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Handstand Workout B

Here is your full workout for today. 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. 

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Specific Warm Up

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Butterfly Shoulder Warmup3x up and downStart with your arms fully extended in front of your chest with your palms facing each other.
Apply constant outwards pressure on the elastic as you raise your arms overhead and back.
Keep your shoulders down and look towards the front.
Engage your core to stabilize your position.
Overhead Warm Up Push1x8Start with your elbows 90 degrees bent by your side and your wrists connected with the elastic. Rotate your hands so your palms are facing each other.
Separate your movements. First rotate your arms inside of your shoulders to bring the elbows in front of your chest. Then push your hands overhead.
Keep your shoulders down and look towards the front.
Apply outwards pressure on the elastic the entire time but do not externally rotate your arms.
External Rotation with Loop1x8Start with your elbows 90 degrees bent by your side and your wrists connected with the elastic. Rotate your hands so your palms are facing each other.
Externally rotate your arms against the pressure of the elastic whilst keeping your elbows connected to your side.
Keep your shoulders down and look towards the front.
Engage your core to stabilize your position.
Looped Wall Step1x6 step each wayPlace your hands shoulder width apart on the wall in front of you.
Keep your shoulders down and look towards the front.
Slide your hand out on the wall against the pressure of the elastic. Keep your elbows locked.
Engage your core to stabilize your position.
Forearm Plank Shoulder Burner with Elastic and Foam Roller1x12Place your forearms on a foam roller with your shoulders on top of your elbows. Connect your hands with and elastic, rotate them so they face each other and pull apart.
Rock your elbows back and forth carefully whilst keeping your body stable.
Engage your core and create 1 straight line from your feet all the way through your neck.
Protract and depress your scapula. Do not allow your shoulder blades to stick out behind.
Up Down Wrist Waving1x10Hold your hands out in front of you with your elbows 90 degrees bent by your side.
Move your wrists from full flexion into full extension and back.
Stay in each extreme for a moment for an active stretch.
Keep your shoulders depressed and squared with your hips.
Prayer Pose Rotation1x6 each directionConnect the palms of your hands in front of your face and spread your fingers open wide.
Keeping your hands in a vertical position push them down in front of your body towards your belly button.
Keeping your hands low rotate them for the fingertips to point towards you and then away from you. Keep pressure on your wrists the entire time and rotate your hands sligthly further in each repetition.
Keep your shoulders depressed and squared with your hips.
Wall Walk1x2Engage your whole body! Do not allow your back to arch or your shoulder blades to stick out behind your back.
Take small and controlled steps with your hands facing towards the front.
Only your feet should touch the wall. Do not place your knees, hips or chest on the wall.
Do not look at the wall. Instead look at the spot in between your hands.

Handstand Training

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
L Handstand Single Leg Isolation
2x2 each side alternating
With the leg on top pressure on your shoulders is less horizontal and more vertical. Use this to push out extra tall. Work on holding this newly gained height on the way back down to the starting position.
Engage your back and pull your hips into a slight anterior pelvic tilt when you are brining the leg back to the wall to keep your weight in the fingertips. Do not allow your lower back to round when returning to the L.
In case of a temporary lack of hamstring flexibility bend your knee slightly to ease the tension.
L Handstand Single Leg Tuck
2x2 each side none alternating
Time your hips and knee. If you were watching this drill from the side the foot should travel up and back down on one vertical line.
Engage your back and pull your hips into a slight anterior pelvic tilt when you are brining the leg back to the wall to keep your weight in the fingertips. Do not allow your lower back to round when returning to the L.
In case of a temporary lack of hamstring flexibility bend your knee slightly to ease the tension.
45 Handstand Leg Isolation
2x1 each side
Focus on the way back and isolate the movement in 1 leg at the time. Do not use your top leg as a counter weight.
Keep your hips immobile. Do not let your hips slide back towards the wall between reps.
Keep your elbows locked and elevate your scapula fully at all times.
45 Handstand Lateral Leg Isolation
2x2 each side none alternating
Focus on the rotation of your leg inside of your hip. In the straddle position the leg needs to be externally rotated. When the leg is on top it needs to be in parallel.
Focus on the immobile leg. Keeping it perfectly still is much harder than moving the other one to straddle and back.
Due to the nature of this exercise you will be slightly piked in your single leg straddle position. This is ok as you gain lots of shoulder strength and coordination but moving the wall leg not just against gravity but also against the friction of the wall. Find a flat and even wall and wear slippery socks!
Half Slide Away
2x4
Do not pull your hips or arch your back. Stay in a perfectly straight line from shoulders to toes. The only position change should be in the shoulders and wrists.
Do not place your hands too far away from the wall. The main focus of this drill is not conditioning but technical refinement.
Keep your elbows locked and elevate your scapula fully at all times.
Slide Away
3x2
Do not pull your hips or arch your back. Stay in a perfectly straight line from shoulders to toes. The only position change should be in the shoulders and wrists.
Move slow and stay in control at all times. Do not use momentum to get off the wall. Do not jump off the wall and do not take 1 foot at the time off the wall.
Come back to the wall with your entire body from wrists to toes in 1 straight line.

Conditioning

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Bench Forearmstand Hip Engagements
2x6



Bench Zombie to Slow Lower
2x4
As you take your feet off first try to keep your hands, shoulders and hip line active. Use your hip flexors only to pull the feet in. When you can not go any further allow your shoulders to move towards the front and for your hips to dip down.
Place your hands shoulder width apart on the floor with your fingers facing towards the front! Lock your elbows and rotate their pits towards the front. Elevate your scapula!
Go as slow as possible and try to stay in control the entire time! If you feel like you are going to low and you are about to lose control: Stop and simply try to freeze in place!
L Handstand Pull
2x2
Start with your body in a perfectly straight line from hands to toes.
Flip your hips into an anterior pelvic tilt and make them guide the movement. Align your shoulders and hips on top of your hands as your feet slide down the wall. Walk your feet back up the wall between reps.
Keep your elbows locked and scapula elevated at all times.
Back to Wall Press - Negative



Walking Dead
2x12
Lean your shoulders towards the front to transfer weight from your feet into your hands. Raise on your tippy toes and resist with your shoulders to prevent them from collapsing. Push your index fingers into the floor.
Engage your lower back to pull on your hips. Do not allow your lower back to round or your shoulders to collapse towards the front.
In case of a temporary lack of hamstring flexibility bend your knees slightly to ease the tension.
Elbow Tap in L
2x4 each side alternating
Place your shoulders on top of the center of your hands, lock your elbows and keep your hands shoulder wide apart with the fingers facing towards the front. Look at your hands! Engage your lower back to pull on the hips in the direction of the anterior pelvic tilt to stabilize the hips on top of the hands.
Place your feet on a box, table or kitchen counter for the legs to be about parallel to the floor. Do not place your feet against the wall!
In case of a temporary lack of hamstring flexibility bend your knees slightly to ease the tension.
L Forearmstand Shoulder Shrug with Feet on Box
2x8
Look at the floor between your forearms.
Move especially slow and careful on the way down when you depress your scapula to protect your shoulders from impact and to build strength and awareness in this vulnerable position.
Place your feet on a box, table or kitchen counter for the legs to be about parallel to the floor. Do not place your feet against the wall!
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