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How To Do a Handstand Forward Roll

Phil who specialises in gymnastics based strength, stability and skill development at Peak Gymnastics shows us how to do a Handstand Forward Roll. This gymnastics move is where you do a handstand, slowly leaning forward as if you are falling flat and curl into a ball.

Before attempting this skill, you need to make sure that you have a relatively solid handstand where you can hold yourself in an unassisted position. Can’t do a handstand? Here’s a handy how-to guide to learn and improve your handstands.

 

First and foremost, you need to try and create a nice round back as shown in the video so you don’t smash it as you come out of a handstand. Create a nice round positioning so it’s nice and soft as you roll.

Step two, create the correct order of events. You need to make sure that your chin goes in first, hands bend and then back rounds. Incline gymnastics mat, also known as a gymnastics wedge mat and gymnastics incline wedge work as a great tumbling aid, crash pad, or landing mat when performing forward rolls, walkovers, and handsprings. We understand not everyone has access to this, but it is a good way of building up some self-confidence and it kind of reinforces you to roll. You can view Gymnastics Direct’s range of wedge and training aids here.

Once you build your confidence with that roll, it’s about applying it to a flat surface, remembering to be as silent as you can rolling out of the handstand.

And there you have it. How did you go? Let us know in the comments below!

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