Mission: Backflip, Status: Achieved!

It's been a long, and sometimes scary road, but I finally checked "do a backflip" off of my bucket list!  The mind is a big limiter to doing things that seem impossible, but by training the body in a steady, progressive, and consistent way, the body learns what it can do and the mind starts to trust and let go of fear.

Quite a few people told me I was crazy for trying to learn something like this, since apparently I am "30 years old" (emphasis on "old") and it is "dangerous". This is why I took the time to find a qualified gymnastics program in my area that teaches adult classes and has the right equipment.

The only time I really got into trouble was when I tried to rush the process by skipping the intermediate steps between flipping into a foam pit and flipping only on the floor.  It was quite a disaster and I nearly fell on my head a few times.  I went back to square one, and progressed by changing one variable at a time.

So, instead of the process going like: backflip into foam pit --> backflip on floor, itt went something like this instead:

Flip into foam pit.

Flip into foam pit with a mat in it.

Flip into foam pit off of a mat onto a mat.

Flip into foam pit off of a mat onto multiple mats (decreasing the height of my jump)

Flip off a mat onto a mat on the floor.

Flip off of a smaller mat onto a smaller mat on the floor.

Flip from a mat onto the floor.

Flip from a smaller mat onto the floor.

Flip from the floor onto a mat.

Flip from the floor onto the floor.

It's worth mentioning that there was lots of "doubling back".  If I started to feel like I was getting scared or just losing the feeling of proper form, I went back to a previous step and worked it until I felt confident in moving forward again.  I kept doing this over and over and will keep doing this as I now refine the skill and make it even better.

The reason I'm sharing this is because I want to encourage you to go after your dreams, whatever they may be, whether it is doing a backflip, writing a book, creating powerful relationships, or getting into killer shape. You CAN do it, it WON'T be easy, and it WILL be worth it!

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Tony is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, author of "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire", and Cofounder of Powerful PT, an innovative information resource for Fitness Professionals. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio broadcasts and regularly hosts healthy cooking workshops and informational lectures. He is also a full-time Personal Trainer and Wellness Consultant who lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Jamie.
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