TRAMPOLINE TRICKS FOR BEGINNERS

Cool trampoline tricks are a great way to challenge the body and impress friends. Learning new stunts is fairly simple because it's all about advancement and progress. It starts with the basics and evolves into impressive techniques. All it takes is safe practice and training. Here are some great trampoline tricks for beginners.


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TUCK JUMP

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This trick is the foundation of many other stunts. It involves jumping high and tucking the legs up at the right moment.
It builds speed and allows the body to gain momentum for a rotation. Simply jump up with the arms extended. At the top of the jump, bring the knees up to the chest and grab onto them with the hands.
On the way down, simply reverse the actions to land on the feet. It's important to time the actions perfectly. Failing to do so will only lead to a loss in momentum and a potentially painful landing.


PIKE JUMP

Pike Jump

A pike jump is similar to a tuck jump. However, instead of tucking the knees in the chest, the legs extend outward. The hips should act as a hinge to form an "L" shape with the body.
Starting with the hands pointing up, the body should form the final shape at the top of the jump. As the legs move forward, the hands should move down towards the toes.
Flexible jumpers can aim to touch their toes, otherwise, touching the shins is ideal. Like the tuck jump, the actions should reverse for a comfortable touchdown.


STRADDLE JUMP

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A bit of flexibility is needed to perform a straddle jump. When the top of the jump is reached, the legs should perform a quasi-split.
Instead of going for a full split, the legs should simply extend outward at a 45-degree angle to the hips. Both legs together should form a 90-degree angle or a simple triangle.
The hands and arms will perform the same motions as the previous tricks. They'll start facing upwards. When the legs move, the arms should extend at the same angle as the legs. With a straddle jump, timing is important. The legs need to be straight upon landing to avoid injury.


HALF/FULL TWIST

Trampoline Twist

While twists may seem basic, they're harder to perform than most would think. Improper technique often leads to leaning to one direction.
If this happens, jumpers will land in a different spot than they started or fall over completely. To properly perform a half or full twist, start with the arms raised above the head. Before lifting off from the jumping surface, twist the arms and shoulders to build up momentum.
When the feet lift off, this action will cause the body to act like a spring and twist. Manipulating the twist will create full or half spins.


SEAT DROP

Seat Drop

Seat drops are the perfect way to end a combination of moves safely. It's one of the easiest drop trampoline tricks for beginners.
Essentially, it involves landing on the jumping mat in the seated position with the legs straight and fully extended. It's important to not simply straighten the legs and drop backward.
Instead, rotate the hips forward after liftoff to rotate the body slightly back. On the way down, straighten the legs and back. This is better than simply falling backward because it results in a more stable and safe landing.


KNEE DROP

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The knee drop is a fairly safe maneuver and can be used as a foundation to other drop tricks. As the name implies, it's basically a drop onto the knees.
It may take a few attempts to get the hang of because of balance issues.
On the jump, the hips should be thrust backward to achieve a slight rotation to the front. Simply straighten the thighs and bend the knees to tuck the feet back.


DOGGY DROP

The doggy drop is basically an extension of the knee drop. It's aptly named the doggy drop because the jumper will land on their hands and knees, mimicking a dog.

Like with the knee drop, the hips should move backward when jumping off of the mat.
A bigger thrust will result in more rotation, which is beneficial with this landing. Again, straighten the thigh and tuck the feet back.

This time, however, hinge the torso forward and reach out to land with the hands as well. The hands and knees should touch the mat at the same time.


FRONT DROP

Trampoline Drop

This is a fun trick that may take some time getting used to. It involves landing on the stomach. It requires body rotation and full control of the arms and legs.
When jumping, the hips should move back to create a rotation forward. The arms should be pointed upward. Not only is this safe, but it helps to achieve enough rotation to land flat.
The body shouldn't be moving forward. In fact, the hips need to land where the feet took off. Upon landing, it's important to keep the arms in a triangular position with the hands beside the chin. This creates a flat landing surface and protects the hands and arms from injury.


BACK DROP

Back Drop

The back drop can be a bit daunting, but with proper technique, it's one of the most fun trampoline tricks for beginners. During the initial jump, the chest and hips need to be pushed forward to achieve backward rotation.
The body should be straight throughout the rotation. When falling back down, raise the legs up at a 90-degree angle. It's also important to tuck the chin into the neck to avoid whiplash.
A successful back drop is when the jumper lands on the middle of the back. The arms can be extended back when landing to finish the trick or straight up with the legs to rebound up again.


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References:

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