscle memory.
Tumbling for a cheerleading squad is one of the most grueling and physical positions on the team. To be a successful tumbler, you need to be fearless, log many, many hours of practice time, and have full body strength. It takes time and dedication.
This guide will help you with the technical "how-to" steps, but should never be used in place of a trainer, coach or professional. Attempting any tumbling move without the proper training and supervision can result in serious injury. Use mats, training equipment and spotters until you have mastered tumbling moves. Don't expect a "shortcut" or "quick way" to learn any tumbling moves—
they don't exist.
If you are new to tumbling, or have not practiced in a while, be sure to start with beginner moves. All of the advanced moves are extensions of the moves at the level before them, so it is important to master one level at a time before moving on. Attempting advanced moves without the proper training and muscle memory can put you, and your team, at risk for injury and could get you benched for practices, performances and competitions. It's not worth it. Again, tumbling takes time and dedication.
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