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Peter Van Dillen

Handstand Training

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.

 

specific warm up

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Elastics - Front Flies in 5 Angles2x8-12 each
Elastics - Back Flies in 5 Angles2x8-12 each
Elastics - Outward External Rotations3x8 each side alternating
Elastics - Internal Rotations3x8 each side alternating
Elastics - Upward External Rotations3x8 each side alternating
Cross Pull Elastic Shoulder Rehab2x8 each side alternating
Wrist Warm-UpFew reps eachChoose 2-3 Exercises, or feel free to add your own. Go through these until your wrists feel ready.
Mobility Back Row2x8 each side

Wall Prep

DemoExerciseVideoHow to/Cues
Wall Walks1x2Scapular 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!
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 Training

DemoExerciseSets & RepsHow to/Cues
Tuck to Straight & Tuck to Straddle 2x2 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 Straddle Tuck2x2
Single Leg Circles from Straight1x2 each leg each direction
Straight Single Leg Isolations1x2 each legKeep your top leg immobile. Do not use it as a counter weight. Keep your hips and shoulders squared and parallel. Push out tall and keep your weight in the fingertips!
2on2 Slide Away1x2
2on2 Leg Circles2x1 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 Warm Up

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

One Arm Prep

DemoExerciseSets & RepsHow to/Cues
Miami Straight Straddle Straight2x2 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.

Conditioning

DemoExerciseSets & RepsHow to/Cues
2on2 Tuck Slides2x2
Kneeling Shoulder Shrugs with Elastic2x6
Vertical Wall Walks1x down and up on 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!

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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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