Learning Fun Backwards – Challenge

At a certain age, you supposed to say to yourself: “well, I’m too old for this sh*t!” For me, that age is 60 years old.
 
(and that’s negotiable, upwards of course).
 
This is why I decided that my next challenge for the next 30 days will be to learn how to do a backflip =)
 
A backflip
Is considered to be a basic skill, not because it’s a simple move to learn, but because it’s a good base exercise for more advanced moves.
 
That is one of the reasons why I chose to start with the backflip – but mostly because it looks like a whole lot of fun.
 
So, how to do it:
1. Begin in a standing position (that’s easy, come on, get up from bed).
2. Make a 360° rotation with your body (while you are in the air of course).
3. End in a standing position (as you seen in section 1. – that’s easy =).
 
Sounds easy right?
 
Let’s break it down, it comes down to two major movements:
 
Tuck-Jump
From a standing position, jump as high as you can while lifting your knees to your chest.
 
Backwards-Roll
At that moment, when your knees are close to your chest, you need to take a leap of faith and lean backward (make sure you start practicing on a big mattress before you do it on the floor).
 
Now, all that’s left to do is – practice, practice, practice…
 

Starting with day 01

I got myself really excited the day before (mostly by watching every YouTube video about backflips that’s ever been made!).
 
I invited some friends to just hang out and watch how I progress, making my goal public so I won’t back off from taking myself out of my comfort zone when things will start to be a bit difficult for me, and sure enough, they did.
 
Started by just standing with my back to a big mattress and waiting for something to magically happen…
Learning Fun Backwards - just standing
I was scared to take that leap of faith backward and jump, so I just stood there for a while, until one of my friends got up and yelled at me: “COME ON!! DO IT!”.
 
So, Like the four-year-old that I am, I replied: “Let’s see you do it?!!”
 
His reaction was: “okay” – now my friend stood with his back to the big mattress and without thinking at all, he just jumped backward!
 
Ended up landing on his knees and almost completing a full rotation!
 
“you see! Just jump!”
I got the motivation I needed.
 
It was my turn now, first try – I stood there and exactly like my friend, I jumped without thinking.
 
That ended up with me lying on the mattress face down, not knowing what went wrong.
 
I gave it another try… again the same thing happened, another try… same thing happened… so on until after almost two hours, I declared that I had enough for that day

In The End

My neck was starting to hurt and I could not afford to get injured.
 
It took me a long time to start this challenge, just because I was scared to start, and I think that was the most important step that wasn’t on my “how to do a backflip” list today!
 
So, for the next 30 days I’ll do my best to nail this backflip 💪🏻 I will update with a progression video on the 8th of October – Stay tuned!

If you enjoyed this one, check out some of my other posts hereand if you like what you’ve seen so far and want to help me out on my journey, you are more than welcome to check out my Patreon page =)

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