Back Handspring Drills
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A skill as old as the back handspring will have a thousand different drills to help learn it. This video represents a few of my favorites, but it is by no means exhaustive.
And of course, I don't own this music.
Goomba89:The drills/progressions in this video are designed to teach someone who is concerned with the shapes/technique necessary for successful competition. As an adult learning this skill, you might not be concerned with competitive perfection and may be more concerned with competency or even just completion. If this is the case, AND assuming fear is your only roadblock (i.e., you have a sufficient amount of strength and flexibility to get through the movements) then there are some things you can do which could help with the fear and be relatively safe while not having someone who can spot you.Does your gym have a pit? If so, throw a panel mat in the pit and stand on it. Face away from a length of the pit and attempt a backhandspring jumping off the panel mat into the loose foam. When your hands hit the foam you'll get absolutely no block and you'll really just collapse into a hollow shape face down in the foam. It's a horrible idea if your concern is perfection, but it will give you the feeling of jumping backwards and flipping, and show you whether or not you're jumping and stretching upside down enough. Once you can do that without fear, then find a resi-pit and stand on a block that is the same height as the resi, and do the same thing. This will imitate a backhandspring slightly better, while at the same time protecting you if you don't get all the way turned over or your arms give out.I wouldn't do these things with a child, but you are an adult so you can evaluate the risks/rewards yourself and make your own decisions. Sometimes, when it is physically impossible to spot someone in an ideal manner, you just have to make do with some creativity.