The Best Tool For Learning New Tricks Is

You want to know why there’s been a sudden progressing of every single X-Games athlete spinning double flips and double corks everywhere? Trampolines.

Sure, part of it may be that it always takes one person to set the bar before everyone follows, but the trampoline has without a doubt made learning tricks much, much easier for new up and coming athletes. Most snowboarders didn’t learn tricks into a foam pit and into air bags 5-10 years ago. Most riders just learnt it the old fashioned way by hucking yourself off jumps or into powder.

You ever noticed how the podium of nearly every slopestyle competition has been dominated by Red Bull athletes? That’s what happens when you combine naturally talented athletes with amazing trampoline and aerial coaches. It’s no wonder their whole team is spinning double corks everywhere you look.

How does it work exactly?

Many snowboard tricks are essentially aerial manoeuvres with a plank strapped to your foot. What most young up and comers do these days is learn and practice all the aerial movements on trampolines and foam pits first.

If they want to learn a double cork, they’ll learn a double cork on a trampoline first, before attempting it on snow. This gives them the advantage of having a better aerial awareness’ for the trick and having a better idea of how to initiate and rotate the spin.

Why trampolines rock:

  • You get used to the feeling of being upside down (aerial awareness)
  • You figure out how to alter your body position to affect your rotation
  • Low risk

How can I utilize trampolines

Look online for your local trampoline facility. They’re usually located inside gyms and community halls or sometimes in newer trampoline specific facilities. You should book coaching and training as well, which will help you to learn the dynamics of going upside down. It’s also a really great way to practice new grabs.

The first backflip and frontflip I did was on a trampoline, and it’s actually really, really easy to do. I wouldn’t recommend learning upside down spins by yourself, but it quite easy to do if you have someone to support you during your flip to make sure you make it the whole way around.

You don’t want to land on your head, so make sure you have someone who knows what they’re doing helping you out.

Good luck and happy flipping!

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Comments

  1. Most definitely! I wanted to buy a large trampoline enclosure at home but my older bro is all too scared for the fear of it breaking down the road. I went to a trampoline gym a few times but the way the mats are set up to cover such a large area, you don’t get to jump as high as you would normally on a regular trampoline which sucks especially if you’re light weight. So yeah, I still can’t even do a front flip! XD

    • I love trampolines, so much fun! Frontflips are pretty easy, if you can backflip you can frontflip too.

      Just get a couple of people who know how to assist a flip properly to stand on each side of you to guide your first rotation with their hands.

  2. Just off the record: doing static frontflips (meaning, you stand on your feet, jump, rotate forwards and land on the ground with your feet) is way harder than static backflips. This is because with a backflip you can initiate much more energy in the momentum of the rotation when you jump up using your legs.
    On trampolines it’s pretty much the same for a front-/backflip because you get a lot of energy from the trampoline, not just only from your legs’ momentum.

    I’ve done gymnastics for many years, and I can say that inexperienced people without guidance just do random flips on trampolines and tend to look over their shoulder when doing backflip or looking sideways over their shoulder when doing a frontflip. You also see this a lot on those random youtube clips. This is not only ugly to watch, but bad to learn a flip because when flipping, your whole body should stay aligned, not torsioned. Once you’re used to the “going over your head” feeling you can concentrate on more difficult moves.

    Proper guidance from licensed trainers is the key aspect here.

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