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Handstand Training

Here is your full workout as an overview. This overview includes name, reps, short cue  and if you expand (“+”) you’ll also see a quick demo of the movement. To access the full tutorial just click on the exercise name & a screen will pop up on top with long description & how-to. Enjoy! 

Specific 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 Back1x3Push 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!
Straight to Straddle - On Back1x3Cover your ears with your shoulders, look at your hands pushing against the wall. Keep your lower back pushed against the floor. As soon as your legs open externally rotate them! Keep your feet at the same distance to the floor the whole time. Stop opening your legs when the feet begin to move upwards away from the floor!
Kneeling Shoulder Shrugs1x8Look at hands. Elbows locked. Reach with your hands to the ceiling and lift your shoulders as high as possible. Hands shoulder width apart. Extra slow on way down
Wrist Warm-UpFew reps eachChoose 2-3 Exercises, or feel free to add your own. Go through these until your wrists feel ready.

Handstand Training

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
High Push Up Shrugs1x5Look at hands. Elbows locked. Hands shoulder width apart. Extra slow on way down
Walk hands in push up1x2
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!
Walk Hands in Downward Dog with feet on chair1x3Start in a push up position with your feet on a chair. Walk your hands towards the chair until your hands, shoulders and hips are in 1 vertical line. push your shoulders up towards the ears. Then walk back.
Wall Crow2x
Box Tuck Shrugs2x6Extra slow on the way down!

Conditioning

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Elbow Plank Hold2x20secCore and glutes engaged. Body parallel to the floor. Head in neutral position looking at floor
Kneeling Shoulder Shrugs with Elastic2x6Look at hands. Elbows locked. Hands shoulder width apart. Extra slow on way down
Bent Over Back Row with Elastic2x6Knees sligthly bent. Lean in front. Pull the elastic up along your body as if you were trying to pull your pants up. Squeeze your elbows towards each other behind your body.
Bent Over Back Flies with Elastic2x6Knees sligthly bent. Lean in front. Back of the hand faces the ceiling. Shoulders down. Elbow sligthly bent.

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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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