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Back Handspring Help

adult_gymnast_20

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So I'm an adult gymnast (clearly from username), 22yo and trying to achieve my back handspring. I can do it pretty well spotted but eventually I would love to do it standing and connected to a roundoff. I love practicing them but I feel like maybe my coach isn't ready to let me try it on my own. Otherwise he'd say something right? So what are some things I can be doing to improve my skills to keep working towards independence?
 

Aussie_coach

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It’s hard to know without seeing a video of your skill. No harm in asking your coach if they think you are ready to try it and what you can work on to improve.

If your coach does not feel you are ready, in the long term it’s going to pay off if you wait. If you rush this skill, what tends to happen is that you compromise technique and will develop bad habits which are very hard to fix and will impact future progressions.