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How to Do a Back Walkover

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Back Walkover: Bridge with Leg Up
Do a bridge with one leg up to learn a back walkover
© 2009 Paula Tribble
Can you do a solid bridge stretch? Then you're ready to start working on a back walkover. The first step:
  • Push up to a bridge, and lift one leg as high as you can.
  • Work up to a position where you can lift your leg so it points straight up to the ceiling. This helps you learn how to balance with your hands and only one leg, and improves your flexibility, too.
  • Be sure to practice lifting each of your legs. Though you will most likely do a back walkover with the same leg supporting you each time, it's still helpful to be able to do this drill on both legs.

A Warning: These tips are not meant in any way to replace a knowledgeable coach. About.com and Amy Van Deusen cannot be held responsible for any accidents in gymnastics – it is an inherently risky sport and you must be sure to take the necessary safety precautions such as proper progressions, the right matting and the use of spotters. By reading this article you agree that any advice you follow is at your own risk.

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