Preparing for the Flip
- Enlist the help of an experienced spotter. If you don't know anyone familiar with gymnastics, get someone to supervise so that if you get injured, they can get help. They can also give you feedback on your form.
- Find a soft surface to practice on. Gymnastic pads or mats are highly recommended. If you don't have access to them, use a firm mattress.
- Prepare with exercises to strengthen your form.
- increase your vertical leap so that you get enough height when doing the flip.
- Practice forward rolls from a standing position. Stand, roll, and stand. This will allow you to get a feel for how you will tuck in the air.
- Dive roll to get you over the fear of rotating over your head. It'll also help you get the hang of leading the rotation with your shoulders, not with your legs. Jump a bit up and forward on a dive and slightly tuck your head inward towards your chest. You should feel your body starting to rotate without much effort.
Performing the Flip
- Run forward at a moderate speed. Don't run so fast that you throw yourself off balance when you plant, and don't run so slow that you can't complete the flip. Many people have a tendency to run fast, thinking this will make for a powerful flip, but they often end up not jumping high enough, which results in landing on their back. A fast jog is sufficient.
- Jump before you flip. Don't tuck your head until after your feet leave the ground, or you may not get the full rotation.
 Video Demonstration
- You probably won't get it the first time, or the second time, or the third. Try to feel your body through the flip so you can get handle on what you did wrong and correct it the next time around. Having a friend critique you or recording yourself on video can be very helpful.
- When practicing, the most important thing is to commit to the flip. Any hesitation will make the flip unsuccessful.
- It helps to learn all gymnastics on a trampoline before you try them on the ground, unless you're confident in your abilities (and your mats and/or spotters).
- Use gymnastic mats and pads (or at least mattresses or other support) when learning to do any flip.
- Know your limits and don't try to do anything that might be beyond them.
- The front flip, as with any flip, can have dangerous consequences. Always practice under the supervision of someone who knows what they're doing!
 Things You'll Need
- Gymnastic Mats
- A spotter
 Sources and Citations
- HawaiiPK.com - Source of screenshots, video, and a portion of the advice presented in this article. Shared with permission.