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Fast Fitness - Step Up To Handstand

Here is Friday Fast Fitness - learn to lift up to a full handstand, for shoulder, arm, and wrist strength, balance, agility, skill, and fun.

Previous posts showed how to step up to an easy handstand by putting one foot up high behind you on a wall or surface. Here is how to learn swinging up to full handstand:

  1. Stand close to a secure surface.
  2. Plop both hands on the floor about a foot from the wall and swing one leg upward
  3. Use momentum of putting hands down and swinging leg up, to swing the other leg upward to the wall.
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Three of my students demonstrate three stages of learning this handstand:
  • Mr. Sosaku at right holds the finished stance.
  • Helen, center shows swinging up straight, bringing both feet to the wall.
  • Kimberly shows the beginning - placing hands and getting the idea of lifting legs upward.

Let your feet come to the wall and straighten your body, so that you do not curl your back against the wall. Work to increase strength and balance, so that you need the wall less and less, eventually holding straight handstand without the wall. Note the hand weight on the floor. Future posts will show weightlifting with one arm while in handstand on the other.

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Dr. Bookspan is an award-winning scientist whose goal is to make exercise easier and healthier.