Learn from 2004 Olympic Silver Medallist, Mohini Bhardwaj, as she explains how to train a back handspring on beam in this exclusive americangymnast production.
 
2004 Olympic Team Silver Medal
2004 Olympic Team Captain
2004 Olympic Floor Exercise Finals Qualifier
2001 World Championships Bronze Medalist
2001 Vault National Champion, 3rd Place All-Around
2001 NCAA Champion, Floor Exercise and Team

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Prior to performing the back handspring on beam, Mo recommends learning the basics of the back handspring on a straight line on the floor. From there, the gymnast should continue to test the straightness of the back-handspring on various training devices, such as a carpet beam or floor beam with mats stacked on each side all the way to the top of the beam.


The best training tool for back handsprings on beam is the BEAM SURFACE EXPANDER (aka "The Fat Beam").


 

 
 

SA Beam Surface Expander

Dimensions - 20 cm (8") wide x 250 cm (8'3") long - Order 2 to fit a full 16.5' long competition beam

The Beam Surface Expander is an essential confidence builder in every gymnastics program. Balance and coordination are quickly mastered on this 8" wide surface. You can use it on the floor for your preschoolers and kids will progress quickly and safely to the next level training beam. Attach it to your beam for extra training confidence. Two expanders will cover your full length beam. Use one for training mounts and dismounts or put two together for training a series of gymnastics skills. The Expander is comfortably padded and will quickly and securely attach to any F.I.G. spec. beam.

Price: $332.00 (Each)

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Mo's Explanation (Turn Speaker Volume Up!)

 


 

 

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Back Handspring on Beam Expander

 

 

 

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#1 Keep knees together on take-off

Also, make sure the knees move slightly forward in a straight line when bending before take-off. But not too much, causing rolling in the hips.


 


Mo recommends this board drill to help the beginning of the back handsprings.


 

 

 

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#2 During flight, keep legs together longer before splitting for step out.


If the legs split too early to step out, it will cause the gymnast to go crooked.

 

 

 

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#3 During last half of back-handspring, step down with equal weight on both legs.

If weight is not evenly distributed on both legs, the gymnast will wobble. Keep hips square to the beam during finish, while squeezing inner thighs.

 


 

 

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American Gymnast would like to express our sincerest "thanks" to Mohini and Tom Forster of Aerials Gymnastics in Colorado Springs, CO for helping make this training tip possible.