To begin a back handspring, the gymnast leans back off balance while slightly bending the legs and moving the trunk forward with a straight or hollow chest. From this position, the gymnast can make a powerful jump backwards. Back handsprings have two critical flying phases. The phases are from feet to the hands and then from the hands back to the feet. Note the following the video
- Hollow chest trunk forward with body leaning back off-balance
- Long arch first flying phase
- Short and deep Hollow second flying phase.