The Bottom Line
"Back Handsprings, the Secret Techniques" by Rik Feeney is a bit different in that it is written for athletes. Although safety is always stressed and it is recommended that coaches and parents read the book, the overall voice is directed to the athletes themselves. At the appropriate times, Feeney is funny and inspiring, while always stating the dedication and determination it takes to master a back handspring. And most importantly, safety is never overlooked.
- Well written by an experienced author and easy to follow
- Stresses the importance of safety
- 16 secrets techniques
- Includes lots of drills
- Reasonably priced
- 128 pages of tips, instructions, illustrations and drills on mastering a back handspring.
- Well organized with logical progressions.
- Each drill includes an explanation of the purpose as well as directions.
- Safety and spotting notes included when necessary.
- Glossary of terms.
- Illustrations of basic body positions.
- List of home equipment required to accomplish the skills illustrated in the book.
- Safety is always of the highest priority and stressed throughout the book.
Guide Review - "Back Handsprings The Secret Techniques" by Rik Feeney
I really like the way this book is written. Feeney's writing is concise and very easy to follow. The book is full of illustrations and drills that are each broken down into descriptive purposes and directions. If necessary, Feeney goes the extra step to include spotter and safety notes. Also included is a complete glossary of terms, a list of necessary home equipment, illustrations of basic body positions, a safety oath, and a great explanation as to why you should be responsible for your safety. I would not recommend you buy this book if you're only going to read parts of it, but if you're willing to read it from cover to cover; I feel certain you'll come away with the ability to do a back handspring and do it safely with the help of your coach or gymnastics instructor.