When you watch someone with a lot of trampoline experience, you’ll see many incredible tricks and feats you would think were impossible. One of the first tricks you can learn is a front flip, and with a little bit of practice, you’ll be able to pull it off with style and flair. Follow these steps and you’ll impress your friends in no time. Of course, it is recommended you stretch and warm up before attempting a trick like this. For a safe place to practice your flips and try out new tricks, come on over to Rebounderz here in Sunrise. Whether you’re trying tricks out in the foam pit or making the jump to the trampoline, we have so many ways to elevate your fun.
When you are doing a flip, you need to tuck your legs in so your body can rotate over. You also need to be able to kick your legs out of the tuck so you can land the flip properly. Practice this by doing tuck jumps, where you jump straight up, tuck your knees up to your chest, then kick them back out to land. Make sure you maintain your balance during this, because you don’t want to move from the center of the trampoline when doing the flip itself. Once you have this part down, a front flip becomes much easier and that knowledge can transfer to when you want to try a backflip.
To practice the rotation that will be necessary for a full front flip, do handstands on the trampoline. Falling over is a normal part of this process, so don’t be afraid of it. Falling over from a handstand onto your back will get you used to the rotation you’ll feel, so gradually start falling from the handstand faster. You’ll eventually start doing the same process without your hands touching the trampoline. Once you’re comfortable with this process, you’re ready to move on to the next step.
Now that you’re starting to put the pieces together, it’s time to put them into practice. For these, you’re going to flip over onto your back. Try to land flat on your back with your arms outstretched and your chin tucked. If you’re having trouble getting all the way over, keep practicing with the handstand until you get more comfortable with it. Start off with smaller bounces and jump higher as you go. A good flip requires a lot of air time, so getting acquainted with how it feels to flip when you’re higher in the air will get you ready for the real thing.
Once you’re used to rotating in the air without your hands, try to go a bit further with your rotation. You’ll be landing on your bottom in a sitting position this time, which gets you used to a full 360° in the air. However, when you land on your bottom, it gives you a bit more time to work the movements out before including landing on your feet. Keep in mind that you want to stay in the center of the trampoline when you’re doing this, so if you are moving away from the center, you will need to adjust your flip so you’re not moving too far forward, backward, or to the side.
Now it’s time to go for it! Jump up high, tuck your knees in, rotate over, and extend your legs out for a safe landing. Make sure you land with your legs a little bent and your feet flat. If your legs are straight when you land, you risk injury, but when they’re bent, they can absorb your weight and help you maintain your balance. You may need to use your arms to keep balanced as well, however you can also tilt your upper body forward or backward to achieve the same effect.
You’ll be able to tell what type of adjustments you need to make for a stable landing, so pay attention to what happens on each attempt. Whether it’s keeping your knees tucked longer, rotating faster, or jumping higher, slight changes can be the difference between landing on your feet or right on your bottom. The best part about a trampoline is the safe environment it provides for trying tricks out. Don’t be afraid of mistakes, just learn from them.
Any trick, no matter how elaborate it looks, is made up of smaller movements that are easy to practice. If you break down the individual portions of a trick, you can master it in no time. Now that you’re a front flip expert, come on into Rebounderz Trampoline Park in Sunrise. Test out your tricks in the trampoline park, in the foam pit, or if you’re feeling really daring, the JumpXTREME Tower for 14 feet of air to work with. We hope to see you here soon!