One important gymnasic excercise we practice at Rockbrook is the “back bend.” Strength and flexibility are naturally the foundations of gymnastics, and here flexibility is the idea. Work up to this exercise by first spending time warming up your muscles with stretching. You’ll want to feel limber. The next thing to try is to make a “bridge” where you lie down and press your hips up while extending your arms, arching your back into a bridge-like curve. Practice this a lot to build up your strength. A back bend is when you form a bridge from a standing position. With someone spotting you (holding you up under your lower back), lean backwards with your hands extended ready to touch the floor over your head. After developing the strength and flexibility to do this, you can move on to a “walkover” or, something even more advanced, a “back handspring.” There is a definite gymnastics progression you can build upon.