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Hi Coach Wayne!
You probably don't know me but you came to our gym for summer camp...You're awesome! I cheer for the Vipers. Well, I was wondering if you get your flip-flop on the trampoline, does that mean you can get it on the floor too? thanks...email me back when you get a chance!

A trampoline is a great tool for learning the handspring, but just because you can perform a handspring on the trampoline does NOT mean you've also learned it on the floor. It's a big step in the right direction.

Here's the difference.
The handspring on the trampoline is SLOWER than on the floor.

You'll have to learn to push HARDER with your legs to move the skill from the trampoline to the mats. You do NOT have to be very strong to do one on TRAMP, especially your LEG push. It will have to be MUCH more aggressive on the floor.
The trampoline is much more FORGIVING than the floor. For example if you make a mistake on the floor (toss your head, undercut, forget to leg-push, fail to pass through a proper handstand position, leave your head out, set your arms too wide, fail to bring your feet together, etc.) the skill will LOOK bad and FEEL bad and can potentially be DANGEROUS. The SPRINGINESS of the trampoline will help prevent injury, make it seem like you're getting the skill, and allow you to make it over in a reasonable form.

Yes, it helps you get the feel of the skill and gradually to acclimate yourself to the sequencing of movements with minimum risk, but NO, it doesn't guarantee an instant transition to the floor.

Have fun, Be safe PUSH hard!!!

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Coach Wayne was the Head Coach for the Savannah College of Art and Design Cheerleading team and Executive Coach of Olympic Gymnast Zuzana Sekerova. His articles, videos, and books have been used by students and instructors worldwide since 1991. Coach Wayne is available for tumbling instructor certification training. For booking information, coaches/owners should text or call 912.238.1747.



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