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Handstand Workout A

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
Forehead to W1x8Start with your head just off the floor and your hands underneath your forehead.
Rotate your hands for the thumbs to point towards the ceiling as your bring your arms to the W. Make sure you have a 90 degrees angle in your shoulders and that your elbows are in line with the shoulders. Pull your hands and elbows up towards the ceiling and not back.
Keep your chest on the floor the entire time and rotate your hands for the thumbs to point towards the ceiling.
Keep your legs engaged but on the floor. Point your feet and make your ankles touch.
Straight to W1x8Reach your hands out towards the front to elevate your scapula, then lift the hands up towards the ceiling keeping your chest on the floor.
On the way back stop with your elbows in line with your shoulders and a 90 degree angle in your elbows. Lift your forearms towards the ceiling and squeeze on top for a moment.
Keep your chest on the floor the entire time and rotate your hands for the thumbs to point towards the ceiling.
Keep your legs engaged but on the floor. Point your feet and make your ankles touch.
Back Extension1x8Lock your elbows and place your hands next to your hips. Start by internally rotating your arms so the back rounds and the pinky fingers touch the floor.
Then externally rotate your arms, squeeze your shoulder blades together in the back, look up towards the ceiling and engage the whole back lifting the upper body of the floor.
Keep your feet about shoulder width apart on the floor the entire time.
Move slowly! The longer this takes the more control and strength you will develop!
Elbow Lift1x8Interlock your hands behind your head and keep your forehead on the floor.
Lift your elbows up as you were trying to make them touch behind your head. Bring them back down slowly. Do not slam them into the floor.
Keep your legs engaged but on the floor. Point your feet and make your ankles touch.
Move slowly! The longer this takes the more control and strength you will develop!
Arm Circle1x12 each directionWith your arms locked and out by the side like an airplane perform small and dynamic circles.
Keep your chest on the floor and lift your head sligthly.
Keep your legs engaged but on the floor. Point your feet and make your ankles touch.
Salt Bae Wrist Curl1x8Start with the palm of your hand facing downwards in front of you.
Using your internal muscles stretch your hands open. Bring your wrist into full extension and spread your fingers wide.
Engage your forearm and hand muscles to make the tips of your fingers touch and curl your wrist into flexion.
Keep your hips and shoulders perfectly squared and parallel to the floor.
Wrist Warm Up1x20secGently stretch your wrists on the floor.
Rotate, twist and move them to stretch them in each direction.
Spend more time in positions where you feel less mobile or even stiff.
Keep your elbows locked and hands shoulder wide apart.
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
Single Leg Tuck Slide
1x3 each side alternating
Pull 1 knee down to the tuck at the time whilst keeping your shoulders and hips perfectly squared. Pull the knee down in a vertical line and avoid it sticking out to the side.
Do not push your feet up the wall too far between reps. Your hand-shoulder-hips line needs to stay intact at all times.
Touch the wall with your feet and the working knee and shin only.
45 Handstand Single Leg Tuck Slide
2x2 each side none alternating
Isolate the movement into the working leg only. Place the knee on the wall and pull it as low as possible without un-squaring the hips or flipping them into a posterior pelvic tilt.
Focus on the immobile leg. Keeping it perfectly stable is much harder than moving the other knee down to the tuck and back up.
Make sure your shoulders stay right on top of the center of your hands. Do not push them open in the direction of your armpits or allow them to close and slide in the direction of your back.
Single Leg Tuck Take Off
2x1 each side
Align the foot on top of your hips, shoulders and center of the hands. Before you take the second foot of you should already be in full control of your handstand.
If you feel like you have to arch your back to use the top leg as counter weight your alignment is off. Push out tall from your shoulders and move them on top of the center of your hands instead of trying to force this to work by opening into a banana position.
Bend your tuck knee fully as you take it off the wall and bring your heel close to your glutes. This will help bring the weight on top of the center of your hands.
Tuck Slide
1x4
Keep your knees together and make them touch the wall as you pull them down.
Pull your knees as low as possible whilst engaging your lower back. In the tuck position your hips need to be in a slight anterior pelvic tilt. As soon as your lower back rounds and your hips flip into a posterior pelvic tilt your knees are too low.
Lock your elbows, elevate your scapula and look at the spot in between your hands.
Tuck Take Off
2x2
Do not jump off the wall or lean or shoulder excessively towards the front to get off the wall.
Take both feet off the wall at the same time!
Lock your elbows, elevate your scapula and look at the spot in between your hands.
Box Tuck Walk
1x3
Take small and controlled steps with your hands facing towards the front.
Do not look at the box. Instead focus on a spot on the floor in between your hands.
Make sure the box for your tuck is high enough so that your hips are in a slight anterior pelvic tilt when you get to your final position. Only place the knees on the box.
Box Tuck Single Leg Isolation
2x2 each side 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.
Keep your immobile leg fully bent and the heel close to your glutes. Place your shoulders on top of the center of your hands and push out tall.
Make sure the box for your tuck is high enough. Your hips have to be in a slight anterior pelvic tilt and never in a posterior one. Only place the knees on the box.
Box Tuck Hover
2x1 each side
If you feel like you have to arch your back to use the top leg as counter weight your alignment is off. Push out tall from your shoulders and move them on top of the center of your hands instead of trying to force this to work by opening into a banana position.
Make sure the box for your tuck is high enough. Your hips have to be in a slight anterior pelvic tilt and never in a posterior one. Only place the knees on the box.
Keep your hover knee fully bent and keep the foot close to your glutes. This will help bring the weight on top of the center of your hands.

Conditioning

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Pike Push Up Negative
8x total
From your starting position draw an imaginary line starting at your hips through your shoulders and head. Extend this line until it hits the floor. Use this spot as a target for your head when lowering.
Consider placing a pillow on the floor underneath your head for added safety and comfort.
Allow your elbows to flare out naturally but aim to keep them approximately at a 45 degree angle. Keep your forearms vertical at all times and do not allow your elbows to point towards the back.
Superset - cycle the following 2 exercises
3 rounds



Valentines Day Walk Up Special
2x each side alternating
Separate the movements to stay clean and efficient.
Do not allow your body to swing from side to side.
Engage your shoulders and protract them slightly. Your shoulder blades should not stick out from your back.
Sitting L Sit Leg Lift - Block Assisted
8x
Work with strength only. Do not slam your feet into the floor on the way back down.
Lock your knees and point your feet!
Exhale as you lift your legs.
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