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 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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