Spotting a Back Hand spring

Here’s a great video on spotting a back hand spring. If you’ve never done this move before, it can be quite scary the first time, so having a spotter, while not essential, is very helpful.

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I really like the quote, “The spotter is not responsible for making sure you land on your feet, the spotter is responsible for making sure you do not land on your head.”

This same spotting technique can be done from a standing position, but besides that, it’s the same as what I learned from my gymnastics coach.

Also when doing the back handspring, it can be helpful of thinking about sitting in a chair position before launching. This gives you the proper launching position you need.

For more information including how to learn back hand springs and back flips without a spot I recommend you check out Get Your Backflip Now. Since not everyone has a coach or training partner available to them, it’s a smart option to have.

Try out the back hand spring with this method and then switch people, spotting the back handspring yourself. Leave your comments below.

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3 Responses to Spotting a Back Hand spring

  1. Andy April 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    Hey, this is a great share, Logan.

    I’ve been teaching this move for a lot of years, and I still learned a couple of things that can help me spot better. Handsprings are scary enough to learn, so anything that helps your spotter do a better job speeds up the learning curve.

    • admin April 9, 2012 at 11:42 am #

      @Andy: Yeah having a spotter that knows what he (or she) is doing is one of the best things to help get over that fear. You have to trust them to protect you and get you through the movement.


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