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Add Cartwheels to Your Training

You used to do cartwheels. They were a part of school recess fun. You’d do cartwheels in PE class just to pass the time between bouts of tug of war. … They’re a fun and youthful demonstration of joy, but cartwheels are also a good way to develop balance, flexibility and strength and a great way to test yourself in these capacities. Best of all, cartwheels can be done nearly anywhere and you need no special equipment.

Firstly, let’s not forget that the seemingly modest cartwheel is ultimately a gymnastics maneuver. Most anyone can do at least a limited version. Some folks can kick their feet halfway above their head and then come to rest on all fours, while others can make it up to a decent handstand yet end up landing on their knees. These demonstrations are not a disgrace, simply a lack of grace. A well performed cartwheel is beautiful in its seemingly effortless simplicity. To do a good one you need to employ a modicum of balance, flexibility and strength plus a good supply of confidence. And confidence comes with practice.