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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.

Handstand Training

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Box Tuck Walk
2x3
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.
Messy Tuck Wall Walk
2x3
Walk your hands towards the wall until your hands, shoulders and hips are aligned.
Keep your knees bent and finish in a slight anterior pelvic tilt.
Lock your elbows, elevate your scapula and look at the spot in between your hands.
Forearm Plank Push Up - Elevated Feet
2x4
Engage your shoulders and protract them slightly. Your shoulder blades should not stick out from your back.
Flex your feet on the floor and keep them next to each other.
Place your elbows right underneath your shoulders.
Wall Crow Single Leg Isolation
2x2 each side alternating
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.
Look at the spot in between your hands. Do not look at the wall placing your chin on your chest.
L Handstand Single Leg Isolation - Bent Knee
2x2 each side alternating
With the leg on top pressure on your shoulders is less horizontal and more vertical. Use this to push out extra tall. Work on holding this newly gained height on the way back down to the starting position.
Engage your back and pull your hips into a slight anterior pelvic tilt when you are brining the leg back to the wall to keep your weight in the fingertips. Do not allow your lower back to round when returning to the L.
Bend your wall knee slightly to ease pressure on the hamstring and allow yourself to focus fully on alignment. Make sure you lock out the working leg as soon as possible on its way up to the handstand.
Tuck Shoulder Lean at Wall
2x4

Conditioning

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Pike Push Up
2x6
Your upper body should travel down and back up on 1 diagonal line. Do not arch your back and do not push your shoulders towards your feet on top. Do not aim your nose towards the floor but your forehead.
Look at your hands and elevate your scapula in the starting position. Allow your scapula to depress naturally as you bend your arms.
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.
Pike Planche Lean - Elevated
2x4
Place your feet against the wall to prevent them from sliding and mark the distance of your hands to the wall on the floor to measure your progress over time. The closer your hands are the harder this becomes. Use your shoulder muscles and truly get the feeling of pushing your body backwards in each rep. Do not pull back with your hips!
Lock your elbows fully. This is a straight arm drill! Rotate the pits of your elbows about 45 degrees towards the front. Externally rotate your hands to ease the pressure on your wrists.
Keep your lower back straight and place your hips in a slight posterior pelvic tilt. Engage your core and glutes and align your hips with your feet and shoulders.
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 Leg Lift
8x
Place your hands shoulder width apart on the floor as far away from your center as possible. Push yourself!
Work with strength only. Do not slam your feet into the floor on the way back down.
Lock your knees and point your feet!
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