How to do a Rodeo 540 on the Trampoline

Rodeo 5's or rodeo 540's are a very easy and showy trick. This tutorial will teach you how to do a rodeo 540 step by step along with common mistakes and what to do about them. With easy layed out steps, pictures and a video tutorial, you will be able to learn a rodeo 5 no problem!

  1. Before you even try a rodeo 5, you should be able to do both a back flip and a 540 no problem. (If you can only do a 360 you'll be ok) Once you have learned both these you may move on.
  2. Start by doing what I like to call a "spin drop." Simply jump up and do a 360, landing on your bottom. Keep doing this, slowly looking higher and higher and landing on your bottom. When you're comfortable, perform a side flip and land on your back. (Where your feet come above your head from the side) You don't have to go mostly completely upside down for this, but try to go as inverted as possible. This may be scary at first, but just keep slowly going from a 360 to your bottom to a side flip to your back getting more inverted each time. It might also help (don't go too big for this) to put your hands down on the bed of a trampoline during the side flip like a cart wheel and slowly pull your hands in until you've got it.
  3. Once you think you're ready, go for it! When you feel the trampoline pushing you upwards open your hips up to the right, look up and to the right and let your right shoulder drop as your feet come up. Your feet will go over your head in a rodeo, so use your chest and core muscles to get lots of torque on your takeoff to make sure that you make it around.
  4. One of the fun things about a rodeo is that you really don't have to change your body position all all from your takeoff to your landing. So once you become airborne keep looking up and to the right, while trying to keep your hands in front of you as best you can. If you don't have a lot of air or just don't think you'll make it around, then tuck your feet in slightly to make yourself spin faster. However, if you have plenty of air then you can stay fairly straight. With the rodeo, commit, commit, commit! If you're scared of not making it around then just tuck more and whatever you do, don't open up in midair.
  5. You will see your landing starting at about two thirds of the way through with plenty of time to adjust according and stick your landing. You will land facing backwards from the way you started and will come into your landing from a sideways position. Good Luck!

Some common problems are not flipping enough and doing a back flip 180 rather than a rodeo 540. Even though the rodeo is technically 540 degrees rotation, it really doesn't feel like that much, so focus more on flipping rather than spinning; the spin will come automatically but your have to have a good, strong takeoff to get enough flip. Another mistake (not that bad really) is doing a back flip 180 instead of a rodeo. These two tricks are extremely alike except a rodeo is not quite as inverted, so it has just a little more spin and a little less flip. To fix this, make sure that you're opening your hips and shoulders to the right on your takeoff. It also helps to look a tiny bit more to the side rather than up.

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How to do a Misty 720 on the Trampoline

Misty 720's or just misty 7's are similar to a cork 7 and are my favorite tricks on the trampoline. This article will walk you through all of the steps to mastering this simple and extremely cool trick on the trampoline. Good luck!

  1. Before even attempting a misty 7, you should be able to do both a front flip and a straight 720 no problem on the trampoline. Once you are comfortable with these, you can move on.
  2. Begin by doing what one might call a "front drop" which is the exact opposite of a back drop and land on your chest. Then do that with a 180 degree rotation so that you land on your back. That is the basis of a misty, so make sure that you've got this in the bag before you move on.
  3. Go for it! In a misty 720 you will need a medium to large bounce. When your ready, throw your right arm down and to the left while also twisting your hips and shoulders left into a spin. Your shoulder should come under your body on the takeoff. Remember to not do all this too early as a strong and tall takeoff is always necessary.
  4. Once you leave the bed of the trampoline, start to tuck up and keep looking forwards and to the left. Since misty 7's are scary at first you have to commit otherwise you might hurt yourself. To keep your commitment, just stay tucked up, keep looking around and be confident. If you do those three things, this will be easy!
  5. As long as you have a strong takeoff and "commit," you should see your landing come from beneath you and to the left. (This should be where you are looking anyway) Just let your feet come out from under you, pick up your head and push your arms forward to land. Once you get the hang of it, you will be doing misty 7's without even thinking about it. Good luck!

Some common problems are not being able to make it around and not being inverted enough. Make sure that on your takeoff you really throw your arm forward and to the left, allowing your right shoulder to dip beneath your body. If you can't make it around, just go bigger and "throw" your body more on your takeoff.

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How to do a Misty 540 with a One Handed Pike Grab

This tutorial will teach you how to perform a Misty 540, or Misty 5 on the trampoline with a one handed pike grab. This trick is an off axis one and a half turn with a grab. This is both an easy trick to do and extremely cool looking.

