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How to Do a Front Aerial on the Beam
A front aerial on the beam, is a common gymnastics level 9/10 skill. It could really help your routine get better, and it's a very impressive skill to show your friends, and teammates! This article will give you some tips to land those tricks!
Getting ready to try a front aerial on the beam
Stretch well.It's safer if you stretch for at least 10 to 15 minutes, before attempting difficult skills.
Practice on the floor, and along a line.A couple of prerequisites, (things you need to be able to do first) are a front walkover on the beam/line. Also, you'll need to be comfortable doing a front aerial, on the floor and line first. This will make it less likely to hurt yourself seriously.
Get comfortable with the four inch high/low beam.Most gymnasts at this level are already comfortable with the beam, but others may still have some fear doing harder tricks, and flips. Here are some tips to get comfortable with the beam:
- Practice walking on it forwards, backwards, sideways, and in releve.
- Practice jumps and turns, like half and full turns, and split jumps/leaps.
- Practice easier skills like cartwheels, handstands, and back walkovers.
Try it with a spot.The first time you do a front aerial on the beam, wide or thin, it must be with a spot. This is not a cartwheel, or a forward roll––it's an aerial, which is no-handed, requiring extra precaution.
Ask your gymnastics coach, or someone who can do it perfectly, in a coach's opinion, if you're ready to try it on your own.
Doing a front aerial on a balance beam
Stand in a lunge with your non-dominant leg forward.This means placing your bad leg forwards.
Kick your good leg forwards, and lean forwards, with good balance.
Unlike a front walkover, push off your foot instead of your hands, to flip into the air.
Complete the aerial with your legs split, with a fast circling motion.
Avoid over circling, by landing on your bad leg, with just a slight touch on your good leg.
Finish in a lunge, gracefully.
QuestionIf I am a kid how would I keep my balance? Most of the things have pictures of actual gymnasts, so how will a normal (maybe non-flexible) person do it without getting injuries?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou will get better at keeping balance the more you practice. As for being flexible you just need to stretch everyday and you will get more flexible everyday. You probably won't be able to tell you're getting more flexible, but you are.Thanks!
QuestionCan you do a front aerial if you can't do the splits?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. A front aerial is just like a front walk-over or front handspring step out with no hands.Thanks!
- Have a front walkover on the beam before attempting this.
- Have it perfectly on the floor, most gymnasts have it on floor at level 7.
- Keep your legs straight, to prevent injury, even if it's harder to push off your foot.
- Stand tall, not forwards, so you get higher in your aerial.
- Remember that this an aerial, not a salto (flip without legs split), so make sure to keep your legs split at 120% or at 180%, depending on your skill level.
- Don't be sad if you don't get it the first time, the second time, for weeks, months, or years. Just try to improve every day, and practice. The truth is, this is a hard and tricky skill to even master (be able to do easily) on the floor.
- Make sure you know your safety falls. You might have a few falls on your first few attempts, and you should know how to land safely at level 1 an up, or before you even walk on the high beam.
- This is a dangerous skill, so don't go crazy and try it without having all the basics roundly sorted.
- Make sure your coach knows about you doing it on your own.
- You never know when you'll fall, so have some soft mats, under the beam, the first few times you try this skill.
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