Gymnastics Vault - Exercise 02

Gymnastics Vault - Exercise 02

This is kinda like gymnastic vaulting exercise 01, but now you don't put your knees on the table anymore. After this exercise you can try the tiger vault (also knows as cat vault) and then try the gymnastic handstand on the vaulting table. Find more instructions for the vault at gymnastics main.


  • Run towards the gymnastic vaulting table and swing your arms forward from behind the back.
  • After the last step, jump onto the reuther-springboard and close your legs. Swing your arms forward up and keep your upper body firm.
  • Bounce off the springboard and extend your knees and your elbows.
    Swing up your arms like in the first gymnastic vaulting exercise and don't relax your abs. Jump towards the straight area of the vaulting table.
  • Put your hands on the tongue of the table (fingers point straight forward), keep your elbows extended and now bend your knees.
  • Then put your feet on the table. Make sure your elbows stay extended.
  • Finally stand up, raise your arms and then jump down onto the landing mats. Keep your body aligned vertically and look straight forward as you jump down.
  • Try to land in a stuck landing. The sooner you get used to this, the better. A stuck landing is when you land on both legs at the same and don't make an extra step. Look straight forward and keep your arms up. You can bend you knees slightly as you land, but don't sit down.


  • Even though this exercise is just a preparation, it is often seen in kids gymnastics competitions.
  • This is one of the first gymnastic vaulting exercises you should learn. Even advanced gymnastics often do this exercises as a warm-up.