Difficulty: Intermediate

Category: Grip

Also Known As:

  • Heel Grip

Pre-requisite Moves:

  • N/A

The Back Ankle Grip is a useful hold in quite a few inverted moves, particularly when they are extended. Whether you are bendy or bold, chances are, you have used this hold before without ever giving it much thought. It is such a small movement overall, but it can help you push your limits to extend your body away from the pole, giving you beautiful, clean lines.

When doing this hold, if you feel like you are slipping out of it, you have made a case for pointing your toes! Pointing your toes in this hold can push the heel of your foot out into a “hook” and giving your body that extra skin contact it needs to secure everything in place.

Moves that Utilize this Grip:

How to Get into the Back Ankle Grip

Move Steps

For a right-sided hold, use your right foot.

For a left-sided hold, use your left foot.

  1. Point your toes, engaging the whole leg.
  2. Slide your straight leg back, away from the pole. The pole should rest in the crook of your heel and calf.

Safety Tips

  • Keep the toes pointed and leg, ankle, and foot engaged. This will help ensure that your heel is hooking the pole with as much strength as possible.

This move previously appeared in our Guide to Grips and Holds article.

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