Developing a proper handspring form is vital for gymnasts, cheerleaders, and dancers as it's a foundational skill for many complex manoeuvres. To improve your technique in no time, try these three easy drills from the Royal All Stars Cheer & Dance Academy!
1. Resistance Band Swings
Improve arm swing and strength with the help of a resistance band. They are versatile and can be used for various exercises such as band pull-apart and lateral raises.
2. Back Handspring Shoulder Pops
To help athletes get the feel of opening their shoulders, extending their arms and elongating their torso before touching the floor in a back handspring, try this rocking motion using a smart spotter or an octagon. This will help athletes learn to focus on tightening and squeezing their bodies when performing the skill.
3. Back Handspring To Handstand
Before attempting this drill, athletes need to make sure they are confident in doing a regular handstand. This is a great way to fix bent legs and improve handstand form, toe drive and tightness before snapping down at the end of a back handspring!
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