Back flips can help you develop strength and flexibility.
Doing a back flip requires power, dexterity and control. If you're a novice, seek out a trained gymnastics instructor for guidance; you'll need to keep your spine and neck stable and protected. Although there's an element of risk involved, successfully executing this move imparts physical and emotional benefits. If nothing else, you'll have mastered a crowd-pleasing party trick that not everyone will be able to perform.
Developing Strength and Power
Suppleness and Flexibility
Another benefit of doing a back flip is that you'll develop a supple, flexible upper body. During the back flip, while your legs are powering the up-and-over motion, your abdominal muscles, back muscles and spine are working to create a tight, smooth hub for the вЂњspokesвЂќ of your legs. Contracting through the core, curling the spine and rotating through the shoulders to swing your arms all contributes to overall flexibility. Developing flexibility can help protect you from injury during daily life or other sports activities.
Coordination and Balance
Back flips are powerful, but they take place very quickly. It takes coordination and control to jump, kick out, curl up and flip in near-simultaneous motion. Learning to coordinate movements in the correct sequence will boost your coordination, increasing dexterity. Completing the landing takes balance because you're quickly transferring the weight of your body, and the flip's momentum, to your two feet. Lack of balance can result in falling down after completing the back flip. As with flexibility, increased coordination can help keep you safe in your daily life and when practicing other sports, according to the Champaign Gymnastics Academy. Balance is also needed to land a back flip, as described by Legendary Strength. Proper balance can help you avoid falling or hurting yourself in gymnastics and out in the world.
Flip Away Your Fears
Many people feel afraid to do a back flip, so mastering this trick might make you feel braver or more physically accomplished. Practicing your back flip can feel frustrating if it takes time to accomplish, but you'll develop determination and resiliency, according to Dance Magazine. Talk to yourself as you perform your back flip, using mental instructions and positive self-talk to complete the activity. Performing your new skill in front of others will boost self-confidence.
Completing a back flip helps develop body strength, notes the Gymnastics Academy of Boston. To complete a back flip, you must be able to jump straight up, and high enough to lift your legs up and overhead. Jumping, kicking out, lifting up and guiding the legs over take muscle strength and power. You'll also need strength in the legs to land the back flip, since you'll be absorbing your own body weight in a quick motion, according to Legendary Strength.