17 Videos for Practicing Gymnastics at Home

Here are a collection of videos to help you practice gymnastics at home. They are organized by the skill you are trying to master, or the event on which you want to improve. You can click on the gymnastics skill or event below to find the right videos. Not every exercise in the videos can be done at home. These videos are only meant to give you an idea of some ways to do gymnastics at home.

Because of all the videos in this post, if it doesn’t load on your phone or iPad, you might need to view it on a computer.

DO NOT ATTEMPT ANY EXERCISE FOR WHICH YOU DON’T HAVE THE PROPER EQUIPMENT. IF YOU ARE UNDER 18, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PARENTAL SUPERVISION AND PERMISSION.

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Master the Handstand

 1. Teaching Handstands to 6 Year Olds


This video, filmed at Bounce Gymnastics, has some great drills for practicing handstands. Only some of them can be done at home.

Even though the video title says 6 year olds, these exercises are good for any beginner.

The beginning of the video has drills on learning positions which are great for practicing at home. The video goes through the lunge, the lunge-T-lunge, and the straight position. Your gymnast can do these pretty much anywhere.

Be careful before having your gymnast trying any of the strength and flexibility drills at home. You don’t want your gymnast to hurt herself doing something she isn’t flexible enough to do.

The handstand against the wall drills help gymnasts practice their body shapes and get comfortable with being vertical. These are a perfect way for your gymnast to practice at home.

Do not try the handstand fall to your back drills unless you have a proper 8 inch mat. This drill can be done in the gym.

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Check out more drills and exercises for learning how to do a handstand.

 Practice Roundoffs

2. Round off Progressions


This video was filmed at Bounce-Hartland Sports Center.

Many of the drills shown in this video, Roundoff Progressions, can be done at home. Obviously the drills requiring a spot, and the drills that involve a resi mat can’t!

In the beginning of the video, the gymnast does a cartwheel and a cartwheel step-in. To practice on a straight line like she does, you can make a line with athletic tape on a panel mat.

The Lunge T-Holds are a great exercise your gymnast can do at home, focusing on keeping her body really tight with all her muscles squeezed.

The hurdle arm swings your gymnast can practice at home with light weights. Along with the needles with a band.

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Check out more drills and exercises for learning how to do a roundoff.

Learn to Leap Higher

3. Developing Leaps & Jumps- Tammy Biggs

This is a clip from the Developing Leaps & Jumps DVD by Tammy Biggs. In this video she describes a simple trick to improve your gymnast’s leaps.

Leaps are a great gymnastics exercise to practice at home. Your gymnast can practice them on a panel mat (along with her splits!).

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Check out more drills and exercises for learning how to do a split leap.

Back Extension Roll Drills

4. Back Extension Rolls 2.0


The first exercise in this video is spiderman-against-the-wall with the gymnast’s hands turned in for back extension roll conditioning. This is an easy exercise to add to your gymnast’s day at home if she is trying to master her back extension roll (perhaps for Level 4).

The backward pike roll can easily be practiced at home on a panel mat.

Practicing a back extension roll down a wedge, and off a panel mat are ways of making the skill slightly easier so that the gymnast can practice, and perfect her body position and form.

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Practice Straddle Press Handstands

5. Straddle Press Handstand Progressions

This video was filmed at Bounce-Hartland Sports Center.

Not all of these press handstand drills can be done at home, but many of them can.

In the beginning of the video, the arm exercises using the band and the weights are great ways to increase gymnast’s arm strength at home so they have the strength to do a press handstand.

The tuck planche holds are done using a set of paralettes. If you practice these at home, make sure you have a panel mat underneath your gymnast.

You can do the Pike Drag Ups at home using a panel mat, and something that would slide across the mat like a coloring book or you can use the sliders linked below.

The press handstand drills against the wall you can do at home, by putting a panel mat against the wall for padding.

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Check out more drills and exercises for learning how to do a press handstand.

Learn to Stick a Back Walkover on Beam

6. Gold Medal Gymnastics Drills: Balance Beam featuring Coach Amanda Borden

This video is a clip from the training DVD Gold Medal Gymnastics Drills: Balance Beam featuring Coach Amanda Borden. Amanda Borden was the captain of the gold-medal winning US 1996 Summer Olympic team.

I was debating whether to include this video in this post, because it doesn’t have any drills for learning a back walkover. It only has drills for how to make sure your gymnast sticks her back walkover on beam (like for Level 5). But I have gotten several emails about sticking a back walkover on beam recently, so it made the list!

