My name is Kari Pearce, and I'm a personal trainer at the New York Health & Racquet Club. Back in the day I was a national champion in gymnastics. So, let's talk tumbling. This is a step by step on how to back bend. A back bend is important because it's a building block to many more advanced skills, such as a back walk over and a back hand spring. Before attempting a back bend, it is imperative that you know how to do a bridge. And have the flexibility in your hips as well as your shoulders. A back bend starts with your arms up over your head and your feet on the ground. You will then out your eyes on your hands and start to lean back. Your hands will then meet the floor and you'll be in a nice bridge position. In order to learn a back bend, you can also use a wall. One way that I like to do it is stand about two feet in front of a wall. Hands nice and tall. Then you'll lean back until your hands meet the wall. Slowly walk your hands down. You can only get half way down at the beginning, that is o.k. Just make sure that you slowly improve and keep going until your hands meet the ground. And you'll be in that nice bridge position.