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Handstand Training

Here is the full workout. This overview includes name, reps, and most important cues. IMPORTANT!!  To see the video click the (“+”) symbol next to the exercise name, and it will expand.

Look after yourself and only do what feels safe enough.
Make sure to warm up well. 

Warm Up

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
W-Raises 8 repsGo slow and focus pulling shoulder blades together
W to Y-Raises 8 repsActively keep lifting arms up on Y-Raises
Back Extensions 8 repsInitiate lift by externally rotating your arms until thumb is facing the ceiling
Arm Circles 8 per directionExtend arms to the side and create small circular movements
Elbow Raises 8 repsLift elbows as high as you can
Tuck on Back2x4Push out tall, keep your lower back on the floor at all times! Look at your hands. Keep your knees together and the feet on the same distance to the floor throughout the whole movement!
Wrist Warm-UpFew reps eachChoose 2-3 Exercises, or feel free to add your own. Go through these until your wrists feel ready.

Wall Drills

DemoExerciseSets & RepsHow to/Cues
Wall Walks2x2Scapular elevated at all times. Look at hands at all times. Walk as close as possible to the wall. Do not allow your stomach to touch the wall. Feet only!
L Handstand Single Leg Isolations1x2 each legElbows locked. Hands, shoulders & hips in 1 line. Bring the foot right above. Do not externally rotate the leg. Move slow!
L Handstand Leg Isolations2x2 each sideFocus on isolation! Move 1 leg at the time only. Do not jump away from the wall. Do not bring the foot further away from the wall than the hands as a counterweight! Keep your shoulders over your hands at all times and do not arch your back!
L Handstand Wall Taps2x1 each sideCome closer to the Wall with your hands to make the way a bit shorter!
Slide Away1x3Start with your body in a perfectly straight line. Feet are the only thing touching the wall. Look at your hands and push out tall. Elbows locked. Move your shoulders to the front and slide the feet down the wall. When you are about to fall over take off from the wall and align yourself in a straight, freestanding handstand. Come abck to the wall as one straight unit. Do not close your shoulders on the way back. Do not pull your hips during the slide away. Do not arch your back. The only position change should be in the shoulders!
Slide Away to Straddle2x2
Straddle Slide Away1x3Do not pike. Do not arch your back. Go slow and focus on perfect technique!
Straddle Slide Away to Legs Together2x2
Tuck Slides2x3Knees touch the wall. Knees stay together. Hands shoulder width apart! Look at your hands at all times. Do not round your lower back. Do not close shoulders.
Tuck Take Off2x2Have your hands slightly further than in a regular tuck slide. Do not lean forward with your shoulders to take the feet off the wall. Instead simply peel the feet off but bending the knees more.
Box Tuck Walk1x2Make sure your box is high enough so your lower back does not round in the tuck position. Better use a box too high than too low!
Box Tuck Single Leg Isolation1x2 each legIn the box tuck position extend one leg out towards the ceiling. Make sure the leg stays in 1 straight line right above the hands, shoulders and hips. Keep your immobile leg fully bent! Make sure your box is high enough so your lower back does not round in the tuck position. Better use a box too high than too low!
Box Tuck Leg Isolation2x each side

Freestanding

DemoExerciseSets & RepsHow to/Cues
Straight to Tuck to Straight2x2Do not round your back or close your shoulders when lowering into the tuck handstand.
Straight to Straddle to Straight2x2Elbows locked, scapular elevated, do not arch or pike.
Vertical Leg Isolations From Straight2x1 each sideFrom a straight handstand pull 1 knee down towards your chest. Stop pulling the knee down just before your lower back rounds! Keep the top leg immobile on top of your hips, shoulders and hands. Do not use the top leg as a counter weight!
Lateral Leg Isolations from Straight2x1 each sideFocus on moving 1 leg at the time exclusively! Externally rotate the leg as soon as you move it!

Conditioning

DemoExerciseSets & RepsHow to/Cues
Chest to Wall Press3xOnly do the lowering part as slow as possible. Try keeping your shoulders over the hands
Bench Zombie to Slow Lower5xFocus on the Bench Zombie technique first! Then focus on working against gravity. Slow the downwards momentum down as much as possible. It is normal that your legs might drop to the floor like heavy stones during the first attempts. Over time you will identify and then train the muscles needed to control this drill!
Take offs at Wall from 1 Block2x3Similar to the walking dead begin by leaning your shoulders in front. Keep your elbows locked and push your index finger into the floor. Lift the feet off, open your legs sligthly and land on the yoga blocks. Keep your knees and elbows locked the whole time. Do not jump! Place your hands closer to the wall for increased difficulty!
2on2 Half Slide Away2x3If you do not have blocks place your hands on the floor as close to each other as possible!
2on2 Tuck Slides2x3If you do not have blocks place your hands on the floor as close to each other as possible!
Walking Dead25xLean your shoulders in front and push your index finger into the floor. Push your hips towards the ceiling so your feet lift off the floor. Keep your hips in that high position, striaghten out your shoulders and pull your feet towards your hands using your hip flexors and compression muscles. Place your feet on the floor right by your wrist, replace your hands and start again from the top!
L Handstand Shrugs2x10Place your feet on a box, table or chair. Look at your hands. Elbows locked. Hands, shoulders and hips in 1 vertical line. Slowly sink into your shoulders and push back out tall!
Sitting Leg Lifts2x10 & 10sec holdStart with hands between the knees but work on getting them between your hands. The further infront the better! Back is straight! Shoudlers down!
V-Up Combi10xLeft, Right, Both, Both = 1 Rep. Knees locked, back straight!

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Start lying on your stomach face down. Legs are locked and nothing moves except for arms.
Arms in 90° angle, with elbows aligned around the height of your eyes.
Focus on pulling your shoulder blades together as you lift your arms and chest up off the ground. Then bring your hands back to your forehead, and back again.

Start by lying on your stomach. Go from a W-Raise into a Y-Raise, meaning extend your arms up in front of you. Once they are extended in front of you lift them up towards the ceiling a little. That is one rep.

Start by lying on your stomach with your arms extended on each side. Have the back of your hand on the floor. Initiate the lift by externally rotating your arms until your thumb is facing the ceiling. Try to lift your chest up as high as you can, as you squeeze your shoulder blades together and pull your shoulder blades back.

Lying with stomach on floor, extend arms to the side and create small circular movements, forward and backwards. Keep head on ground.

Interlace fingers behind your head and lift elbows as high as you can. Head stays on the ground the entire time. Legs are locked and feet pointed.

With all wrist warm ups there is no specific number I want you to do, just do them until your wrists are fully warmed up. Generally better take more time to warm up instead of less. Pick the exercises that feel the best for your wrists, and if you already have a wrist warm-up routine, just go with that one.

Exercise 1 - Place palm of hand on the floor in various positions and angles (e.g. fingers facing your knees, fingers pointing to the outside, etc) while you load weight on to your arms gently

Exercise 2 - Place one hand on top of the other and only move your arm around (from straight to bend, imagine you are drawing circles with your elbow)

Exercise 3 - Place back of hands on ground and gently load weight on to your arms. Move around from side to side, front and back to stretch them out a bit.

Extend your arms in front of you and open/close your hands. Work on extending your fingers fully.

Interlace your hands in front of your body and fully rotate your wrists around in one direction and then the other direction.

Put hands together in front you in a prayer position. Move hands downwards and elbows out to introduce a stretch. Go through these until wrists feel warm and ready