How to Do a Front Limber
A front limber is the natural next step after you've mastered a handstand. It's a beautiful move in which you kick into a handstand and drop your legs backward, then rise to your feet in one fluid motion. Once you get the hang of it you won't be able to stop doing it. See Step 1 to start practicing.
Develop a solid handstand.It's important to have mastered the handstand before you attempt to do a front limber. Practice your handstand every day until you've perfected your form and you feel confident about moving on. If you are having trouble with this, you might not be ready just quite yet. If you need a refresher, here's how to do a handstand:
- Stand on a flat surface with your legs spaced comfortably apart. Make sure your arms are up ready to go.
- Take a big step forward with your dominant leg. In the same motion, tip your body forward over your lunged leg and place your hands on the ground, with your shoulders pulled close to your head.
- Kick your legs up into the air, keeping them straight with your toes pointed toward the sky.
- Keep your head between your arms and look at your hands as you balance.
Make sure you have a good back bend.You should also be able to perform a back bend from a standing position. Perfect your backbend by practicing for many hours before doing a limber. Here's how to do a backbend from a standing position:
- Stand up straight with your feet shoulder width apart.
- Raise your arms over your head and flatten your palms so they face the ceiling.
- Slowly bend backwards toward the floor, keeping your arms locked.
- Plant your hands on the ground, keeping your feet in place. Your body should be in an arc shape.
Stretch for several minutes.If you're confident that you've mastered all the fundamentals, it's time to get ready to do a front limber. Get ready by stretching for several minutes to warm up your muscles.
- Stretch your back by touching your toes, twisting from side to side, and doing some simple yoga techniques.
- Stretch your wrists by rolling them in circles, then using one hand to pull back the fingers of the other hand (and vice versa).
- Get your whole body warmed up by jogging around the block a few times.
- Practice your handstand and backbend a couple of times to get the motion down. Now you're ready.
Have a spotter and the right equipment on hand.The first few times you do a front limber, you should have a spotter nearby to support you. You might also want to use a barrel mat so that you'll won't have far to fall if you lose your balance. In any case, you should practice any new gymnastic move on supportive mats that will protect your wrists, feet and other pointy body parts.
Perfecting Your Form
Kick up into a handstand.Hold it at the top for a few moments. If you're feeling nice and steady, proceed to the next step. If you're wobbly, drop down and start over. You need to have a good, solid handstand before you attempt a front limber.
Push your shoulders out and arch your back.While you'd usually want to keep your back perfectly straight for a handstand, this time you want to arch it backward while pushing your shoulders out away from your head a bit. Your legs will naturally begin to arc toward the floor.
- Keep your toes pointed until they reach the floor.
Bend your legs and plant your feet on the floor.You should land in a bridge position, as though you'd just completed a backbend.
- Keep your head back. It helps to keep your eyes on your hands.
Shift your weight to your feet and stand.In one fluid motion, you should plant your feet and move your weight forward so that you can stand up straight. You'll press your hips forward to lift your torso and head upright.
- Land with your feet about a foot apart. This will help you keep your balance and lift yourself up.
- From the moment your hands leave the floor, keep your arms straight on either side of your head. They should be upright for your landing.
Taking the Natural Next Step
QuestionHow can I hold my handstand long enough when I'm doing a limber?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerMake sure your legs aren't too far to one side or the other. Practice kicking up onto a wall to prevent kicking too far, or too little.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do if I am scared to fall?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can start by doing half of the move. For example if you are scared to do a backbend, work on doing half by bending your back, and instead of reaching for the floor, reach for a chair or a sofa. If it is for stuff like walkovers, then instead of using a mat or if you dont have a mat use multiple blankets and pillows, that will make it a less heavy fall if you lose your balance.Thanks!
QuestionI am having trouble standing up. Any tips?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPut all your weight into your legs. Then, push your belly button up toward the ceiling. Don't look up until you're standing. If this doesn't work, film yourself doing a back bend and play it in reverse.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I lift my hands up?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAs soon as your legs make contact with the ground, you should begin to stand up. Your bridge will give you the momentum.Thanks!
QuestionHow do you move your weight onto your feet?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWhen you land in a bridge, try to get your feet closer to your hands, as this makes it easier to stand up.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I not flop onto the ground after doing a bendback?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf your feet are too far away from your hands after they land, then you will collapse on the ground. Try to land your feet closer to your hands.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do to help me get up from my back bend?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerOne trick I found useful was going into a bridge near a wall and using your hands to crawl up the wall until you get the feel of being comfortable standing up.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I stand right away from a front limber?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPush through your shoulders and try to go quite fast so that you don't fall back into the bridge.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I do a front handspring?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry a run up, jump onto your hands, and spring off whilst constantly leaning forwards. Once you can run up, just jump into it and land it feet first. Look at video tutorials to see how your body should look.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I get over the fear of doing a front limber?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPractice with a spotter and over a soft surface, like a floor covered in pillows.Thanks!
- Make sure you have strong arm, core, and shoulder muscles.
- Practice standing up and doing the handstand into back bend separately. When you master both it will be a lot easier!
- Try to hold your handstands for a while before you try this.
- Make sure your arms are strong enough, to support you, when you're in the bridge position.
- Before attempting a front limber, you need to be able to come up from a backbend.
- Make sure you do a lot of stretches everyday and make sure you practice everyday too.
Video: Front Limber Tutorial
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