There are three rotations in a cartwheel, instructor Sean Lind says at this CrossFit Gymnastics Advanced Trainer Course. There’s also a handstand component and a hamstring component.
“We need to master all of them,” he says.
The class begins learning the movement by simply placing their hands on a stack of mats and swinging their legs around the end of the mats.
“When I land I want to stabilize my position,” Lind emphasizes.
Next is a full cartwheel on mats with feet placed on the same line, and cartwheels on a low balance beam close out the progression.
“Make that leg straight and that toe point happen because when you start bringing this over your head, if you create an angle with the leg, that’s now a counterweight and it’s also gonna be a shitty landing,” says gymnastics guru Jeff Tucker.
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Additional reading: Getting Inverted by Jeff Tucker and Dusty Hyland, published Sept. 30, 2011.