Gold Member Badge


  • You're all caught up!

How Many Calories Are Burned Doing a Back Handspring?

author image Jake Wayne
Jake Wayne has written professionally for more than 12 years, including assignments in business writing, national magazines and book-length projects. He has a psychology degree from the University of Oregon and black belts in three martial arts.
How Many Calories Are Burned Doing a Back Handspring?
A young gymnast is performing a back handspring. Photo Credit: Sasha Samardzija/iStock/Getty Images

To do a handspring, you start from a standing position, then leap backward. As you fall, you arch your back to land on your hands, then spring up off your hands to land on your feat. This difficult maneuver is a hallmark of experienced gymnasts.

Video of the Day

Tumbling and Calories

A single tumbling move is strenuous on the muscles but doesn't require much in the way of cardio or calories. Over in less than a second, your back handspring never gets the chance to demand energy or oxygen. Put simply, gymnastics coach Gwen Haney notes that you burn far more calories becoming able to do a back handspring than you would doing a single repetition.

Calories Burned

According to health resource website, a 155-lb. person will burn about 280 calories per hour of gymnastics or tumbling. At 3,600 seconds per hour, a 1-second handspring burns less than one calorie. Heavier people will burn more, and lighter people will burn less.


Gymnastics moves, such as back handsprings, build muscle quickly. According to Harvard health writer Walter Willett, the more muscular in your body, the more calories you will burn. This means that for every handspring you do, the next handspring will burn marginally more calories.

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
Lose Weight. Feel Great! Change your life with MyPlate by LIVESTRONG.COM
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
  • Female
  • Male
ft. in.


Demand Media