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Check out more drills and exercises for learning how to do a backwalkover on beam.

Bar Drills

7. Gymnastics: Introductory Uneven Bar Drills- Preteam, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4

The beginning of this video has excellent exercises you can do for more awareness of the body shapes you need for bars. These are great exercises you can do at home to improve on bars.

The hollow holds on floor is a great exercise to do if you don’t have a bar.

If your gymnast is trying to learn a kip, around 4:30 the gymnast demonstrates a couple kip drills that can be done at home if you have a bar and a block.

Smaller gymnasts can practice the glide drills at home with a home bar.

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8. Casting


The beginning of this video has some drills perfect for doing gymnastics at home.

The drills with the floor bar help the gymnast practice the body position she will need to do big casts on the bar, and eventually do cast handstands and other high level bar skills. They are also great strength exercises.

Do not practice the cast handstand drills at the end of the video on a home bar– it won’t be sturdy enough.

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Check out more drills and exercises for learning how to do a cast handstand.

Learn a Kip

9. Teaching Glides to 6 Year Olds

Before your gymnast learns how to kip, she must first learn how to glide. This video has some great beginner gymnastics bar exercises. Most of these glide drills can be done at home with a home bar.

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10. The Kipping Process: Part 1


This video has conditioning, strength and form drills for learning a kip. This is the best way to “practice a kip” at home. Having the strength needed, and knowing the proper body positions are the most important things needed in order to successfully do a kip.

The hanging drills shown in the beginning of the video, and towards the end of the video can be done at home on either a home bar if the gymnast is short enough, or on a pull-up bar.

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11. The Kipping Process Parts II and III

Only some of the drills in this video can be done at home. I’ve included the video though so you can see how the conditioning you did in the Kipping Process part I, will help you advance to parts II and III.

Do not attempt the drill where the gymnast jumps to her knees on a mat.

If your gymnast has a bar at home, she can try the drill where the gymnast slides her feet along the mat with a piece of paper.

The drill “Stick kips off edge of panel/low block mat” (at about 4 minutes in) where the gymnast uses a piece of PVC pipe is a great drill to do at home along the edge of a folded up panel mat.

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Check out more drills and exercises for learning how to do a kip.

Beam Drills You Can Do at Home

12. Posture for Beam 1

I love this video as a great exercise for all level gymnasts to practice and improve at home.  This video is by the elite gymnastics coach Mary Lee Tracy, who has coached many Olympians.

This video describes and demonstrates correct beam posture. You can practice this at home on a low beam. Practicing correct beam posture will help you improve your beam routine and your score.

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13. Core Strength for Beam 2

This is another video by famed gymnastics coach Mary Lee Tracy. In this video she shows you exercises to strengthen your core for some of the different body positions you need for beam.

I’ve linked the weights she mentions in the video. But if you have a young or beginner gymnast, I would start out with a lighter weight.

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Back Handspring Drills

14. Back Handspring Drills

This is a video with back handspring drills done at Bounce. I’m just going to remind you again, please don’t attempt any of the drills in this video that require a spot, or those for which you don’t have the proper equipment.

I love the hollow hold drills at the beginning of this video. These drills are a great way to practice gymnastics at home. They are good for many skills, not just back handsprings. Your gymnast can do some of the handstand hold drills towards the beginning of the video against a wall with a panel mat laid against it.

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Check out more drills and exercises for learning how to do a back handspring.

Front Handspring Drills

15. Front Handspring on Floor

This is another video done at Bounce, with front handspring drills. Most of these drills cannot be done at home, but I think this video shows the importance of mastering a handstand in order to learn a front handspring.

Handstands can easily be practiced at home against a wall.

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Strength and Body Shape Exercises

16. Gymnastics Strengthening Exercises

This is a great video with Megan and Ciera from Seven Gymnastics Girls showing you strength exercises you can do at home for your arms, core and legs.

All of these exercises can be done at home. And anytime you increase your strength, it will help you improve at gymnastics.

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17. Developing Body Shapes for Gymnastics


This video is a clip from the Developing Body Shapes for Gymnastics DVD by Tammy Biggs. In the video the gymnasts do a drill to develop gymnasts shoulder and back muscles.

This exercise is perfect to add to your gymnast’s at home conditioning routine. She has one right? 😉

If you’re looking for other ideas to do gymnastics at home, check out 10 exercises you can do to improve your gymnastics skills.

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  • Lilliana J Watling December 8, 2016, 3:44 pm

    This is very helpful,
    could you do something on handstand foward rolls?

    thanks…..Lilliana

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