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Happy Handstanding!

Training 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! Also if you’d rather go through your program offline, download the pdf version, you can find it here.  Looking for your Dashboard? Find it here.

Warm-Up

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Shoulder Warm-Up on Floor8 reps eachDo one - either this, or Elastic at Wall. Alternate between these each session.
8-12reps with a total of 2 sets of:
Front Flies in 5 Angles
Elastic Chest Push-Up

8-12reps with a total of 2 sets of:
Back Flies in 5 Angles
Upward External Rotations

10-15reps with a total of 3 sets of:
Internal Rotations

10-15reps with a total of 3 sets of:
Outwards External Rotations

8-12reps with a total of 2 sets of:
Bent Over Back Flies in 3 Positions
Elastic Warm-Up At WallAs noted in drop-downDo one - either this, or Shoulder Warm-up on Floor. Alternate between these each session.
Wrist Warm-UpFew reps eachChoose 2-3 Exercises, or feel free to add your own. Go through these until your wrists feel ready.
Other rehab exercises as neededas neededIf you feel like you need to add others/do more - go for it!

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 get you closer towards that One Arm.

Handstand Foundations A

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Tuck to Straight & Tuck to Straddle 2x each1x2 each
Leg Circles1x2 each direction
Straight Leg Isolations1x
Tuck Leg Isolations1x
2on2 Straight Straddle Straight2x2

Handstand Foundations B

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Tuck to Straight & Tuck to Straddle 2x each1x2 each
Leg Circles1x2 each direction
Lateral Leg Isolations from Straight1x2 each leg
Lateral Leg Isolations from Tuck1x2
Single Leg Circles from Straight1x2 each leg & each direction
2on2 Straight Tuck Straight2x2

Side Warm Up

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Standing Side Bends1-2x4-6 each side
One Legged Kneeling Side Bends1x4 each side
Elevated Standing Side Bends1x5 each side
Deep Side Bends - Freestanding1x3 each side
Miami Side Bends - 2 Blocks2x2 each sidekeep the side of your face connected to your supporting shoulder. Hold each side bend for a moment!

OAHS Day A

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Small Transfers2x2 each side
Miami Transfers2x2 each side
Stretched Out Fingertip - Holds3x each side
Elastic One Arm4x each side

OAHS Day B

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Small Transfers2x2 each side
Miami Transfers2x2 each side
Miami Climbs - NO Wall2x2 each side
Jump to Miami Outside Hold - 2 Blocks
Miami Outside Hold on 2 Blocks - Straddle Straight Straddle3x1 - 2 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.

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.

No band alternative:

Do: 8-12 reps with a total of 2 sets
So... Front Flies, then Elastic Chest Push-ups, then Front Flies again, then Elastic Chest Push-ups

Wrist are facing front (away from wall)

Can alternatively be done at a cable pully system with very little weight at the gym.

Keep core engaged strong for all exercises. If core is loose shoulder rotation won’t work. This is also strengthening the core & stabilising muscles. Super important!!!

Do: 8-12 reps with a total of 2 sets
So... Front Flies, then Elastic Chest Push-ups, then Front Flies again, then Elastic Chest Push-ups

Rotate hands in push up: bend arms, knuckles facing up, extended hands face each other

Can alternatively be done at a cable pully system with very little weight at the gym.

Keep core engaged strong for all exercises. If core is loose shoulder rotation won’t work. This is also strengthening the core & stabilising muscles. Super important!!!

No Band Alternative:

Do: 8-12 reps with a total of 2 sets

Grab band with whole hand. Back of hand to back/away from wall.

Can alternatively be done at a cable pully system with very little weight at the gym.

Keep core engaged strong for all exercises. If core is loose shoulder rotation won’t work. This is also strengthening the core & stabilising muscles. Super important!!!

No Band alternative:

Do: 8-12 reps with a total of 2 sets

Grab band with whole hand. Back of hand to back/away from wall.

Can alternatively be done at a cable pully system with very little weight at the gym.

Keep core engaged strong for all exercises. If core is loose shoulder rotation won’t work. This is also strengthening the core & stabilising muscles. Super important!!!

No Band alternative:

Do: 10-15 reps with a total of 3 sets

Make sure you’re in line. Pull straight. Elbow stays in spot, use towel to make sure elbow stays on side. Put the thera-band/elastic on the same height as your elbow

Can alternatively be done at a cable pully system with very little weight at the gym.

Keep core engaged strong for all exercises. If core is loose shoulder rotation won’t work. This is also strengthening the core & stabilising muscles. Super important!!!

No band alternative:

Do: 10-15 reps with a total of 3 sets

Make sure you’re in line. Pull straight. Elbow stays in spot, use towel to make sure elbow stays on side. Put the thera-band/elastic on the same height as your elbow

Can alternatively be done at a cable pully system with very little weight at the gym.

Keep core engaged strong for all exercises. If core is loose shoulder rotation won’t work. This is also strengthening the core & stabilising muscles. Super important!!!

No Band alternative:

Do: 8-12 reps with a total of 2 sets

Perfect table position
Back engaged and tight whole time
Head in neutral position
3 different hand positions

Can alternatively be done at a cable pully system with very little weight at the gym.

Keep core engaged strong for all exercises. If core is loose shoulder rotation won’t work. This is also strengthening the core & stabilising muscles. Super important!!!

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