  1. Before trying a misty 5, you will need to be able to do a front flip and a straight 540 degree rotation no problem.
  2. Get a small to medium bounce and throw your right arm forwards, down and towards your left toe. Do this lightly and you should land on your bottom with you right hand still reaching towards your right toe. Keep doing this until you get comfortable.
  3. This step is pretty much the same as the one above, except that you will get a bit more air and instead of landing on your bottom, land on your back. Keep throwing your right arm down and to the left, but also put a little more force into the trick and let your right shoulder dip down more.
  4. Once you think you're ready, (don't rush to this step) get a fairly large bounce and on the jump before you try the misty 540 grab, put only your right arm straight up into the air. Then when you start to feel the trampoline pushing you up on the next bounce, throw your arm in front of you and down towards your left toe. Let your shoulder drop in front of your body and tilt your upper body and your head forwards, while still looking over your left shoulder. Don't do the grab too early in the misty 5, but when you're airborne and think you're ready, bring your feet up as high as you can while also trying to keep them as straight and close together as possible. Once you have this position, you can then grab your left foot or ankle with your right hand.
  5. Hold your grab as long as you feel comfortable, then pick up your head and your hands with you feet shoulder width apart and stick the landing. Good luck!

The most common problem with this trick is not making it around to your feet. To cure this you can either jump higher, use more frontward strength on your takeoff or focus more on the trick rather than the grab until you can work the grab back into your trick. Remember that this trick is two thirds trick and one third grab, so if you don't have a solid misty 5 mastered, then your grab will look just as bad.

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How to do a Front Flip on a Trampoline

Front flips are one of the coolest tricks on a trampoline and this article will discuss how to perform a flip, with step by step explanations, common bad habits and how to fix them.
 Here are the steps in doing performing the stunt.

  • Before you attempt a front flip, practice what we call a “tuck jump”. While in the air, bring your knees to your chest without losing your balance. Straighten your legs right before you land. Do this repetitively until you become pro, then do it three more times!
  • The next step is to try a flip and land on your back or your bottom. Begin by doing a somersault without any bounce. Then slowly get a little bit of bounce; you don’t have to jump high at all for this, so even if you land on your neck you’ll be fine. (Don’t quote me on that!) If you’re still too scared, try tilting your head slightly to side while you flip so that you can see your landing. However, don’t get too comfortable with tilting your head as it can lead to “off axis” flips. Also, try to land relatively near to the place on the tramp where you take off (It should be somewhere towards the middle) If you find your self moving forward significantly in your jump, then your are most likely “early.” This means that you're starting your flip too early in your bounce which causes your momentum to travel out rather than up. Keep doing this until you are comfortable with doing it in a small to medium bounce.
  • Go for it! The longer you think about it the less likely you are to actually do it. Just start small and there’s very little that can happen. Start by getting a good bounce, (but not to big) then right as you start to feel the trampoline pushing you up throw your arms forward and let your feet come up behind you. After you leave the bed of the trampoline, (the black bouncy part) perform a “pike” (Step 1) and tuck your head down towards your chest. Don’t hold this position longer than about half of a second. Finally, let your feet come out and pick up your head; straightening up your body and slowing your rotation. Since landing front flips cleanly is extremely difficult, it may take you some time to master it. Some advice to landing front flips is to go bigger (once you’re comfortable) so you have more time to look for your landing and adjust according. Also, use your hands to help correct yourself; if you under rotated then push your hands forward. On the flip side, if you over rotated put your hands up and if you feel that your going to fly of the trampoline headfirst (hopefully not!) then bend your knees on your landing and fall onto your chest. If you are continually over flipping, than either tuck less (Step 3) or don’t tuck as much to slow down your rotation.
  • Now that you’ve learned a front flip, practice, practice, practice! You can also work on new additives to a front flip like a superman front flip or some type of grab.


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Common Problems: “Off Axis” Flips: Make sure that on takeoff you are looking straight beneath you and not off to the side. One method that really helps cure this is to do a “superman” front flip which creates more time to get a good solid flip. Lastly be patient and don’t be too eager for your landing. If you want to look early for your landing then look through your legs, not on the outside of them.

How to do a Double Back Flip on the Trampoline

Welcome to another trampoline Tricks 1080 tutorial. Here, you will learn how to perform a double back flip on the trampoline. With some video, pictures and easy to follow instructions, learning a double back flip will be a breeze.

