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Back flip and muscle-up to handstand on rings

A few weeks ago, I published a post about some things I wanted to achieve before the end of the summer. I also have my 101-in-1001 list that contain some of these (and some more). This post is about two of these goals, which I have achieved. I will also say something about practising in general.

Back flip

Being able to do a back flip on solid ground has been a goal of mine for quite some time. I think I have quite reasonable technique from practising diving, but that isn’t really enough to succeed. However, once I started practising this consistently, it wasn’t very hard. The following clip is far from the best back flip I’ve done, but it’s the best I have recorded and it will have to do.

Back flip

The next step is starting linking various moves together, so round off to back flip, back handspring to back flip are all on the menu. I just need to start learning to do proper round offs and handsprings.

Muscle-up to handstand on rings

This took a lot more effort than the back flip. It took a while just to be able to do the muscle-up properly (okay, I’m not saying that the muscle up here is very good, but I’m doing it with relative ease anyway). Then, learning to go from some kind of tuck planche to handstand in rings turned out to be a bit tricky, but I was able to do this the first time after practising quite intensely for a few weeks more. Again, the below clip is not the best I’ve done, but it’s still proof that I’ve accomplished what I wanted to accomplish.

Muscle-up to handstand

Some random thoughts

I think practising is going quite well at the moment. I’m slowly making progress in lots of areas and this post just shows a few examples. I’ve also been working on my tucked planche, with the aim of reaching a straddle planche (which still feels quite far away). For those of you who don’t know what a tucked planche looks like, this is me performing one in March. I should have become significantly stronger since then, though.

Tuck planche

Also, I occasionally try to approach the pommel horse, but apparently, I haven’t learnt how to ride a pony yet and often end up like this: