Do you have to be able to do a split in order to do a back handspring?

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pink ranger

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Mar 31, 2008
25
new york city
Just curious. We've done a few back flips in the gym occasionally. I was wondering, for a beginner, would not being able to do a split/very flexible prevent you from doing a back handspring?
 
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CoachL

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Apr 9, 2007
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no, they use completely different muscle groups. If you have shoulder flexability problems it could affect how fast you learn a bhs.
 

pink ranger

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Mar 31, 2008
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new york city
Thank you!

By shoulder flexibility, I presume you mean when our coaches have our arms up above our heads while they push their knees from behind our arms? :confused:
 
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BlairBob

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Bingo. You don't need back flexibility at all for BHS. If you can hold a HS, you don't even need a bridge on ground really as just knowing the bridge shape with feet elevated would be enough.

It's nice to be able to back limber before BHS though.
 
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