  1. Before you even think of trying a double back, you should be pro at straight back flips. In other words, you should be able to do them relaxed with lots of air comfortably on any trampoline. It also helps a lot to try as many consecutive back flips as you can.
  2. Once you9;ve mastered back flips, do a back flip again but with a little more flip, causing yourself to over-flip and land on your but. Practice that a few times, but then when you land on your bottom, flip back over and land on your feet. Repeat that over and over again: back flip to bottom, then bottom to feet with no interval jump in between. Once you've got this down, you're ready!
  3. Double back flips are probably the "scariest" trick to do on a trampoline, so you might want to start with a foam pit, jump into a pool or have someone through a pad under you during your first attempt. Try not to think too hard about it, or you will become nervous and not try it at all. Just remember to have confidence in your flip, trust your body that you'll make it around and most importantly, commit 100% and don't open up in midair.
  4. For your first attempt, be sure to get a very high bounce and begin the flip near the edge so that you have lots of room behind you. On your takeoff, push up hard with your legs and throw both your arms up above your head and backwards. Just remember that the takeoff is the most important part, so if you start flipping/tucking too early in your double back flip, you won't get any air, won't make it around and will fly backwards tremendously. Don't start your tuck until you leave the bed of the trampoline and are confident in a good takeoff. From there, perform a "tuck," or bring your knees into your chest; also, after your arms have been thrust up and back on takeoff, bring them back into your body by grabbing your shins and tucking your body into a ball. Hold this tuck for as long as necessary to make it around, but DO NOT open up in midair as it can be very dangerous!
  5. Once you see your landing, lift your arms up and straighten up your body to slow down your flip and make your landing easier. If you are having trouble landing them, try to go bigger and slow down the flip a little bit to make your landing easier. If you are over-flipping (not very common) you need to not tuck so much to slow down your flip. If you aren't making it around (very common) be sure that you get a huge bounce and aren't starting your flip too early. A good way to gauge whether you're too early or not is how far backwards you travel; if you find yourself traveling far back every time, then you are definitely flipping too early and not getting the full benefit of your big bounce. If your still can't make it around, try to flip as fast as you can (in the air, not on takeoff) and don't open up your body looking for your landing too early. Good luck and be careful.

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How to do a Corkscrew 720

Corkscrew 720's or, "cork 7's" are one of the coolest looking tricks on the trampoline, hands down. This article will show you how to perform one with an easy to understand, step by step pace to have you landing cork 7's in no time!

  1. Since a cork 7 is one of the more difficult tricks on the trampoline, make sure that you already know how to do both a backflip and a straight 720 first. These two tricks are the foundation of the cork 7 and you will have a very difficult time trying the cork 7 without them. Once you've completed these two tricks, you can go onto the next step.
  2. Get warmed up by performing a few backflips and 720's, then perform a "180 degree" back drop. (A back drop is just where you jump onto your back) To do this, get a small bounce and on your takeoff look back and to the left, (or right if you spin goofy) landing on your back facing the same way you started. If you are having trouble, try tucking your chin slightly into your left shoulder and opening up your arms; when you land you should be looking up at the sky. Just think of it as a combination of a back drop and a slightly inverted 180.
  3. Now you're ready to attempt a cork 7. Don't be intimidated as cork 7's are actually quite easy once you get the hang of them. Once you've got a medium to large bounce, on your takeoff you'll want to stand up as tall as you can, looking behind your back and down at your right heel (if you spin counter clockwise). Make sure that you get plenty of spin by really tweaking your upper body the way you spin, along with throwing your right arm down and to your left. The takeoff is the most important part in a cork 7, so make sure that you stand up on your takeoff and use your core strength to create your spin.
  4. Once you leave the bed of the trampoline, (don't do this step too early) you will want to tuck your body into a ball; sometimes it help to bring your knees to your chest by putting your right arm over your shins. This is the part of the trick where you get most of your spin, so look over your shoulder and get as much spin as you can. Your feet will come up towards your head about one half way through tricks, then go back down; when you feel them coming down look for your landing and put your hands out. This is one of the only tricks where it's ay to look for you landing early in the maneuver.
  5. Keep in your tuck until you can see the tramp bed and feel that you've gotten all the way around. Then open your body and stick your landing. It may seem scary and difficult at first, but you'll soon find out that cork 7's are really easy!

