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Cheerleading 101: Tumbling

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Somersaults   Handstands   Cartwheels   Round-offs    Handsprings   Tucks   Layouts/Twists

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Beginner Cheer tumbling class: (Video 1)  (Video 2)

Be sure to visit the blue links in each section. They include more valuable tips, pictures, and videos that can help you learn these skills.  And don't forget to warm up and stretch out before doing your drills.

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Handstands Don't forget to use a trained spotter when learning this skill!  Good handstands increase your chances of having attractive higher level tumbling skills, so work hard to perfect these.

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Handstands against the wall video
Handstand walk up the wall
Handstand warm-up
Handstand tutorial online
(Do not do the dive one if you are a beginner)
Gymnastics training videos online
Handstand DVD
Second handstand DVD

Handstands are a foundation
Excellent handstand instructions with pictures 
How to do a handstand roll out
Slow motion roll out drill


Cartwheels   Don't forget to use a trained spotter when learning this skill!  

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Cartwheels for the littlest beginners
Best cartwheel video tutorial (must sign in)
Cartwheel tutorial
Cartwheel drill video
More cartwheel drills
Gymnastics training videos online
Cartwheel DVD

Cartwheel tips
Cartwheel drills
Training for splits


Round-offs  Don't forget to use a trained spotter when learning this skill!  Most people assume that a round-off is just a cartwheel with the feet together, but that's not quite right.

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Best round-off video tutorial (must sign in)
Round-off tutorial
Round off video

Round-off drills
More round-off drills
Round-off landing drills
Slow motion round-off to back handspring video
Gymnastics training videos online
Round-off DVD

Hand placement in the round off
Controlling your round-off
Putting extra power into the round off