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How to Do a Cartwheel Back Flip

author image Frederick S. Blackmon
Frederick S. Blackmon's love for fiction and theater eventually led to a career writing screenplays for the film and television industry. While living in Florida, Blackmon began exploring issues on global warming, health and environmental science. He spent two years as a Parkour and free-running instructor as well. Now he writes everything from how-to blogs to horror films.
How to Do a Cartwheel Back Flip
Learn a tumbling sequence to enhance your free-running skill set. Photo Credit: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

The cartwheel back flip is a tumbling sequence that you can master with practice and technique. Learning this sequence will improve your overall flow if you're a free-runner or take you to the next level as a gymnast. The cartwheel might seem like an easy move, but it is not. Although many people can do a cartwheel, not many people can do one properly. Once you have a powerful, elongated cartwheel, you can link that skill into many other tumbling moves like the side flip and the back tuck.

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The Cartwheel

Step 1

Run forward and swing your arms to build momentum. Use dynamic movements, lifting your left leg and your right arm simultaneously and vice versa. Lift your arms high over your head and lift your lead leg slightly off the ground. Bend your lead leg at the knee but avoid lifting it too high in the air.

Step 2

Tilt your upper body forward by bending slightly at the waist. Then, place your lead leg back onto the floor and turn your body sideways. Bend at the waist and put your lead hand down on the floor.

Step 3

Kick out your lead leg and throw your body weight up into a handstand position, balancing on both hands. Now, spread your legs apart and use your momentum to carry your trailing leg back down to the floor.

The Back Flip

Step 1

Place your lead foot back down to the floor and bend both legs at the knee. Lower your arms down toward your sides and tense your body. Build the power in your leg muscles.

Step 2

Circle your arms forward and spring from your legs straight into the air. Bring your feet together and tuck your legs up toward the center of your chest. Wrap your arms around your calves or just below the knee.

Step 3

Hold onto your calves and pull slightly backward. Tuck tightly and whip your body end-over-end. As your head rotates forward, open out of the tuck position and extend your legs. Place your feet back down on the ground, careful to avoid stomping when you land.

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