Translates as 'backward bridge'.
The backward bridge is an advanced gymnastic movement that must be mastered before you attempt a backward somersault.
Step by step guide
- This is a basic gymnastic movement that you must be able to fully perform to bridge the back.
- Keep your shoulders in and your legs together.
- Make sure you can maintain the handstand for a few seconds.
- The position of the bridge is a key element of the bridge backwards, so practice it until you know how to execute it perfectly.
- Start by lying on a gym mat with your knees bent.
- Place your hands on the mat, behind your ears, and lift your body with your hands and feet until it is shaped like an arched bridge.
- Starting in an upright position, arch your back and bend towards the floor until your hands are fixed on the floor behind you.
- Stretch your back by making some bridges.
- While keeping your arm straight, pull your fingers back to stretch your wrist, then do the same with your other arm.
- Keep your legs together and raise your arms so they are pointing upwards.
- The back and legs should be in a straight line with the arms.
- Keeping your feet a little apart can help you if you are a beginner, but the more advanced gymnasts should keep them together.
- Bend back until your hands are fixed on the floor and your body is in the bridge position.
- Push your body to do a handstand.
- When your hands land on the floor and your body forms a bridge, push yourself up and lift your upright legs in a handstand.
- The secret is to move from a bridge to a handstand in a fluid motion, keeping your legs together and pointing them up to finish.
- Lower your feet to the floor so that they meet your hands.
- This is the most formal position to end a bridge backwards.
- Keeping your arms and back in a straight vertical line, keep your legs together and bend at the waist.
- The legs must remain straight and descend together to the floor, like a hinge. Place your feet firmly on the floor.
- To finish the movement, lower your feet to the floor and raise your arms in an upright position.