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.