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How to Do a Somersault

Get rolling by learning this easy-to-learn and fun trick.


  • Step 1: Bend knees Bend your knees and get into a squatting position.
  • Step 2: Place palms on floor Place your palms on the floor with your elbows slightly bent.
  • Step 3: Tuck your head in Tuck your head in as you straighten your legs, pushing your bottom into the air, and roll the back of your head onto a soft, flat surface. Do not put the top of your head on the floor.
  • TIP: Keep your chin tucked into your chest and your back rounded.
  • Step 4: Push with your legs Straighten your legs as you softly push your bottom over your head.
  • Step 5: Stand up Lean forward and reach your hands out as you push your legs straight and finish the somersault and land in a standing position.
  • FACT: In 1984, Mary Lou Retton became the first American to win an Olympic all-around gold medal in gymnastics.

You Will Need

  • Soft surface
  • Practice

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