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Alexander Karatis 10-31-2005 06:03 AM

Had a friend who's a former pro athlete at my CF gym yesterday so I decided to try my first backwards roll since he was there to spot me.

There were a couple of loud cracks heard as I rolled past inverted and my friend said it was because I didn't open my arms during the movement.

I tried to do it like he said afterwards but it felt a little painful. I just rewatched Eva's backwards roll to support video and so her starting with her arms locked in a 90deg position and closely tucked to her body.

My question is how should I go about practicing them on my own bearing also in mind the fact that I had a slight rear-deltoid injury this summer that still tingles when under a lot of stress...

Roger Harrell 10-31-2005 11:20 AM

Work the forward roll from support trying to maintain pressure and control throughout. This will start to work the strength required. Make sure you keep the rings in front of you throughout.

To work the backwards roll to support, you'll just have to work it. Work the first phase where you pull over the rings. Lead with your toes, keep the rings in close and pull it high. Getting this phase strong will make the skill significantly easier.

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