Some thoughts on back tumbling

Hi All,

Today I wanted to share a few thoughts and ideas about back tumbling. Brian Amato did an awesome lecture on back tumbling at the Oregon State Clinic and he had a few set-ups I really liked as well as some other drills which I’ve started using.

Back Tumbling with Brian Amato

This first video is a set-up that he was using for back tucks. This doesn’t have the final skill but you get the idea. I use panel mats (especially the long ones) a lot for tumbling. I would rather gymnasts round off off of those (front foot and hands on) and land in a better shape for connecting the back handspring than do it on the floor and drill bad muscle memory. So not only do I like THAT about this set-up, but I also love that the gymnasts have to tumble up onto the resi. Tumbling up is incredibly important and in my mind very under done in a lot of gyms.

This second one is just a really easy way to get gymnasts to learn how to stay tight when flipping over. This is kind of a surprisingly ingenious drill that I just had never seen before. Super simple and effective.


If you’d like even more basic tumbling drills – you should check out “Beginning Tumbling – Where to start with preschool and rec (from handstands to back tucks)” it’s 94 minutes of easily taught drills and progressions that will lead to bigger and better tumbling.

Beginning Back Tumbling - Where to start with pre-school and rec - ipad

Train hard!

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