Learning how to front flip is a must for any gymnast or diver, and is also a trick that a seemingly average person can pull out to impress just about anyone who isn't one of these two things. When first learning how to front flip, it's important to be safe, practice safely, and perform them as safely as possible. One thing you don't want is to break your back, neck, or have any other type of injury that could require weeks of recovery or worse. Clearly performing a front flip off of a diving board is much easier than simply performing one on the ground, and less dangerous. In fact, the front flip is one of the first dives a diver learns, and is definitely a piece of cake with a little practice. If you want to know how to front flip without a diving board, you can still use these steps, but make sure you take extra safety precautions. Practice on a soft or springy surface before attempting to front flip randomly on the street.
- Drive your hips as high as you can into the air. On a diving board, this simply means using the board's spring to push you up. Go for maximum height with just the tiniest amount of forward motion. If you jump out, you'll probably smack your back or just mess the whole thing up somehow, and you won't have enough time to complete your rotation. Worst of all, it'll look bad, and you're trying to impress people. On the ground, it's the same principle. First, try standing on a raised platform, and jumping into the air with that. That simulates the board, and makes it easier, since you'll have more time to do the front flip. Work on jumping as high as you can, and driving your hips up into the air as straight as you can. The hips will help you to flip around, since they have to get over your head.
- Bring your arms down as hard as you can. Pretend you have a hammer in both hands and are hammering down hard. That will aid your body in rotating. Around the same time, you should…
- Tuck your legs in. Don't just bring your knees to your body. Everything should aid in your rotation. They should follow your hips over your head, and the tucking motion will help whip you around. It's all of this working together that will get you over into a full rotation.
- Land. Straighten out once you've flipped around and your legs are underneath you again. For divers, your hands should be by your side, and your toes should be pointed as you enter the water, ideally straight up. On the ground, just try not to fall forward or backward. No one is judging you, and definitely don't point your toes. Try to not shut your eyes, but use them to figure out when to straighten out. As you begin to come right side up again, straighten out your body to stop rotation.
As you become more confident in understanding how to front flip properly, you'll get better at flipping and you'll want to make sure you don't over-rotate. You may not need as much force behind your arm movements and tucking. Still, remain safe, and you'll be front flipping on your way to work.