Turtling is a breakdancing power move which combines strength and agility to spin from the turtle position into a circle using only your hands to hold you up. It takes time to build-up the arm strength to be able to perform this move, which makes it a heavy time-investment. Remember, breakdancing moves are difficult and occasionally dangerous. Always wear protective gear as necessary, and stretch before and after practicing.
Carelessness may result in injury. Breakdance at your own risk!
- Build up your arm strength. A general workout plan focusing on triceps, forearms, and pectorals will be the most efficient.
- Build up your abdomen strength. You'll be using your stomach as a point of balance, so it needs to be firm enough to support your weight. Starting a crunch/leg lift routine will help dramatically.
- Sit on your knees and plant your elbows firmly into your stomach, with your wrists facing inward.
- While still on your knees, spread your legs and lean forward onto your hands, making sure not to remove your elbow from your stomach.
- Tighten your abs and continue leaning forward, so that your forehead is six inches from the ground.
- Raise your knees and legs off of the ground, so you are only suspended by your arms. This is called the turtle position.
- Now you're going to begin rotating. Lean all your weight onto your left hand, and quickly move your right hand upwards.
- Lean all your weight into your right hand, then move your left hand slightly downward.
- By continuing to alternate your weight between your left and right hand, you begin to slowly spin counterclockwise.
- As you progress, move your hands faster and farther distances, and you'll spin very quickly. Good turtlers can spin 360 degrees in under a second!