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Tilted long gymnastics board

To train people for handsprings
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handspring, where you jump onto your hands and then back onton your feet, flipping forward, aren't easy. You need to train to be able to do them (not that I can or am speaking from experience).

But, trying them out, you're immediately presented by the full monty of all your weight and doing the complete move. There's no way to parse the movement or make it easier... until now.

It'd be a lot easier to do a handspring down an incline. There'd be less "weight" in a way, and you don't have to jump as high, since the ground is going lower as you go forward (relatuve to you). So you could start at a steep incline for training, and lower the incline gradually over time until you can do it on level surface.

Basically, it'd be like a 50 foot board, with suitable gymnastics padding, and springiness in construction, but mounted onto hydraulic rams at both ends. The board can be set on an incline, or not, with the rams.

EdwinBakery, May 07 2012

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       to quote a tagline "the phrase 'crumpled heap' comes to mind".   

       However I would probably bun this if I could picture myself doing it so [+]
FlyingToaster, May 07 2012
  

       Warning: In the event of handspring failure, forward motion will continue, regardless of gymnastic form, until arrested by encounter with fixed object or fellow gymnast.
Alterother, May 07 2012
  
      
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