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Back Walkover


How to do a back walkover
© 2009 Paula Tribble

Definition: A back walkover is performed on floor and beam, and is considered a basic skill in gymnastics.

In a back walkover, the gymnast starts in a standing position, then:

  • Lifts one leg up and arches back until his/her hands touch the ground
  • Pushes off the leg on the ground and shifts his/her weight to his/her hands
  • Passes through a handstand position, with legs close to or in a split position
  • Steps down from the handstand
A back walkover requires flexibility in the gymnast's shoulders, back, and legs.


Alternate Spellings: Backwalkover, Back walk over

Examples: How to do a back walkover

Hollie Vise does a back walkover before her dismount (at 1:30)

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