What is tumbling?


In gymnastics, tumbling, also known as power tumbling combines some of the skills of artistic gymnastics on the floor with those of trampolining. It is practised on a 25 metre long sprung floor (track). It was developed from tumbling performances performed by entertainers from very early times but as a sport is now codified, regulated and judged and performed using standardised specialised equipment.

This sport is practised by both men and women. Competitors perform two routines (passes), each containing 8 skills along the sprung floor (track), usually starting with a Round-off, Barani, or Rudi (the Barani and Rudi are forward, twisting somersaults) followed by a series of back flips and/or whips (a fast, long back somersault done in a straight body position) ending in a 'dismount' skill. Only the feet and hands are allowed to make contact with the floor (track).

Governed by rules established by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG), tumbling is one of the gymnastic disciplines. Many elements of tumbling are also practised on Floor by participants of both Women's Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) and Men's Artistic Gymnastics (MAG). Tumbling elements such as the round-off and back flip are commonly integrated into the beam routines of gymnasts.
Tumbling has only been an Olympic gymnastics event once, at the 1932 Summer Olympics, and was a demonstration event in 1996 and 2000. It is one of the events of the World Games. There is an annual World Championships held in conjunction with the Trampoline World Championships.

Benefits of tumbling

Tumbling at Palmer’s Gym provides endless fun and many fitness benefits to children of all ages and even adults.

Participation in structured tumbling activities has proven fitness benefits to children of all fitness levels. Athletes as well as children reluctant to begin physical activities have taken advantage of the numerous fitness and academic benefits that tumbling at Palmer’s Gym offers.

Such benefits include the development of bi-lateral motor skills, balance, coordination, as well as cardio-vascular fitness, strength, flexibility and agility. In addition, visual and body control, confidence and self-esteem necessary for success in the classroom improve. Gymnasts, cheerleaders, divers, skaters and skiers all benefit from the use of tumbling floors as tools to improve their sport specific skills.

Palmer’s Gym provides a comprehensive Tumbling program with all children (and adults!) in mind!

At Palmer’s Gym, your child will learn:

Increased Physical Benefits:

  • Coordination, Strength & Flexibility
  • Solid foundation for Fitness
  • Cross training for a variety of
  • sports and recreational activities
  • Strong balance skills

Increased Psychological Benefits:

  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Goal setting skills and concentration
  • Social interaction with peers

Strong Character Values

  • Respect for self and others
  • Dedication and perseverance
  • Responsibility
  • Teamwork and sportsmanship

Who tumbles / participates? Every BODY can participate! No AGE limits! No boundaries! NO FEAR!