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Stay as tight as they possibly can! Pinch the penny! Ride your cradles!

You will start holding each of your base's shoulders. The spotter should call out a start, which will be something like "1,2, down, up!" You will bend your knees on "down" and "jump" into the bases hands on up. Shove off of the bases shoulders, holding your full weight by yourself. On the next down up, the bases will give a little down movement, then push up. As they are going up, straighten your knees and lock them stiff. When you are at the peak of the elevator, squeeze your buttocks together (pinch the penny), hollow out through your chest, stay balanced at the balls of your feet, stiffen you legs as hard as possible! This will make it much easier for both you and the bases. hit a high V and smile!

If the elevator is followed by a cradle, wait for a signal from the spotter. They should say something like, "Ready? Cradle. 1,2, down, up!" When they say ready, move your arms to a T. on the 1,2, down, up, stay STIFF AS POSSIBLE! DO NOT TRY TO JUMP OUT OF THEIR HANDS! At the word "up" you will be thrown into the air. ride to the peak of the toss, then bring your legs up and together in the pike position. Make sure your arms stay tight in a T, you don't want to hit your bases! Stay stiff when you land, don't bend your knees- it looks sloppy.

CONGRATS! You just did a perfect elevator! good luck.

Sources: I am a Flyer- I go through this experience many times a week.

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The flyer has to lock out their whole body so that they are lighter for their bases to carry and easier to lift. They also need to smile and be energetic so that it looks like they are having a good time, even when they're scared. :) Good luck!

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