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Handstand Training

Here is the full workout. 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. 

Warm Up

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Forehead to W8xRotate your thumbs up during the W part. Make sure that your elbows are 90 degrees bent and in line with the shoulders. Do not lift the entire upper body. Only lift the elbows and hands.
Straight to W8xFirst reach out towards the front to elevate the scapula then lift the hands up towards the ceiling. On the way back stop with your elbows in line with the shoulders. Lift your elbows and hands up towards the ceiling here as well. Keep your chest on the floor at all times.
Back Extensions8xStart by internally rotating your arms so the back rounds and the pinky fingers touch the floor. Then externally rotate the arm, 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. Open your legs sligthly for this exercise.
Arm Circles10x each directionIsolate the movement into the arms only. The rest of the body stays tight and immobile. Quick, small and dynamic circles to wake the shoulders up and get them ready.
Elbow Lifts8xKeep your forehead on the floor and interlock your fingers behind your head.
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 UpAs neededStretch your wrists on the floor in all possible directions.

Wall Drills

DemoExerciseSets & RepsHow to/Cues
Wall Walks2x2Scapular 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!
L Handstand Single Leg Isolations2x2 each leg alternatingElbows locked. Hands, shoulders & hips in 1 line. Bring the foot right above. Do not externally rotate the leg. Move slow!
45 Handstand Leg Isolations3x1 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!
Slide Away to Straddle2x2First do your regular slide away and then open into a straddle. Do not drop the legs. Instead carefully carry them down. Do not try to outrun your balance!
Straddle Slide Away to Legs Together2x2First do your slide away. Then close your legs. Work on holding the straight handstand after. Focus on your shoulder position, scapula elevation and make sure to keep your hips in a nutral position.
Box Tuck Leg Isolation2x1 each sideFocus on isolation! Move 1 leg at the time only. Do not jump away from the box. Do not arch your back using the leg as a counterweight! Keep your shoulders over your hands at all times. Do not round your back when you bring the first knee back to the box!
Lower to Box Tuck1x each sideDo not close your shoulders or move them in front while lowering the knees. Keep your feet on 1 straight vertical line and isolate the work into the hip flexors. Use your lower back musces to prevent posterior pelvic tilt.
L Wall Jumps3x each leg

Freestanding

DemoExerciseSets & RepsHow to/Cues
Tuck Jumps2x5Start with your shoulders right above your hands and your knees close to the hands. Keep your arms locked and jump into a tuck handstand. Align your hips with your already aligned hands and shoulders. Keep your knees low by your chest not to fall over. Do not focus on holding the tuck. The ony goal here is to align everything!
Tuck to Straight3xFocus 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!

Conditioning

DemoExerciseSets & RepsHow to/Cues
Single Leg Tuck Slide4x1 each side. CLEAN!Just like a regular tuck slide but pull down 1 leg at the time. Make sure your shoulders are covering your ears and that your hands, hips and shoulders stay squared at all times. Do not let the pressure of the leg push your shoulders away from the wall, keep your elbows locked and look at your hands!
Half Slide Away1x4Start 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 stop and push your feet back up on the wall back to your starting position. Do not pull your hips during this movement. Do not arch your back. The only position change should be in the shoulders!
L Handstand Shrugs2x8Place your feet on a box, table or chair. Look at your hands. Elbows locked. Hands, shoulders and hips in 1 vertical line. Slowly sink into your shoulders and push back out tall!
Kneeling Shoulder Shrugs with Elastic2x12Look at hands. Elbows locked. Hands shoulder width apart. Extra slow on way down
Vertical Wall Walks - Legs Together2x1 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!

Leg Tightening

DemoExerciseSets & RepsHow to/Cues
Sissors on Back2x30secQuick and dynamic movements. Lock your knees fully. Keep your core engaged.
Ronds de Jambe a Terre2x8 each sideKeep your knee as close as possible to the floor during the circle part. Externally rotate the leg. Fully lock the knee every time.
Sitting Knee Extension with Block2x20+20sec holdLock your knees 120% on each rep. Point your feet with the ankles and big toes touching each other. Hold the top squeeze for a moment on each rep.
Knee Extensions on Stomach2x20+20sec holdLock your knees 120% on each rep. Point your feet with the ankles and big toes touching each other. Hold the top squeeze for a moment on each rep.

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