If you’ve ever watched someone effortlessly perform a backflip and thought, “I wish I could do that,” then you’re in luck. Today, I’m going to show you how to learn a backflip in just five minutes. Before we dive into the flips, it’s essential to understand a few prerequisites: having a decent bridge stretch, being able to perform a back roll, and being in general good physical shape are all important to ensure your safety and success.

Minute 1: Warm-Up and Basic Jumps

The journey to a successful backflip begins with a solid warm-up. Start by just jumping. Focus on using your legs and toes to push off the ground, and use your arms to drive upwards. This initial action is crucial because it teaches you how to harness the power from your entire body. You’re not just jumping; you’re launching yourself with intent. Spend the first 15 seconds performing these power jumps. For the next 15 seconds, start introducing a knee drive to your jumps. This doesn’t mean slamming your knees into your chin; rather, just a gentle lift to get used to the motion. This process helps you engage your core and prepare your body for the dynamics of a backflip.

Minute 2: Learning the Backward Roll

After your jumps, give yourself a brief 15-second rest, then transition to learning the backward roll. This isn’t just any roll; it’s a preparatory move for the backflip. Sit on the ground, roll backwards, and try to bring your legs over your head to land on your knees and then stand up. Initially, perform this slowly to grasp the mechanics. After understanding the basic roll, choose a side (left or right) and perform quicker, more powerful rolls. This helps your body get accustomed to the sensation of flipping backward, an essential component of the backflip.

Minute 3: Stretching and Strengthening

After working on your rolls, take a 45-second break to stretch and relax your muscles. Perform stretches that target your back and neck, ensuring these areas are loose and flexible, which is crucial for a successful backflip. Stretches such as looking up and bending backward slightly will help achieve this.

Minute 4: The Macaco Introduction

Next, it’s time to introduce the Macaco, a move that will bridge the gap between a backward roll and a full backflip. Start by squatting down with your palms on the ground in front of you, fingers pointing backwards. Choose a side to roll over, drive your body up and over the arm, using the other arm for support and balance. This move helps you understand the feeling of going upside down and prepares you for the aerial aspect of the backflip. Spend the first 15 seconds perfecting the technique, then gradually use less hand support and focus on fluidity and driving your knees up as you perform the Macaco.

Minute 5: Transition to Back Handspring and Full Commitment

Now, with only a minute left, start transforming your Macaco into a more backflip-like motion by trying to go more upside down each time. Practice a sort of back handspring where you allow your hands to touch the ground if needed. This part of the training is about feeling the momentum and getting comfortable with being completely inverted.

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Finally, after these intense four minutes, take a 30-second break to focus mentally. Visualize the backflip, understanding each movement and its purpose. Watch a slow-motion backflip if possible to reinforce the mental image.

Committing to the Backflip

Now, fully refreshed and mentally prepared, it’s time to commit to the actual backflip. Remember, this is about confidence as much as it is about technique. Ensure you have proper safety measures in place, like a spotter or a soft surface, before attempting the flip.


Learning a backflip in five minutes might sound ambitious, but with the right preparation and mindset, it’s entirely within your reach. Keep practicing these steps, gradually minimizing your reliance on hands or extra support, until the backflip becomes a natural, fluid movement for you.

Remember, mastering a backflip also requires patience and perseverance. If you feel you need more detailed guidance, consider checking out full tutorials or taking lessons from a professional coach. Always prioritize your safety and enjoy the journey of learning one of the most exhilarating moves in any athlete’s repertoire.

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