Keep your head and back straight or your aerial will come out short.
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Once a gymnast masters the front handspring then she is ready to move on to the front aerial, also known as the aerial walkover. The front aerial mimics the flipping motion of the front handspring, but without the hands touching the ground as you rotate. Efficient form is key for learning to hit a front aerial, since the move requires substantially more upward momentum and rotational force to land than a handspring does.1.
Stand with your torso facing forward, your right leg slightly ahead of your torso and your left leg slightly behind your body. If you are left-handed, your left leg will be your lead leg.2.
Raise your arms over your head with elbows slightly bent.3.
Lunge forward with your right leg, leaning forward at the waist and bringing your upper leg and torso close to parallel with the ground.4.
Swing your arms down in front of your body in a sweeping arc as you lunge forward.5.
Bend your right knee and push off the ground; simultaneously kick your left leg straight up in the air as forcefully as you can. Straighten your left leg and kick strongly upward, swinging the leg up and over your body.6.
Swing your arms down alongside your body and back up over your head in a swift, sweeping arc as your torso rotates.7.
Land on the toes of your lead leg, then swing your back leg down and plant firmly on the ground to land the front aerial.
- An improperly performed front aerial can cause serious head or neck injury. Always practice your front aerial on a 4- to 8-inch mat using a spotter to prevent injury.