I’m Mandy Butler on behalf of Expert Village
and we’re going to talk about tumble track warm ups today. The second part of our tumble
track warm up is going to be a backward straight jump. We already talked about how important
it is for your body to be correctly aligned to get you ready for more advanced skills,
so that’s going to be the same kind of thing here. The reason I’m having you jump backwards
is so you can really get used to pushing through your feet and propelling your body up and
back like you would in a back handspring. A lot of people have problems initiating their
back handspring and the very first thing you need to learn how to do is jump and back so
you’re not diving straight into the ground. This is essential as far as the drill is concerned
to learn the back handspring. Again, I’m going to have my arms up nice and tight. Elbows
locked. Same as before. I’m going to squeeze my legs together. My ankles are together.
My bottom is nice and tight. My chest is up. My head is raised. I’m going to jump backwards
the exact same way I jumped forwards. Notice how I go up and back and I’m not just going
straight up as I did in the forward straight jump. Backwards straight jumps and a nice
hollow body position essential to learn the back handspring.