A back roll is a popular gymnastics move that can be used to impress others or to add a bit of flair to a routine. It requires a great deal of skill and practice to master, but there are some basic steps that can be taken to ensure that it is done properly. Knowing the correct body position is an important part of performing a back roll correctly and safely.
Preparing for a Back Roll
The first step to performing a back roll correctly is to prepare the body. Start by standing with the feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and with the toes pointing slightly outward. Bend the knees slightly and keep the back straight. The arms should be kept close to the body and the hands should be placed on the ground in front of the feet.
The next step is to take a deep breath and then slowly lean forward until the hands and feet are both flat on the ground. At this point, the body should be in a “hollow” position, with the back curved slightly forward and the head tucked down.
Executing a Proper Back Roll
Once the body is in the proper position, the next step is to initiate the back roll. Start by pushing off the ground with the hands and feet, while simultaneously rolling the body backward and up into the air. As the body comes up, it should be kept in a straight line, with the arms and legs stretched out.
Once the body is fully extended, the next step is to tuck the chin and roll the body all the way over until the shoulders touch the ground. At this point, the body should be in a straight line, with the arms and legs still stretched out.
Finally, the last step is to roll the body back onto the feet. This is done by pushing off the ground with the arms and using the momentum of the roll to come back up.
Performing a back roll correctly requires a great deal of skill and practice, but it can be done safely and with confidence if the proper body position is maintained. With a bit of patience and practice, anyone can master the back roll and add a bit of flair to their routine.