For me 2016 is the year of the handstands… and over splits, back bends and general foot to head situations, but let’s focus on the handstands 🙂
I’ve always thought that I was quite good at handstands – in the same was as I think I’m flexible… until I entered the pole world.
I used to think that if I get stronger in general, and try say 5 handstands every so often, maybe even 10 on a good day, then I will magically be good at handstands.
Sorry but this is not the case.
Repetition Is Key
My partner and I have set ourselves some new challenges – 100 squats a day, 3 sets of 10 pull ups, 500 skips, and 100 handstands. The main one we are doing everyday is the squats and our other challenges creep in whenever we have time.
Please note: I do not recommend doing 100 handstands a day. This can result in shoulder injuries and falling on your head! (I have also been doing handstands for many, many years, deadlift handstands on the pole in each pole session, and specific handstand training in the circus so it in not new to me).
Anyway, what I do notice having done a good amount of handstands for about 7 days now, is that my handstands are super strong. I can feel when I go into them whether I have good technique or not.
I alternate between using a wall to help me get my technique right and free standing to help me control my lift.
I find that the more I do, the more I get into the right position, and can hold it for longer.
I am far from nailing my freestanding deadlift handstand, but here are some things I think about while I train:
- Push in to the floor with your fingers
- Push through your shoulders
- Try to keep your body in line (Hands, shoulders and hips – filming can really help here)
- Point your toes and squeeze your legs together
- Engage and use your core
- Always aim to land softly
- Look at the floor (depends exactly what you want to do with your handstand, but looking at the floor works for me)
- Keep breathing
- Take a break. You will get light headed after a few so take it nice and slowly. If anything hurts, stop.
- Train safe!
The more frequently you practice your handstands, the better they will get. Each day I find that I’m doing my ‘best handstand ever’ and usually have to tell people about it!
Start slowly and aim for good technique rather than high numbers. Start with 5 handstands with good technique. Good luck 😀