How to correctly perform a Gymnastics Bridge

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Written by Dinora De Venuti

A gymnastics bridge typically refers to a static position where the athlete moves the spine, shoulders and hip in hyperextension, whilst weight supported on the hands and feet (See Fig 1.). There are different styles of back-bends in performance, based on the placement of the majority of the spine in hyperextension.

Not only is it stereotypically used in women’s gymnastics for skill development but it is often seen in yoga and Pilates for therapeutic purposes and enhancement of health.