My name is Kari Pearce, and I'm a personal trainer at The New York Health and Racquet Club. Back in the day, I was a national champion in gymnastics. So let's talk tumbling. This video is on the beginning steps to becoming flexible for gymnastics and tumbling. Flexibility is essential in order to perform the difficult tricks as well as prevent injury. Flexibility is very important in gymnastics. I'm going to show you three different moves that can help improve your flexibility. The first is a split. This is stretch number one. The second stretch is a middle split. It's performed like this. You can even do it on your elbows or you can put your chest to the ground as you become more advanced. The third is a split on the other leg. It is important to be equally flexible on both sides to be successful. In order to increase your flexibility as quickly as possible, I would suggest stretching five times a week. I would suggest holding your splits for a minute at a time in each three directions. I would perform this five times on each leg. The second move is going to be a bridge which stretches your hip flexors and shoulders. Two moves that use the bridge position are back walkers and back handsprings. The third is going to be a pike. The pike is done by putting your chest to your knees. This is also very important for hamstring flexibility. In order to increase your flexibility in the pike position, you can use a partner to pull your hands forward. Today I'm just going to do it by myself but keep in mind that can help.