Front Walkover - Artistic Gymnastics

Front Walkover - Artistic Gymnastics

In this lesson you will learn how to do a gymnastic front walkover. Walkovers are usually only practiced by girls, because a lot of back flexibility is required. Before you try the front walkover, you should learn how to go into the bridge from the handstand. Find more gymnastics instructions at artistic gymnastics main.


  • Stand upright with your arms fully extended and your fingers pointing straight up. Head and upper arms stick together during the whole exercise.
  • Put your hands down like if you were going to do a gymnastic handstand.
  • Swing your right leg up and spread your legs. The left leg should not leave the floor too early. Fully extend both knees and your elbows.
  • When your right legs starts moving down, push your shoulders back a little (to where you came from) and look down to your hands. Don't raise your head too early.
  • As soon as you right leg touched the floor, your hands can leave the floor. But keep looking to your hands and keep your arms close to your ears.
  • Stand up, exhale and keep your left leg high. It would actually be a good exercise if you tried not to let your left leg touch the floor again.
  • At the end you should look 45 degrees up (not down to the floor).


  • If you can already do the gymnastic front handspring, it will be a lot easier to learn the front walkover.
  • Shoulder flexibility is very important for the front walkover.
  • Exercise 1: Go from the gymnastic handstand to a bridge and then try to stand up onto your feet.
  • Exercise 2: Do plant your hands on mats.
  • As your coach to assist you.