Where can an adult learn to backflip?
October 13, 2013 4:02 AM   Subscribe

For a long time, I've had a personal goal of being able to do a backflip. Now I'm getting serious about learning how to, and I realize I have no idea where to go. I'm looking for a place that has instructors I can pay for private lessons that will help me achieve this goal quickly. I'm in reasonable physical condition (male, 6', 195 lbs, and I swing kettlebells a lot). I'm in Milwaukee, WI.
posted by philosophygeek to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
You need a gymnastics studio or club (not a 'gym' but actual gymnastics). Most of the people who run these studios will be happy to do extra one-on-one work, especially if they own the space. Failing this, back flips are a part of certain modern dances, such as street dancing, so modern dance studios or classes will present similar opportunities. (I know my daughter's street dancing teacher will do things like this, for example.)
posted by wackybrit at 4:29 AM on October 13, 2013

Yup, a gymnastics club would help.

At 6', 195 lbs, it's safe to assume that you should be able to pick up the skill pretty quickly. You don't sound very overweight or too underweight to generate the muscular power required to do it.
posted by dfriedman at 5:04 AM on October 13, 2013

Thirding gymnastics. If you are in the US, look for a local gymnastics gym that has a boys' team because they are more likely to have a coach that's capable of spotting you and the equipment to let you practice safely. If you PM me your location (if you're in the US), I can help you find your local gyms that have a boys' team. Once you find a gym, just call and you should be able to set up some private lessons.
posted by LittleMy at 6:11 AM on October 13, 2013

Another option would be a parkour training facility - they're popping up in some places and would certainly do the job.
posted by Pantengliopoli at 7:39 AM on October 13, 2013

4th here. I am almost exactly your size and build although I haven't done a backflip in 10 years. I have little doubt I could do one again after a brush up with a gymnastics coach. You can learn fairly quickly if you have decent balance and leg strength and a spring floor but a coach will probably have you work on a series of drills before they're comfortable with you putting your head over your ass without a spot.
posted by cmfletcher at 11:05 AM on October 13, 2013

You could also try calling your local circus school. If they can't teach you I'm sure they could point you in the right direction.
posted by AnOrigamiLife at 11:08 AM on October 13, 2013 [1 favorite]

Most capoeira schools will have some backflippers around, and would be more casual than gymnasts as far as your having that singular goal.
posted by mostly-sp3 at 2:26 PM on October 13, 2013

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