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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
Forehead to W8xRotate your thumbs up during the W part. Make sure that your elbows are 90 degrees bent and in line with the shoulders. Do not lift the entire upper body. Only lift the elbows and hands.
Straight to W8xFirst reach out towards the front to elevate the scapula then lift the hands up towards the ceiling. On the way back stop with your elbows in line with the shoulders. Lift your elbows and hands up towards the ceiling here as well. Keep your chest on the floor at all times.
Back Extensions8xStart by internally rotating your arms so the back rounds and the pinky fingers touch the floor. Then externally rotate the arm, 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. Open your legs sligthly for this exercise.
Arm Circles10x each directionIsolate the movement into the arms only. The rest of the body stays tight and immobile. Quick, small and dynamic circles to wake the shoulders up and get them ready.
Elbow Lifts8xKeep your forehead on the floor and interlock your fingers behind your head.
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 UpAs neededStretch your wrists on the floor in all possible directions.

The Wall

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!
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 Off - Hold2x2Have 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 Single Leg Isolation1x3 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 Isolation2x1 each sideFocus on isolation! Move 1 leg at the time only. Do not jump away from the box. Do not arch your back using the leg as a counterweight! Keep your shoulders over your hands at all times. Do not round your back when you bring the first knee back to the box!
Lower to Box Tuck2x1 each sideDo not close your shoulders or move them in front while lowering the knees. Keep your feet on 1 straight vertical line and isolate the work into the hip flexors. Use your lower back musces to prevent posterior pelvic tilt.
Straight to Tuck to Straight2xDo not round your back or close your shoulders when lowering into the tuck handstand.
Vertical Leg Isolations From Straight2x2 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!
2on2 Slide Away2x2Connect your 2 blocks touching each other side by side on the floor. If you do not have blocks place your hands on the floor only having the side of the index finger and side of the thumbs touch each other. You can also cross your thumbs. Lean your shoulders towards the front sliding the feet down the wall. When your weight is all the way in front take the feet off the wall and push up into a straight handstand. Hold it for a moment and then drop back towards the wall with a solid and completely straight body. Do not pike at your hips. Do not arch your back!
Miami Slide Away3x2 each side
Small Side Bends - Wall3x2 each side

The Open Space

DemoExerciseSets & RepsHow to/Cues
Tuck Jumps2x5Start with your shoulders right above your hands and your knees close to the hands. Keep your arms locked and jump into a tuck handstand. Align your hips with your already aligned hands and shoulders. Keep your knees low by your chest not to fall over. Do not focus on holding the tuck. The ony goal here is to align everything!
Tuck to Straight3xFocus on your tuck jump first. As soon as you have aligned your hips with your already aligned hands and shoulders extend your legs up in a perfectly straight line. Look at your hands and keep your elbows locked at all times. Elevate your scapula so your shoulders cover your ears!
Straight to Tuck to Straight3xSwing up and work on the lower to tuck!
Straight to Straddle to Straight2x2Elbows locked, scapular elevated, do not arch or pike.

Conditioning

DemoExerciseSets & RepsHow to/Cues
2on2 Tuck Slides2x4If you do not have blocks place your hands on the floor as close to each other as possible!
Walking Dead25x totalLean 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!
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!

You made it!

You’ve reached the end of this workout. Go use your legs and get food, a drink or whatever else gives you joy! 

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