Some common problems are not making it all the way around and going too off axis; both of these depend on your takeoff. Make sure that most of your energy goes into your spin, not your amount of "off axisness." In other words, you can control how off axis you spin is by where you look. The more you look down with your spin the more aff axis it will be and the more you look to the side the more on axis it will be. The cool things about cork 7's is that you can do many different amounts of inversion and still land it cleanly. So once you get some practice in, you will most likely find that cork 7's are easier, cooler looking and more fun than straight 720's!

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How to do a Back Flip on the Trampoline

Back flips are not only very cool tricks on a trampoline, but are also the foundation for many other tricks. It is important that you learn this trick early so that you can have it mastered by the time you move on to more difficult tricks. Since this is also a pretty dangerous trick (if you don't do it right) make sure you try this when some one's around and possibly have them spot you.

  1. Before you attempt a backflip, practice jumping onto your back, (a back drop) and from your back kick your feet over your head almost like a backwards sommersault and try to land on your feet. This may be kind of hard at first, but keep trying. If you can't quite make it around then make sure you tuck in midair and push your hands backwards after you leave the bed of the trampoline from your back. One bad habit is to flip a little "off axis." Make sure that you're looking straight back and not to the side when you bounce. This can lead to really screwy flips.
  2. Just like any other trick, you're going to have to just "go for it" eventually. Start by getting a good, solid bounce where you would feel comfortable flipping. Remember, you don't have to go very big to do a back flip. Also, make sure that you're starting near the edge of the trampoline so that there is a lot of room on the trampoline behind you. On the bounce before you are going to flip, put both your hands back behind you so that you can push them back and up over your head on takeoff. When you leave the trampoline bed, push your hips forward and up, push your hands toward the sky, tilt you head back slightly, then tuck up by pulling you knees to your chest. Just like the front flip, only hold your tuck for a split second until you're about 2/3 to 3/4 of the way around. Then straighten out your legs and put your hands forward. At this point you should be able to see the trampoline and where you're going to land.
  3. One common problem for first-timers is that they move backwards significantly in their jump. This is why I had you start near the edge in step 1. To prevent this you need to be more patient in your flip. What that means is that you can't start the flip too early in your bounce. That causes your momentum to travel backwards and off the trampoline rather than upwards in a nice, big flip. Regardless, just try to land in the same spot as where you started. (A little bit back is okay)
  4. If you are having problems getting enough flip, it sometimes helps to grab your knees or shins in your tuck to help you rotate faster. But remember, the real power behind your flip is your hips; they should lead your entire body through the flip. If you are over flipping and landing on you bottom or back, remember to be patient on your flip, tuck less and try to straighten up in midair. When you're completely straight in the air it is called a layout. These are very difficult and should be your ultimate goal with backflips. (That kid to the right is doing a layout)

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How to do a 720 on a Trampoline

A seven twenty or 720 is a cool trampoline tricks and a foundation for other tricks. A 720 is two full spins, staying completely upright and landing on your feet. (Hopefully!) Although it may seem easy, I guarantee you it is not! This article will walk you through the process of doing a 720 along with common mistakes and how to fix them.

  1. Before you try a 720, make sure that you can do easier tricks, such as a 360 and 540. As you may already know, the number of the tricks indicates the degrees in rotation; for instance a 360 is one turn, a 540 is one and half turns and so on.
  2. Start by getting a medium to big bounce (not uncomfortably high!) then when you want to do the 720, stand up tall on your takeoff, pushing your hands up and in front of you. A 720 is a big trick, so really put your core strength into your spin. However, you have to be patient on your takeoff and only start your spin when you feel the trampoline pushing you up. Once you become airborne, keep your hands in front of you and up and keep your eyes on the horizon. Keep your body open until about 90 degrees (a quarter turn) and then you can pull your hands to your chest to speed up your spin. It is your eyes and your hands that really control your spin, so if you need to spin faster pull your arms in tight and look over your shoulder.Seven Twenty In Midair
  3. Once you reach 540 degrees, you will see your landing; from there, drop your arms and stop looking over your shoulder to stop yourself from over spinning. That's it! This trick is actually harder than a cork 7 and a misty 7, so keep practicing!

Common Problems: The two most common problems with 720's are under spinning and spinning off axis. Just like all spins, the takeoff is the most important part. To stay on axis get a strong takeoff but focus on staying forwards! Way's to stay more forwards and hence, on axis, are to keep your hands really forward, keep your body straight and don't let your eyes drop from the horizon. As far as under spinning goes, just go bigger, be stronger on your takeoff (use leg muscles and core muscles) and tuck more. Have fun!

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