6 Gymnastics Moves For Beginners

Going back to the basics. Where do you start? The first moves your beginner gymnasts should know are these six. Of course the more advanced the gymnast gets, the more advanced the moves. The basics should never be overlooked because they are the foundation for the gymnast’s skills.

Forward Roll

The starting body position is upright, hands reaching toward the ceiling. Gymnasts reach for the floor, tuck their chin, roll on the floor and come back up to a standing position. The key, Sharp says, is “looking at your belly button as you roll, having the upper back touch and not the head, and as you stand, reaching forward in a tuck position to finish.”


This move starts in a tall stance, one foot in front of the other. Gymnasts reach down with their hands, side by side and in line with their front leg. They kick their back foot over their head, then kick their front foot. They land in the lunge position, with the leg opposite of the one they started with in front. Their knee is bent, slightly behind the toes, and their base leg is straight. Their chin is up, their ribs are in.

Backward Roll

This move starts with a tall stance. Gymnasts then squat down on their heels, sit on the mat, roll backward, push off the ground and elevate into a standing position.


This move starts with a tall stance, one foot in front. Gymnasts reach for the ground, extending their legs to the air with their feet “kissing” when the body is vertical and upside down. Then they come down into the standing position.


The bridge starting position is on the back, hands next to the head with fingertips pointing toward the toes. Gymnasts bend their legs and place their feet on the floor and push with their arms and legs. They get their the arms straight and their head off the ground.

Back Bend/Back Bend Kick Over

The starting position is standing with arms straight up by the head. Gymnasts look at their hands and bend backward in a “U” shape until their hands touch the ground. Once this is mastered, they can kick their legs over their head and land on their on their feet in the lunge position.

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After studying graphic design at the University of Georgia, Jill held several positions in media and marketing including Art Director, Editor and Marketing Director. As a student of dance, she has spent plenty of time in children’s activity centers and puts that experience to work for her in the work she does with Jackrabbit. In addition to her interest in dance, Jill also enjoys sports, gourmet cooking, entertaining, singing and spoiling her five grandchildren.


  1. Mikayla August 27, 2020 at 11:30 PM - Reply

    Thanls for the super easy gymnastics flips. 😜

  2. adrik October 31, 2020 at 9:19 AM - Reply

    thank you

  3. Bristol November 18, 2020 at 4:43 PM - Reply

    Thank you

  4. Hailee Richard November 24, 2020 at 11:48 PM - Reply

    thanks for the easy skills !!😋

  5. Joan December 5, 2020 at 9:36 AM - Reply

    Thank you so much. It would be a big help to me most especially I am a beginner. You guys make it more manageable for me, especially with my Online class along the way😇😇

  6. angelinaa flores December 7, 2020 at 3:17 PM - Reply

    thank you so much

  7. samaria December 11, 2020 at 8:38 PM - Reply

    i love gymastics

  8. krystal December 23, 2020 at 11:49 AM - Reply

    this helped alot

  9. Jiana January 8, 2021 at 9:04 PM - Reply

    Thank you for the skills my daughter has already learned how to do a front walkover now

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      Molly Stroud January 11, 2021 at 11:47 AM - Reply

      So happy to hear that, Jiana 🙂

  10. zoe January 12, 2021 at 3:00 AM - Reply

    thank you i love gym

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      Molly Stroud January 12, 2021 at 8:28 AM - Reply

      Awesome! I hope you keep learning and loving gymnastics!

  11. Ava Corey January 27, 2021 at 5:31 PM - Reply

    this was very helpful!! i am teaching my neighbor basic skills.

  12. kate February 12, 2021 at 2:37 PM - Reply

    thank you so much

  13. Alice May 21, 2021 at 5:23 PM - Reply

    I masterd all but one and its super hard its the backbend i have tried and tried i just can’t do it

  14. Hira July 31, 2021 at 6:02 AM - Reply

    Plz tell me simple turn skills

  15. Malee August 10, 2021 at 10:33 PM - Reply


  16. Anonymous November 25, 2021 at 2:32 AM - Reply

    Can you add pictures so I know how to do them correctly?

  17. Grace December 3, 2021 at 7:06 PM - Reply

    Thank you I love it!

  18. Kapycatco December 16, 2021 at 1:48 PM - Reply

    i can’t do the cartwheel only

  19. Breno Andrade April 6, 2022 at 7:13 PM - Reply

    hi!! thanks for this, it help me for my homework… I from brasil in here they moviments are not famous 😁

  20. Zoe April 17, 2022 at 11:04 AM - Reply

    Thanks it helped me so much

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