Tumbling and gymnastics

Tumbling is a form of gymnastics performed without props or equipment. Also referred to as floor gymnastics, common moves performed in tumbling include flips, somersaults, tucks, handstands and handsprings. While some moves in the floor routines seen in the Olympics can be considered tumbling, tumbling does not feature the same elements of formal dance associated with rhythmic gymnastics. Some sports, like cheerleading, typically use tumbling moves.

Most people are familiar with the sport from gymnastics at the Olympics. In gymnastics athletes perform acrobatic maneuvers like leaps, turns, flips, handstands and more on a variety of equipment.