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Happy Handstanding!

Training Program - A

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

Practice

Learning handstands takes time. The current goal is to establish good and solid technique, learn how to push out of your shoulders properly and isolate leg movement.

HANDSTAND Technique

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow 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!
Forearm L Handstand Leg Isolation5x10secOnly look at the first half of this video!! Look at the floor between your forearms and do not let your face/head touch the floor!
L Handstand Single Leg Isolations1x2 each sideElbows locked. Hands, shoudlers & hios in 1 line. Bring the foot right above. Do not externally rotate the leg. Move slow!
45 Handstand Leg Isolations1x1 each legFocus on isolation! Move 1 leg at the time only. Do not jump away from the wall. Do not bring the foot further away from the wall than the hands as a counterweight! Keep your shoulders over your hands at all times and do not arch your back!
L Handstand Leg Isolations2x1 each sideFocus on isolation! Move 1 leg at the time onle. Do not jump away from the wall. Do not bring the foot further away from the wall than the hands!
Slide Away2x3
Straddle Slide Away3x2Do not pike. Do not arch your back. Go slow and focus on perfect technique!
Tuck Slides1x3Knees touch the wall. Knees stay together. Hands shoulder width apart! Look at your hands at all times. Do not round lower back. Do not close shoulders.
Tuck Take Off3x2Have your hands sligthly 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.
Partial Tuck Jumps2x4Start with your shoulders over your hands and keep them there at all times. Look at your hands and keep your elbows locked. Jump with your feet on the box right behind you without moving your shoulders backwards. in a second jump align your hips with your already aligned hands and shoulders. Do not focus on holding the tuck. The goal here is only to align everything and come straight back down.
Tuck to Straight4x1
Swing Up to L5x each sideWeight in hands before you even start. Shoulders above hands. Swing hips and top leg right above. Do not bend the legs. Do not externally rotate. Do not bend your elbows!
L Wall Jumps3x each side

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