Performing the Skill
A cartwheel is probably the most basic tumbling skill in gymnastics. If you don’t know anything about tumbling, this is where you should start. Cartwheels are also quite fun to do. To perform a cartwheel you want to first select your lead foot. This is normally the foot that feels most comfortable to put before you at the start of a race. Many people have one foot which naturally feels bettering starting with; this is most likely also your stronger leg. You will quickly start to see which foot you are most comfortable starting with. (For most people, their lead foot is opposite their dominant hand. The lead foot for a right handed person is normally their left foot).
Place your lead foot in front of you and raise your arms above your head. Put your weight on your back foot and point your toes in your lead foot. Rock back on your spine; then lunge forward into your front foot.
Keeping your body in line with your spine, move your arms toward the ground and twist your body so you are looking sideways. Your hands will hit the floor at slightly different times. The first hand you should put on the ground is the one nearest to your lead foot, or the foot that is furthest forward.
With your hands on the ground, arms fully extended, use your lead leg to push off the ground and propel your body upwards. Your legs will be spread like a V in the air, and your body needs to be vertical to the ground.
The end of the cartwheel should be a mirror image of the start. What was once your back foot will land on the floor, and your lead foot will land behind it. You should be looking the opposite direction you’re searching when you began, and your arms should be raised in the air.
Your body should travel in a direct line. It might help to draw a line on the floor with a piece of chalk. Start with your lead foot on one side of the line and your other foot on the other side. You should end with one foot on each side of the middle line. This will help your cartwheel seem more graceful and will be important in helping you do future research abilities.
As soon as your body is in the air, your arms and legs should be completely extended. Video tape your cartwheels so you can see where you need to improve. Keep control of your body through the cartwheel. It will not be easy to add extra tumbling skills later in the event that you end your elementary tumbling skills off balance.
Performing the Skill