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Warm Up Stretches


Rest between sets: None
Intensity: LightPress Coordination Warm Up


Rest between sets: As Needed
Intensity: Moderate | Focus on form

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Parallel Runners Stretch Reaches
2x6 each side



Active 1 Legged Pike Stretch & Hold on Back
10x pull & 10 sec Hold



Stalder Training


Rest between sets: As Needed
Intensity: Moderate | Leave 2 reps in reserve in each set

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Pike Negative to Straddle Press
2x2
Only when your feet can not come any lower lean your shoulders towards the front sligthly and allow your lower back to round and the hips to drop.
When pressing back up keep your feet close to each other at first whilst your push your shoulders back in and hips back up. The goal is to keep the feet close to the wrists whilst we re-establish the hand, shoulder hip line before bringing the legs around in the straddle press.
Keep your elbows locked, elevate your scapula and straighten your knees!
Extreme Chest to Wall Leg Lifts
1x3
When you return to the wall first open your shoulders fully and then untighten your hip flexors to bring the heels back to the wall. If your heels touch the wall whilst you open the shoulders you know you did not properly hold your compression.
Start with your hands, shoulders and hips vertically aligned with only feet touching the wall. The exact distance to the wall will depend on your current level of flexibility.
Engage your legs! Lock your knees, point your feet and squeeze the water out of them.
Chest to Wall Press, Lower to Stalder
3x1

Hold this extreme amount of compression as you lean your shoulders towards the front and lower to the stalder.
Go as slow as possible and try to stay in control the entire time! If you feel like you are about to lose control: Stop and simply try to freeze in place!
L Sit to Standing with Bent Knees to Straddle Press
3x1
Remind yourself of proper Press to Handstand technique. Lean your shoulders towards the front to transfer weight from your feet into your hands, then pull with your back to bring your hips up and shoulders back in. Keep your feet close to your arms at this point. Only once everything is aligned bring your legs around.
Fully lock your elbows. This is a straight arm skill! Treat it as such!

Stalder Conditioning


Rest between sets: 1-2 min
Intensity: Elevated | Leave only 1 rep in reserve in each set

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
L Sit to Half Stalder Press
2x1 each side
Lift your hips high enough in each rep for your leg to clear the arm. You want the leg to move around the arm whilst staying fully compressed!
Hit the Half Stalder Position properly in each rep. Lift your legs, depress your scapula, look up and show a long neck!
Fully lock your elbows. This is a straight arm skill! Treat it as such!
Tuck Planche Pull Take Offs
2x4
Protract and depress your scapula. Do not allow your shoulder blades to stick out behind. Round your back as you pull into the tuck.
As your knees reach your chest resist with your shoulders and take your feet off the floor. Squeeze for a moment and push your hips upwards before returning to the floor.
Lock your elbows fully. This is a straight arm drill! Rotate the pits of your elbows about 45 degrees towards the front. Externally rotate your hands to ease the pressure on your wrists.
Elevated Standing Pike Planche Leans
2x5
Place your feet against the wall to prevent them from sliding and mark the distance of your hands to the wall on the floor to measure your progress over time. The closer your hands are the harder this becomes. Use your shoulder muscles and truly get the feeling of pushing your body backwards in each rep. Do not pull back with your hips!
Lock your elbows fully. This is a straight arm drill! Rotate the pits of your elbows about 45 degrees towards the front. Externally rotate your hands to ease the pressure on your wrists.
Keep your lower back straight and place your hips in a slight posterior pelvic tilt. Engage your core and glutes and align your hips with your feet and shoulders.
Stalder Leg Lifts
2x6
Push your shoulders down. Show your neck long and proud like a swan.
Use your hip flexors and core compression muscles to lift the legs. In the same time stabilize your body with your shoulders.
Use blocks, books, parallettes or anything similar to elevate your hands. This will create room for your hips and make things easier.
Bent Knee Stalder Lift Offs
2x5
The goal is for the knees to be slightly higher than the hips and for the glutes to be above the elbows. Compress! Imagine the floor is lava and you are trying to get away!
Fully lock your elbows and push your shoulders down in each rep.
Consider externally rotating your hands to ease pressure on the wrists.
L Sit Pulls
2x4
Push your shoulders down. Lean your shoulders towards the front and pull your hips back. Use your anterior deltoid muscles to push the shoulders open and your compression muscles to pull your upper body towards your legs.
Fully lock your elbows. This is a straight arm drill! Consider rotating your hands on the floor so your fingertips are pointing outwards to ease pressure on the wrists.
Lock your knees and point your feet!

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