To do a roundoff backhandspring make sure you get a good running start (because you start off with none)then run as fast as you can (the faster you go the better the backhand spring)and do a round-off.
Make sure before you jump you are in a standing position with your feet together, your knees together, and your arms by your ears. Put your chin down. Swing your arms down then forward and then go into a chair postion as you begin to lean backwards.And DON'T stop!!!!
Swing your arms above your head as you extend off the floor with a strong push from your legs and feet.
Let your legs drive you upward and backward. Point your toes and extend through your ankles. Make sure you keep your head back between your arms while you start to reach for the floor. Start to look for a landing spot on the mat.
Reaching the floor
Reaching the floor
Keep your body arched as your hands touch the floor or the mat, with your legs and lower body still following. Keep your hands either straight forward or turned in slightly. Spread your fingers a little, keep your feet together, and don't let your knees bend!
Swing your legs and feet over and snap them down firmly toward the floor. Keep your upper body straight. Do not lock your knees at this point or you will damage them.
Land with your legs slightly bent and swing your arms out straight in front of you.
8. Now you are finished doing the backhandspring.
9. Something that will help you is to act like you are a feather and to go back! Going back should help you make your backhandspring! If you don't know how long a back handspring should be you should lay flat and have someone put a foam block at your feet and one at your fingers!
* Make sure your arms are by your ears.
* Make sure you squeeze your body so that way YOU'RE in control
* Make sure you know how to bend back into a bridge before attempting this.
* Locate a reputable gymnastics school and find one that has been recommended to you by other students. Allow them to teach you how to do this. A trained coach is best because they know all the tricks and will show you how to do it right the first time.
* Add power to your back handspring by getting a running head start and doing a round-off first.
* Keep your arms locked straight to prevent falling on your head.
* When first learning, you can practice landing on your stomach on a mat first, instead of swinging your feet back to land upright. You can also try practicing by placing a pillow or a mattress behind you until you are ready, or practice your backbends until you get comfortable trying the back handspring.
* You may want to learn how to do a back walkover first, as it is like a back handspring in slow motion. This requires a good amount of flexibility, but if you can [Do a Back Walkover] then you shouldn't have trouble doing a back handspring.
* A good back handspring should cover a distance of about 6 - 8 feet (depending on your height). If you are landing near where you started, you are not leaning back far enough.
* Squeeze your feet together. It helps you stay tight, and makes it look much neater. Plus, It's the correct way to do a backhand spring.
* Don't forget the finish! It makes it look good! And don't forget to present!
* If you're tall it will be especially hard to keep your legs straight, so watch out for that. Also keep them squeezed together.
* Push off the ground with your shoulders, not your elbows.
* Put your hands close to your head and keep your body tight with your legs straight.
* If your feet come apart, you can put a cushion or hand grip (good for gymnastic classes) between the ankles. If the object goes flying out of your ankles, you need to work on your form.
* Always make sure that your hands AND fingers are locked together, because if you were to land on them wrong, it can result in serious pain.
* Without the guidance of a professional instructor, attempting a back handspring can result in serious injury, possibly even breaking your neck which often causes paralysis.
* Don't do back handsprings by yourself until your trainer or coach says you're ready!
* Make sure you know how to do a backbend kickover before attempting this...
* Make sure a mat that is decently thick is under you before you attempt this for the first time
* Even if your coach says you're ready,have him/her around when you try it for your first time
* Try it at home?Don't.Unless your mom or dad is around and you know they can catch you,better to
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