Performing a cartwheel can be fun and exciting. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do a basic cartwheel:

Before you begin:

Warm-up: Always start with a proper warm-up to prepare your muscles and prevent injury.

Choose a Safe Area: Ensure you have enough space to perform a cartwheel without any obstacles.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

    1. Stand Upright: Begin by standing up straight with your feet together. Your arms should be relaxed by your sides.
    2. Pick a Side: Decide which side you are more comfortable with – either your right or left side. Our favorite trick is interlocking your hands together and your first index finger to come up will be your cartwheel leg. Your dominant hand you write with is not always the leg you will tumble with. Everyone is different.
    3. Prepare to Start: Raise both arms above your head, with your hips facing the front.
    4. Step Forward: Step forward with your foot/leg you will be using for your cartwheel and lean your upper body slightly forward.
    5. Swing Your Arms and Leg: As you step forward, swing your back leg up and over your body, following the path of the same arm you are using. Simultaneously, swing your non-dominant arm across your body to the opposite side.
    6. Your Hands: If you have your right leg in front of you then your hands will be facing the right side of your body, if you have your left leg in front of you then your hands will be facing the left side of your body. Make sure your arms stay straight the whole time, where your hands hit the ground will determine if you are going in the right direction.
    7. Upside Down Position: At the peak of your cartwheel, you should be upside down with both legs extended straight in a “V” shape.
    8. Land: As you complete the rotation, bring your leg down, followed by your other leg.
    9. Stand Up: Once your first leg touches the ground, bring your arms up and your other leg following down. When you land, keep both arms up.

Tips for a Successful Cartwheel:

  • Practice balance and flexibility exercises to improve your cartwheel technique.
  • Always focus on getting the form right before attempting faster cartwheels.
  • Make sure you have enough space to complete the cartwheel without hitting anything or anyone.
  • It’s normal to feel a bit unsteady when learning a cartwheel, so don’t get discouraged if it takes some time to master.

Remember that mastering a cartwheel can take lots of practice, so be patient and keep working on it. If you’re new to gymnastics or cheerleading, always seek guidance from a coach or instructor who can provide personalized feedback and help ensure you’re performing the cartwheel safely and effectively. Victory can always help and we love a good cartwheel. It is the foundation for all of your skills in gymnastics. Email us at and let us help you today. 

Check out our cartwheel example video HERE!