Tumbling has become such a key skillset of cheerleading, it's almost a sport of its own! With hundreds of thousands of athletes attending tumbling classes and privates, and countless coaches looking to develop their understanding of tumbling within a team environment, we've put together the top tips we've collected from the tumbling experts at CheerConditioning.Academy:

  1. Stop throwing ugly progressions that are unsafe. If you're finding it hard to progress to the next skill and are familiar with face-planting the first thing you need to work on is the strength and conditioning required to execute the skill. For example: to be able to back handspring - make sure you can hit a bridge/backbend, do a back walkover with straight legs and hold a strong, straight handstand by yourself before starting any back handspring drill.

  2. To get the height, you need to master explosive power. Work on Plyometric strength by jumping on high boxes.

  3. Develop core strength (not ABS, we're talking the inner core: psoas, TVA, hip flexors, etc...) - core strength is necessary to connect your upper and lower body, giving you shape and stability during the tumbling skill.

  4. Know your SHAPES inside out, and then work on timing, pace and precision.

  5. Develop great MOBILITY and STABILITY of your ankles and wrists, by working on specific training that develops strength and 3-dimensional movement in your joints. This will help give you more control, power, and resistance to injury

  6. Go through drills, master micro-movements and functional exercises before trying them on full skills.

  7. Develop strength and grit to push yourself. Getting upside down is no easy feat and it takes developing a lot of confidence in your physical abilities.

  8. Work on shoulder mobility and chest stretching: this is the most un