How to Do a Back Handstand

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A back handstand, or a back limber, is a gymnastics technique that requires a gymnast to stretch their wrists and ankles. Pull up through the stomach muscles when performing a back handstand with help from a gymnastics coach in this free video on gymnastics and tumbling.

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Hi, my name is Caroline and this is Katie, and we're here at Encore Gymnastics, and today we're going to teach you how to do a back handstand. This is also called a back limber. When you stretch for this activity, you're going to stretch your wrists and ankles. Good, and ankles, very good. And the other stretch that you're going to do is a bridge. You're going to lay down on your back, put your hands next to your ears upside down, and push all the way up. You want to get your shoulders over your hands, your feet together and your legs straight. Very good. You can rock this stretch back and forth to stretch those shoulders, and you can come on down. Very good. Alright, to start this skill, what we're going to do is Katie is going to stand with her arms up. She can start with her feet apart if she's a beginner, she can put them together if she's advanced. She's going to reach all the way up, all the way back into that bridge position. As soon as her hands hit, her feet are going to go up in the air, she is going to make that nice, tight, tall handstand body and then bring her feet right back down to her hands and finish up tall again. So let's see that again. Reaching tall, bending back and jump, pull through your tummy muscles and down to the ground. Very good. That's how you do a back handstand.

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