How to do a back handspring
by Alice Fisher
- You need to have a back walkover
- A mat or trampoline
- A spot (a person to support you when you do it)
- Doing this can be VERY dangerous, it could leave you with major injuries.
- Always know exactly what you are doing and do it with care.
- Make sure the spot can support all of your weight!
- If you go to a gym club ask your coach for some tips to keep safe!
- It doesn't matter where you do it!
- I would recommend to do it in a gymnastics gym or a tumble track.
- You could even do it in your back yard (with parents supervision).
- Start with a simple back walkover.
- You should very confident with this step to do a back handspring.
- Having a back walkover is the most important step!
Jump back walkover
- Start adding a little jump at the start.
- Gradually make you jump a little bit bigger.
- Make sure you warm up your wrists before trying this!
- Ask your spot to help if you having trouble.
Bring your legs together
- During your back walkover try to bring your legs together in a pike.
- Ask your spot to support you while you do this.
- Try doing this on a trampoline or a mat!
Back handspring with spot or coach
- Ask an experienced spot or coach that can do a back handspring to help you do a back handspring, on a tumble track or mat!
- DO NOT TRY AND DO IT ON YOUR OWN ON YOUR FIRST TRY!
- Practice this until you are comfortable doing this with a spot.
Trampoline back handspring
- Tell your spot or coach to gradually to take their hands away.
- Only go in your comfort zone, as this can be dangerous!
- You should eventually be doing on your own!
Back handspring on mat
- Ask your spot to help you on a mat, doing a back handspring.
- Again tell your spot to gradually take their hands away but still stay near by.
- If you have done all these steps you are ready for the ground!
- Ask you spot to help you once again!
- Tell them to gradually take their hands away.
Mat: A cushioned surface which will make if a little bit safer to do a back handspring, if you fall.
Spot: A person who will support you while you do the move, should be a friend, family member or gym coach.
Tumble track: A long trampoline that allows you to do long routines.