Handstands have really started clicking for me the past year. I have gone from trying to fling myself up into a handstand a 1000 times in a row to get a couple of random seconds of air time to finding so much stability in my hand balancing and getting consistent air time almost every time I enter a handstand.
I have learned so much about handstanding the past year. Both from participating in heaps of handstand intensives, workshops, and classes but also from having a consistent hand balancing practice, lots of trial and error, and handstand play.
I wanted to share all the stuff I’ve learned with you all. That’s why I’ve decided to write a comprehensive handstand guide on it right here on the blog. The guide includes all of the things I wish I knew, when I first started practicing handstands.
If you want to set a concrete goal for yourself in regards to your handstand practice, click here to read about my favourite goal setting system.
Do remember that there are so many different ways to handstand. By sharing this series, I’m not saying that the way I handstand is the only right way to handstand. I’m writing this series because I want to share what helped me in my handstand practice and what I’ve seen have an effect on other people too. If anything doesn’t feel right for you, feel free to do it differently.
I’ve divided it into 5 different blog posts. Each new one will be building on top of the principles from the former posts.
The complete handstand guide includes:
- How to build the foundational strength and flexibility for handstand.
- How to find the most efficient and stable shape for handstand.
- How to build up the courage to go upside down by the wall.
- How to create balance in a free handstand + different ways to enter the handstand.
- A couple of handstand rehab exercises to release the wrists and shoulders to recover and balance out the body after handstanding.
I’m going to be sharing one post from the complete handstand guide a week for the next 5 weeks. I’m going to make sure to update this post with direct links as soon as the posts go live. That way you can jump straight to the step of the guide you want to learn more about, if you’re reading this after the posts go live.
I also feel the need to mention that you’re super welcome to skip some steps if some of the exercises and drills seem easy to you, or perhaps revisit the foundations if you feel like you skipped ahead too early.
No matter how you choose to use my handstand guide I urge you to check in with yourself and notice how your body responds to the exercises/drills. If an area starts hurting, it’s probably because it’s overworked. If that is the case for you, I recommend allowing more time for recovery in between practicing or decreasing the load / weight you put on that area for a while.
When you’re ready, head to the first post in the series by clicking here.
Best of luck on your handstand journey!