How to Do a Handstand Forward Roll

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Before doing a handstand forward roll, it's important to be confident in one's own ability to do a handstand. Jump over the head and finish in a tall, tight body when doing a handstand forward roll with help from a gymnastics coach in this free video on gymnastics and tumbling.

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Hi, my name is Caroline, and I'm here with Katy at Encore Gymnastics, and today we're going to teach you how to a handstand forward roll. You always want to make sure that you stretch beforehand. Katy's going to show you how to stretch your wrists. Very good. And, stretch her neck. You want to go side to side and up and down. You can roll forward, but don't ever roll backwards, it's bad for your neck. She's also going to show you a pike stretch. Stretch the back of your legs, reach up, breathe in and out. And you're going to want to hold this for about thirty seconds. Very good. Come on up. Before you do a handstand forward roll you want to make sure you know how to do a handstand and a forward roll. So Katy's going to show you the handstand first. Lunge, lever, handstand, hold. Come back down, finish. And she's going to show you the forward roll. Arms up, feet together, jump over your head, finish in a tall, tight body. Very good. So those are the two skills separately. When you do them together, you're going to do a lunge. You're going to go to your handstand. You want to hold this for two seconds. Push up through your shoulders, and roll on to the ground. Finish standing up tall. Katy did it with straight arms. You can either do it with straight arms or bent arms. For beginners, a lot of times you want to do it with bent arms, because it feels a little more comfortable, there isn't so much falling. So, handstand. Tuck your head in, bend your arms and roll. You want to be sure that you don't land on top of your head, 'cause that'll hurt your neck. And I'm going to go ahead and let Katy do it on her own with straight arms. Handstand, one, two. Push tall. And finish tight and tall. And that's how you do a handstand forward roll.

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