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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 here.

Hi Jen,

and welcome to your custom training program.

Below you will find a warm up to do every day, 1 handstand focused workout and 1 press focused workout. 
I would recommend starting by doing each 2 times per week building up to doing each 3 times per week.

Below you also find a flexibility focused program which will help you with the press specific stretches.
You can do that one up to 6 times a week!

 

Enjoy and let me know if you got any questions!

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.

Practice

Learning handstands well takes time. In these workouts we focus on pushing out tall, learning to actually control and not to balance and on isolating the legs. 
Enjoy

Handstand Training

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Wall Walks2x3Keep shoulder elevation
Tuck Slides2x3Make sure your knees touch the wall as soon as you bend them.
L Handstand single leg isolations1x2 each legHand shoulders and knees should be in 1 perfect vertical line
45 bring both legs away from wall2x1 each leg
Slide Aways2x3Use only shoulders to initiate the move
2on2 tuck slides3x2
Tuck to straight to tuck3x1
Tuck jumps2x5

Press Conditioning

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Wall Walks3x2Hands shoulder width apart. Look at your hands. Push out tall. Elbows locked. Core engaged! Do not arch your back!
Half Slide Away3x2Only use shoulders to initiate movement
Tuck Slides3x3Keep back from arching or piking. Knees together!
Floating 45degrees handstand3x6 switches
Lower From Handstand4x1
Lower to Box4sets, 1repRemember the proper technique
Box Zombie Lower to Compression Hold5sets, Max HoldSqueeze everything out that is left
Walking dead4x10
Stalder lift offs on box with bent knees3x4-6
Active Pancake Stretch2sets, 10reps

Specific stretches

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Standing Active Pancake Warm Up1set, 10reps
1 Legged Good Mornings1set, 8reps each side
Do the exercises above on one side first, then change
Runners Stretch1min
Side Runners Stretch1min
Runners Stretch Reps1set, 10reps
Advanced Runners Stretch Combi1set, 10,10,10
Do everything above on one side first, then change sides
Press V-up Combi with Rope10reps
Sitting leg lifts1set, 10lifts, 10sec hold, 10pulses
Press Prep8reps

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.

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