HOW TO DO A BRIDGE, PROPERLY
by Elise Wilson
Fixing your bridge will do much more than improving your bridge shape: bases with restricted movement in the shoulders and thoracic spine will see improvements in their extended stunts and less pain through their lower back. Flyers will be able to pull back lines (scorpions, scales, arabesques) with less restriction. Tumbler technique will improve through roundoffs, front and back handsprings and walkovers.
When we say bridge, i’m of course referring to the ‘back bend’, whatever you call that position you find yourself mid backhandspring or walkover. We should be hitting this position many times in cheerleading practice (*ahem* and all that stretching you do at home), but aside from the ‘flexibility freaks’ it is not efficient or effective to simply do a bridge to get a bridge.