I have been working on my back handspring for a couple of years now and have been getting it on and off due to injuries. Recently I have finally got it back and it is the best it has ever been.
The steps to doing a back handspring are fairly simple; “fall, sit and throw.” The only hard part about the skill is the mental block that occurs when you have to jump onto your hands.
One night I just got fed up with my fear and threw my back handspring. After several attempts and gaining confidence jumping back I finally got over my mental block.
To be able to get rid of this mental block was so freeing, not only for gymnastics but also for life in general.
Sometimes you’re scared to do things because of the negative scenarios your mind plays in your head. I encourage you to live on the edge and do what you are scared to do! I keep thinking back to the days where I was scared to do a back handspring and now I think why did I wait so long to do it?! Life is too short to have mental blocks spoiling your mind, live life like a gymnast, “Don’t think, just do.”