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Monday - handstand technique focus

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. 

Morning Mobility Routine

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
High Knees1 minLight on the toes, knees as high as possible. Posterior pelvic tilt. Go fast and get your your heart rate up!
Mountain Climbers1 minKnee as close as possible to the chest. Other knee is locked. Hips stay low. Back is straight. Core is engaged!
Hip Circles on Back5x each leg & each directionHips stay parallel to floor and tailbone stays on floor at all times!
Hamstring Bridges10xDo not arch lower back. Feet and Knees Hip width apart.
Bent Knee Windshield Wipers10xFeet pointed close to glutes. Knees stay together at all times.
Half Snow Angels10x90 degrees angle in hips & knees. Knees stay together. Do not allow hips to roll back.
Cat n Cow10xArch and round as much as possible. When round push mid spine towards the ceiling. When arched pull head back, push chest foward by squeezing the shoulder blades behind the back, push shoulders down. Hips stay over knees at all times!
Half Middle Split10xBoth knees, standing foot and pubic bone in line. Move side ways only.
Half Split30sec holdHips & shoulders parallel to the floor. Posterior pelvic tilt. Use wall/chair for balance if necessary
Half Split to Runners Stretch10xFocus on your posterior pelvic tilt in the Half Split position and the anterior pelvic tilt in the Runners Stretch. Keep your shoulders low and look in front at all times!
Active Runners Stretch8xLower back is straight. Core engaged. Working knee is locked. Hips & shouders parallel to the floor.
Active Sphinx10xPush arms into floor. Lower stomach stays on floor. Use back muscles ro raise and pull head back. Shoulders down!

Zoom Call - Handstand Theory Class

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.

Handstand Warm Up

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow 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!
Tuck Slides2x3Knees 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.
L Handstand Shoulder Corrections2x4Moving your shoulders back and forth towards and away from the wall. Focus on finding the spot when your hands, shoulders and hips are perfectly aligned! In the position push your glutes towards the ceiling.
L Handstand Single Leg Isolations1x2 each legElbows locked. Hands, shoudlers & hios in 1 line. Bring the foot right above. Do not externally rotate the leg. Move slow!
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!
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!
Slide Away2x3Start 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!

Handstand training

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Tuck Jumps1x5Start 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 Straight2x1Focus 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 Straddle to Straight2x2Elbows locked, scapular elevated, do not arch or pike.
Leg Circles - Straight Straddle Tuck2x2Keep elbows locked at all times. Do not round your lower back!
Straight Single Leg Isolations2x1 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!
Lateral Leg Isolations from Straight2x1 each legFocus on moving 1 leg at the time exclusively! Externally rotate the leg as soon as you move it!

Post Workout Stretches

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Back of Shoulder Stretch30sec each sideKeep your elbow locked and place the palm of your hand flat against the wall. Play with different angles until you find the one that works for you!
Active Sphinx30sec holdPush arms into floor. Lower stomach stays on floor. Use back muscles ro raise and pull head back. Shoulders down!
Prep for Half Split30sec each sideHips & shoulders parallel to the floor. Posterior pelvic tilt. Hips over back knee.
Half Split Side Bends30sec each sideHips and shoulders stay parallel. Posterior pelvic tilt. Reach up tall towards the ceiling and keep this length while bending towards the side!
Reverse Wrist Stretch30sec each sideGently stretch the wrist back into the opposite direction that you just worked on.

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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