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One Arm Handstands

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.

Wall Drills

DemoExerciseSets & RepsHow to/Cues
L Handstand Leg Isolations1x2 each sideFocus 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!
Slide Away1x3Start with your body in a perfectly straight line. Feet are the only thing touching the wall. Look at your hands and push out tall. Elbows locked. Move your shoulders to the front and slide the feet down the wall. When you are about to fall over take off from the wall and align yourself in a straight, freestanding handstand. Come abck to the wall as one straight unit. Do not close your shoulders on the way back. Do not pull your hips during the slide away. Do not arch your back. The only position change should be in the shoulders!

Freestanding

DemoExerciseSets & RepsHow to/Cues
Tuck to Straight & Tuck to Straddle 2x each1x2 eachKeep your elbows locked at all times and your scapular elevated. Only the legs should be moving during this drill. Nothing else!
Leg Circles - Straight Tuck Straddle2x2 each directionKeep elbows locked at all times. Do not round your lower back!
Lateral Leg Isolations from Straight1x3 each side alternatingFocus on moving 1 leg at the time exclusively! Externally rotate the leg as soon as you move it!
Straight Leg Isolations2xKeep your shoulders and hips squared and parallel. Do not round your back when bringing both legs down. Only go as far as you can keep perfect form. Do not bring both legs back up together. Instead straddle them around!
2on2 Slide Away2x3Connect 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!
2on2 Tuck to Straight2x3Use two blocks side by side touching each other. If you do not have blocks place your hands on the floor next to each other. Start with your shoulders already on top of your hands and keep them there the whole time. Do not arch your back and do not bend your elbows!
Single Leg Circles from Straight1x2 each side & each direction

Side Prep

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Standing Side Bends2x4-6 each side
One Legged Kneeling Side Bends2x4 each side
Elevated Kneeling Side Bends1x4 each side
Deep Side Bends - Wall2x3 each side
Deep Side Bends - Freestanding2x2 each side
Miami Side Bends2x2 each side

One Arm Training

DemoExerciseSets & RepsHow to/Cues
Miami Leg Circles2x2 each sidePlace the floor hand close to the block. Hips and shoulders are parallel to the floor with both scapular fully elevated. Bend the block elbow.
Miami Outside Hold full straddle3x5 sec each sideThe supporting elbow is locked and scpapular elevated. Place the floor hand close to the block and bring the supporting shoulder right above the hand. Side bend sligthly between your last ribs and hip bones in order to bring your opposite glute on top of the supporting shoulder. Keep the block elbow bent and block shoulder down.
Miami Floor Combi to Parallel Legs Straddle2x each side Miami Floor Combi to Parallel Legs Straddle
Step Up & Step Down2x2 each sideDo not move the blocks during this exercise. Start the way up and the way down with the same hand. Change sides after!
Lateral Walks4 blocks, there, break, backDo 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 to Stretched out Fingertip hold Full Straddle3x each side max hold
Miami Outside Hold on 2 Blocks - Straddle Straight Straddle2x2 each sideBlock 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.

Conditioning

DemoExerciseSets & RepsHow to/Cues
Vertical Wall Walks2x1 each sideThe longer this takes the better. Focus on every Position. Opposite hip on top of the supporting shoulder & hand. Floor hand close to the block. First transfer all the way on top then push up vertically only! Leave the floor hand on way up on the floor as long as possible!
Assisted 1 Arm Shrugs in L2x8 each side

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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