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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
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.

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 side
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 side
Reverse Wrist Stretch30sec each side

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