Happy Handstanding!

Handstand Program

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!

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
Wrist Warm-UpFew reps eachChoose 2-3 Exercises, or feel free to add your own. Go through these until your wrists feel ready.

Handstand Foundation

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Tuck to Straight to Tuck & Tuck to Straddle to Tuck1sets, 3reps eachDo both shape transitions each one 3x. Maintain shoulder elevation at all times!
Leg Circles, two directions1sets, 2reps each directionDirection 1: Tuck - Straight - Straddle - Tuck | Direction 2: Tuck - Straddle - Straight - Tuck
Vertical Leg Isolations From Straight3x each legFrom 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 Straight3x each legFocus on moving 1 leg at the time exclusively! Externally rotate the leg as soon as you move it!
2on2 Leg Circles2x each directionUse two blocks side by side touching each other. If you do not have blocks place your hands on the floor next to each other. Isolate your hips and shoulders. Do not move them at all and only move the legs inside of the hip joint. Pull your knees down towards your chest when you get to the tuck position.

Side Bend Warm Up

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Standing Side Bends2x6 each side
Kneeling Side Bends2x8 each side
Elevated Kneeling Side Bends1x6 each side
Deep Side Bends - Wall2x3 each side
Deep Side Bends - Freestanding2x2 each side
Miami Side Bends2x2 right
Deep Side Bends - Wall2x3 left only. place something next to you and touch it with the foor!Keep your elbows locked and your scapula elevated at all times. Don't rotate. Imagine you are in a toaster. You do not want to burn your feet or shoulders. Keep your shoulders centered in the middle. Don't use them as a counterweight.

One Arm Handstand Training

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Extreme Miami Floor Combi3x each side - split in halfs on left
Vertical Walk Down2x each sideHold the miami inside position. Hold the miami outside position. Do not rush. Do not just throw the block to the side!
3 Blocks Step1x on the left and on the right
Lateral Walks2x 4 blocks there | break | back Do not count the reps, make the reps count! 1 good step is better than finishing the whole set but rushing. Find the 1 arm position in every step! Leave your free shoulder down and keep the hips locked on the outside when you move the hand to the next block!
Miami Outside Hold on 2 Blocks - Straddle Straight Straddle2x2 on the right && On the Left just Straight to straddle 3xBlock elbow is bent. Supporting hand, shoulder and opposite hip in line. Isolate movement in legs only. Externally rotate the legs in the full straddle. Engage your glutes to fully open the hips in the straight handstand.
Miami Climb - Full Straddle4x each Freestanding on right in full straddle. At wall on Left legs together
Lateral Walks against the Wall with 1. Legs Together & 2. Legs Baby Straddlelegs together!Focus on shifting properly aka opposite hip over shoulder!
Vertical Walks with blocks on the side against the Wall with 1. Legs Together & 2. Legs Baby StraddleEach position: 1set, 1rep each sideAdd blocks on each side. Focus on shifting your opposite hip properly over your shoulder & keep pushing out tall, while leaving the shoulder of the free arm low/towards chin

Strength & Conditioning

Do this every other day!

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Lower from handstand3xGo as slow and controlled as possible. Focus on keeping your hips, shoulders and hands in 1 vertical line for as long as possible.
Bench Zombie Press3xFocus on technique! First perform a clean bench zombie. Then with your hands, shoulders and hips perfectly aligned take off and unrol into the handstand. Go slow and focus on each step!
Bench Zombie to Compression Hold3x
Chest to wall press2x3
Chest to wall leg lifts2x5 In case you do not find a slippery enough wall to do the presses. These leg lifts are pretty hardcore!!
Bent Knee Stalder Lift Offs2x6Keep your knees higher than your hips. Work on lifting your legs so high that your elbows become visible from the side. Push your shoulders down and show your long nad proud neck!
Take offs from 2 Blocks at Wall2x3
Walking Dead25x total
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!
Press V-Up Combi1set, 10reps

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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