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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.

Look after yourself and only do what feels safe enough.
Make sure to warm up well. 

Specific Warm Up

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Forehead to W8 repsGo slow and focus pulling shoulder blades together
Straight to W8 repsActively keep lifting arms up on Y-Raises
Back Extensions8 repsInitiate lift by externally rotating your arms until thumb is facing the ceiling
Arm Circles8 per directionExtend arms to the side and create small circular movements
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
Wall Walks1x3Scapular 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!
Tuck Slides1x4Knees touch the wall. Knees stay together. Hands shoulder width apart! Look at your hands at all times. Do not round your lower back. Do not close shoulders.
Tuck Take Off to Straight2x2Have your hands slightly 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.
L Handstand Leg Isolations2x1 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!
Straddle Slide Away1x3Do not pike. Do not arch your back. Go slow and focus on perfect technique!
Slide Away to Lateral Leg Isolation2x2 each sideGo slow. Focus on isolating the legs inside of your hips. In full straddle they are externally rotated. When the legs are together the feet should be in parallel.

Freestanding Training

DemoExerciseSets & RepsHow to/Cues
Tuck to Straight5xFocus on your tuck jump first. As soon as you have aligned your hips with your already aligned hands and shoulders extend your legs up in a perfectly straight line. Look at your hands and keep your elbows locked at all times. Elevate your scapula so your shoulders cover your ears!
Straight to Tuck to Straight1x2Do not round your back or close your shoulders when lowering into the tuck handstand.
Straight to Straddle to Straight1x2Elbows locked, scapular elevated, do not arch or pike.
Leg Circles From Tuck - Straight Straddle Tuck2x1 Keep elbows locked at all times. Do not round your lower back!
Leg Circles From Tuck - Straddle Straight Tuck2x1Keep elbows locked at all times. Do not round your lower back!
Straight Double Leg Isolations2x2 each sideKeep 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!
Tuck Double Leg Isolations2x
Vertical Leg Isolations From Straight1x2 each sideFrom a straight handstand pull 1 knee down towards your chest. Stop pulling the knee down just before your lower back rounds! Keep the top leg immobile on top of your hips, shoulders and hands. Do not use the top leg as a counter weight!
Lateral Leg Isolations from Straight1x2 each sideFocus on moving 1 leg at the time exclusively! Externally rotate the leg as soon as you move it!
Single Leg Circles from Straight2x1 each leg & each direction
Deep Side Bends - Wall1x2 each sideKeep your elbows locked and your scapula elevated at all times. Don't rotate. Imagine you are in a toaster. You do not want to burn your feet or shoulders. Keep your shoulders centered in the middle. Don't use them as a counterweight.
Straddle Slide Away Side Bends2x1 each sideLock your legs in a full straddle and keep them there at all times. Start by doing a straddle slide away before doing 1 side bend at the time. Make sure to keep your hips and shoulders parallel to the wall. The close proximity to the wall provides instant feedback for all small mistakes.

Conditioning

DemoExerciseSets & RepsHow to/Cues
Vertical Wall Walks - Legs Together1x 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!
Take Off to Press to Handstand2xStart on the floor with the blocks outside of each foot. Lean in front pushing the index finger into the floor. Lift your hips up and place your feet on the blocks. From here press to handstand. Remember proper technique and to focus on aligning the hips, shoulders and hands before unrolling the legs into the handstand.
Press Tap Press from 1 Block2x1Seperation is key here. On the way down towards the tap bring the legs around first. At this point your hands, shoulders and hips stay on one vertical line. Only when you can not pull your feet in any further sligthly move your shoulders towards the front, drop the hips towards the floor and gently tap the blocks. Keep your hip compression on the way back. Start by replacing your shoulders. Only when your hands, shoulders and hips are back in line the hips begin to open and the legs straddle around.
Tuck Planche Negatives to Bent Knee L Sit3x
Press Part 2 Chest to Wall2x2
Bent Knee Stalder Lift Offs2x4Keep your knees higher than your hips. Work on lifting your legs so high that your elbows become visible from the side. Push your shoulders down and show your long nad proud neck!
Press Take offs from 2 Blocks2x6
Dead L HSPU with Elevated Hands3x6-10
Kneeling Shoulder Shrugs with Elastic2x12Look at hands. Elbows locked. Hands shoulder width apart. Extra slow on way down

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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.

Start with your hand open facing towards the ceiling in extension. Now bring the tip of all 5 fingers together and and flex your wrist.

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