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So, one of the life goals I've had that I've put off for a long time is learning how to do a backflip. It has always seemed like something that everyone should know how to do, if for no other reason than having a way to appropriately express yourself when something really awesome happens. And as long as I go on not knowing how to do it, I will always feel a tad inadequate. Somehow, no matter how loudly you yell "woohoo!" when you get that new promotion or meet the love of your life, it can never do justice like doing a backflip can. Yup, it's pretty much the gold standard for displaying your enthusiasm. Baby.

So I decided some time this summer I'm going to stop procrastinating and make a serious effort at learning it. I've collected a few Youtube videos to get an idea for how to go about it, and it actually doesn't look that bad at all. The main important thing that all the videos recommend is to have a spotter there with you, to help move your body in the right position, until you can do it yourself. Here are some of the better videos I've found:

Backflip tutorials:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=521NIVPIxWs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcAxRVqzdSc

Failed backflip attempts (some of these are back handsprings, which I'd also ideally like to learn at some point):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4XWxPtC3nk&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf1P3uHGUA4&feature=related

Don't Try this at Home - Doing a backflip with a Truck!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lphy1w5ZcrY

So who's up for getting a group together every now and then in the Bay Area to try to spot each other and learn how to do this?

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crasch
May. 8th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
There's a gymnastics studio in Mountain View that offers adult classes on Thursday night:

http://www.goldstargym.com/

Perhaps you could meet there to practice?
spoonless
May. 8th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
Do they have open practice hours, or is it just a rigid class structure?
snarkyshark2
May. 9th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
Wow. This is a life goal of mine too! I once read a tutorial on internet, tried it outside, knocked the wind out of myself, tried it inside, almost broke a table. Hmmmm, time to try again?
spoonless
May. 9th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
Sounds like it's time to try it with a spotter! I accidentally shattered my ceiling lamp today, just practicing jumping straight up and raising my arms above my head. Took a while to clean up all the pieces of glass. Now I've got to find a replacement, or suffer the embarrassment of explaining what I was doing to my landlord =)
snarkyshark2
May. 10th, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
Ha! Yes - time to try again. There's a spongy spot on the boardwalk in Santa Monica where people occasionally practice gymnastics. I'm tempted to ask them for help... Also - I've had quite a few dreams where I've done backflips, and damn, they're fun, so uh, now to actually LEARN them...
mpnolan
May. 9th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
Your first paragraph is interesting, really, because I've often typed *backflip* online to express just that, and didn't know other people associated that meaning with it :P.
spoonless
May. 9th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
It seems like one of those things that they never teach explicitly, but you pick it up from popular culture at some point... backflips, back hand springs, and cartwheels are all associated with excitement and elation. Actually, I have no idea why I know that or where I am getting that from, but I'm pretty sure it is widespread.
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