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    I've noticed quite a few recent posts about doing handstands. Learning to do them the traditional way kicking your legs up against a wall can be a little iffy and possibly lead to hyper extension of the spine.

    In my humble opinion it is better to work at them by facing the opposite way and doing Wall Crawls. This is an awesome exercise that gives you all the benefits of regular handstands while keeping your spine in a better position. Transitioning through from the push up position into the handstand position is also one of the best upper body exercises there is.

    This is me doing them some time ago:


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    Looking good!! Have you tried holding the handstand for longer amounts of time??

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    • #3
      Nice!

      They can also be a good progression to a planche if you don't move your hands as fat forward when you walk down the wall, stopping and holding your feet in the wall about a foot off of the floor (for add long as you can).
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      • #4
        Originally posted by John Watson View Post
        Looking good!! Have you tried holding the handstand for longer amounts of time??

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        Yes buddy, this is a pic of me doing shoulder taps while holding the position. My intention was never to be good at handstands per se though, my only reason for doing the wall crawls and shoulder taps was to improve my shoulder strength/shoulder stability and general upper body strength.

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        • #5
          Awesome! I'm trying to get to a handstand! Currently, I am working on dips, pull ups, and squats M, W, and F. Walk 3-4 miles on T and Th. Rest and Relax on the weekend.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by John Watson View Post
            Awesome! I'm trying to get to a handstand! Currently, I am working on dips, pull ups, and squats M, W, and F. Walk 3-4 miles on T and Th. Rest and Relax on the weekend.

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            Sounds good buddy, don't forget to work the core, that plays a huge role in handstand holds !

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            • #7
              When we were kids we just did handstands out on the grass. Not sure why adults need walls, but I admit my handstand days are long in the past.
              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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              • #8
                Handstands and training to do one can be good/fun, my only advice would be to ensure you have strong shoulders before attempting them.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                  When we were kids we just did handstands out on the grass. Not sure why adults need walls, but I admit my handstand days are long in the past.
                  Because we are weak and can't stay up and hold balance.

                  It's embarrassing to fall over on your back or on your face. And then you have to get your glasses fixed.

                  But the more we do them, the stronger we get.

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                  • #10
                    Hikes, yeah tell me about it. Even as a guy I remember easily doing them as a kid.
                    I'm doing a few every day and gradually getting better.

                    Want to progress to be able to do the sort of thing Mr Anthony does (without the death defying)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by OldSchhool View Post
                      I've noticed quite a few recent posts about doing handstands. Learning to do them the traditional way kicking your legs up against a wall can be a little iffy and possibly lead to hyper extension of the spine.

                      In my humble opinion it is better to work at them by facing the opposite way and doing Wall Crawls. This is an awesome exercise that gives you all the benefits of regular handstands while keeping your spine in a better position. Transitioning through from the push up position into the handstand position is also one of the best upper body exercises there is.

                      This is me doing them some time ago:


                      Neat video and great advice. I worked on trying to get my handstand from that wall position for the last two years and couldn't ever let both legs go. Kicking up from the ground is what finally got me there. Having the wall behind me gives me something to tap my toe off of for balance so I can stay up longer. I'm coming from a long yoga background so I think the handstands are different and have a different purpose. Namely, balance and focus then power and strength. It is also a goal to perform backbends in the handstand so the hyper extending is sort of necessary. But this is for people already doing the backbends in other positions. For any yogi handstanders out there I will say this- don't forget to do plenty of camel pose or dancer pose to open the chest back up, I neglected to do that for a few days and found the front of my shoulders and chest were all closed up, while the back of my shoulders were very loose and open.



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                      • #12
                        There are many ways one can train for a handstand and different people have had different success rates with different techniques. There's lots of good tips and advice in this thread already, but I figured I'd add a little more. Here's a quick video I created with various tactics you can use to work toward a freestanding handstand. No matter what methods you employ, the key to success is lots and lots of practice!

                        "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Al_Kavadlo View Post
                          There are many ways one can train for a handstand and different people have had different success rates with different techniques. There's lots of good tips and advice in this thread already, but I figured I'd add a little more. Here's a quick video I created with various tactics you can use to work toward a freestanding handstand. No matter what methods you employ, the key to success is lots and lots of practice!

                          Very nice Al!!!!

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                          • #14
                            Do you have any suggestions dealing with the headrush? I've always been quick to feel very uncomfortable when upside down. The blood rushes to my head within seconds and soon I can't speak/think well and feel like my eyes are swelling shut =\
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
                              Do you have any suggestions dealing with the headrush? I've always been quick to feel very uncomfortable when upside down. The blood rushes to my head within seconds and soon I can't speak/think well and feel like my eyes are swelling shut =\
                              Keep working on handstands. One day you will notice it is starting to get better, and then one day sometime later you will notice it is gone.

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