PLEASE!!! I need help. On Friday May 3rd I am trying out for the Varsity
cheerleading squad and one of the requirements is that we must be able
to do a cartwheel and I have NO clue hot to do one please let me know
how. Please I REALLY need your help! I don't have time to wait for a video
Thanks so much.
1) To acclimate your body to being upside down... do this: Work on your
handstand against the wall... Start by standing with your BACK to the
wall... then place your hands about 10 inches from the wall... push against
the floor with STRAIGHT elbows... and then walk your feet UP the wall
until you're standing on your hands.
Have some one WATCH you to make sure your body is in good form... look
a) Head RELAXED and hanging down loosely between the arms
b) hands almost touching one another... thumbs about 2 inches apart
c) body in a STRAIGHT line from wrists to toes... no bends! Especially
in the shoulders & back
d) feet TOGETHER... toes pointed... knees TIGHT.
Remain on your hands for about 10 seconds... then reverse down to the
beginning position and relax, then repeat that about 20 times a day. If
your form is bad or weak... don't count it.
2) practice a STRAIGHT BODY LUNGE STEP with BOTH legs... and LEVER your
straight body ON the lunge leg only...until your hands are supporting
you partly and PUSH the body forwards onto your hands with ONLY your front
So... here are the steps. (have a friend help you read and do this)
a) start standing on your feet... arms overhead, straight
and narrow. (gymnastics stance)
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b) lift ONE leg in front of you... straight knee... until
your feet are as far apart as you can make them (without letting EITHER
knee bend) and then STEP forward onto the front foot. Your feet should
be FAR apart.
c) BEND the front knee... BUT keep ALL the rest of your
body EXACTLY as it was when you were standing straight on your feet. (arms
overhead & narrow...back & shoulders in the same LINE as your
ankle and wrist and KEEP bending the front knee (lunge leg) until ALL
your weight is on that FRONT foot & your back foot is brushing softly
on the floor. The front lunge knee should be bent DEEPLY at a right angle
d) HOLD that LUNGE position for 5 seconds and let NOTHING
move. just breathe. MAKE SURE your arms don't drop.. your back doesn't
arch and your back leg remains STRAIGHT.
e) THEN> yes it gets tougher (but you CAN do it!) KEEP
lifting your back leg up in the air... towards the ceiling... until your
hands touch the floor. but keep your hands as FAR from your front (lunge)
foot as possible so that you are REACHING (lunging!) forwards aggressively.
When your fingers touch... put ONE hand in FRONT of the other (turn your
hands sideways in the same direction)...
BY THE WAY!!!!! make sure you are working on a STRAIGHT LINE. Begin here
at one end with both feet "8" together.8|----------> step
forwards onto your lunge leg "o"... onto the same line o|--------o-------------and
reach with the hands "xx"to the same line 0|------o-------ax-ax--------->
HOLD that position for 5 seconds....
f) THEN REVERSE the process EXACTLY with the feet ending
up EXACTLY in your starting position and your body in a gymnastics stance.
h) repeat 10 times... LEFT foot in front and 10 times
with the RIGHT foot in front
i) repeat 10 MORE times... both sides... but this time
when your hands are on the floor in front of your lunge leg... I want
you to PUSH the lunge knee straight ... push HARD enough to actually get
the knee COMPLETELY straight AND off the floor
LASTLY... practice LOOKING at different parts of the STRAIGHT
LINE... each time. For example... the first time you do it.. LOOK at your
hands the ENTIRE time second time... ONLY at your right foot third time...
only at your left foot... and then try CHANGING from one to the other
RANDOMLY throughout EACH attempt.
OK... I PROMISE you... if you'll do those exercises for the next few days...
when you attempt your cartwheel on Friday, EVERYONE will be amazed at
how strong and well-formed your cartwheel is. Expect your shoulders and
knees to be a bit sore with the new work. good luck!