Muscles to Strengthen for a Cartwheel

The cartwheel is executed along a single vertical airplane. With turn over head, the performer reduces the lead hand to the floor, kicks the opposite leg in the air, sets the liberty on the floor and raises the other leg. Energy must bring the legs back to the floor in the same order, while the gymnast raises hands from floor accordingly. Cartwheels work a number of muscles, it’s important to boost them for sufficient performance.

Rotator Cuff Muscles

A cartwheel takes the gymnast from a forward stance to a sideways execution. The lead shoulder must turn medially, from side to side. Rotator cuff muscles provide shoulder stability for such movement. Making up the rotator cuff are the supraspinatus, infraspinatis, tres minor and subscapularis muscles, along with their connective tendons. These muscles are reinforced with using pinheads or resistance bands.


While the cartwheel appears like an arm exercise, the shoulder muscles do much of the heavy lifting. Like the rotator cuff, the deltoids help in medial rotation. Furthermore, the deltoids affect the kidnapping activity of the arms at the shoulders. This is very important when returning to a standing position from the handstand. Once more, isometric workout with light dumbbells and resistance bands can build up the deltoids.

External Obliques

Balance is important for the cartwheel. Preserving the very same vertical aircraft asks for balance, as does smooth execution. Key to balance is a strong core, beginning with the external obliques. These muscles sit outside each side of the lower rib cage, they work when the upper body is either rotated, bent or flexed. Unless these muscles are bent to some degree, the cartwheel will collapse. Crunches on an exercise ball will isolate and strengthen these muscles.

Internal Obliques

The internal obliques sit under and almost perpendicular to the external obliques. They perform the exact same functions as the externals, except that the externals work the contrary sides of the upper body while the internals work the exact same side at which they’re placed. Moreover, the internal obliques press the abdomen, adding stability during the cartwheel. The internals benefit from the exact same exercises as the external oblique muscles, as these muscles frequently act as one.