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How to Backflip


#1

hey guys, im 16 and play soccer. i want to know how to backflip (to celebrate when i score lol). Anyone know the technique on how to backflip and some good exercises or technique drills?
thanks


#2

http://www.trickstutorials.com/index.php?page=content/t_backflip

There are a ton more tutorials on the web.

Find a big, soft mat, like a high jumping landing mat to practice. Even better would be going to a gymnastics place during the open gym, you might even get help from a coach.

Key points:
- JUMP STRAIGHT UP
- use your arms on the jump
- wait to tuck until the top of the jump
- tuck tightly

Explosive ab work will help the tuck, like hanging knee raises. The biggest obstacle is getting over the fear. Once you do that, its smooth sailing.


#3

#4

Definitely. Back flips are easy. Much easier than front flips. You just have to get over the fear of going back and not seeing where you're going.


#5

Hey that's a pretty badass website.


#6

Step One: Play Football Instead

Step Two: Go across the middle

Step Three: Jump to catch a pass

Step Four: Get destroyed by a middle line backer

Step Five: Ass over tea-kettle

Step Six: Land

Step Seven: Repeat


#7

It's how I learned. The dude who runs that website also frequents T-Nation. club540.com has some good stuff, and there are some serious b-boy sites out there.