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Maintaining a handstand
« on: July 09, 2009, 09:07:36 AM »
Hi everyone--
I used to do gymnastics, so I'm relatively decent at handstands and balance and other stuff like that.
My problem is, I can't hold a handstand for longer than 4-6 seconds, maximum.
Any tips/tricks/suggestions/etc. for how to hold a handstand longer than that?
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Re: Maintaining a handstand
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2009, 08:25:51 AM »
practice.  Focus on good form (everything tight, toes pointed, squeeze your glutes and abs, knees and ankles locked together, shoulders open and pushing your hands hard into the ground).

It will come with time.

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Re: Maintaining a handstand
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2009, 07:17:54 PM »
probably over the top comprehensive when it comes to learning and perfecting the handstand, but it's a good read/study:  http://www.thegympress.net/journal/archive/2008/abstract_the_handstand_training.html

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Re: Maintaining a handstand
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2009, 08:05:02 PM »
I found out something today... well... last night actually... a bit over 24 hours ago

Point being!

Normally, I will basically lean over and kick up into a hand stand... like Push-up position or close to it... it is hard to describe... but you know, almost extended and kick into the hand stand (Like, not hard but yea)

well the problem with that is that you need more torque to get up because the fulcrum is your shoulders and your feet are WAY out there... and distance from the fulcrum multiplies the force needed to offset it...

anyways, that means that if your force is too low, you come back, if it is too much, you topple over... it isn't too hard to get that down... but it forces you to have to balance a LOT more than needed

the way I found (May be already found but oh friggen well lol) is to go into a toad-like position (Hands forwards and squatting close) and then kicking UP instead of around

since you kick up, the force sends you up, meaning that you have a LOT less force to have to monitor to save you from fall back down...

I don't know if it is "Better" for everyone or for long term, but it takes a LOT less space to go into hand stand, creates a lot less wobble, and is just easier in... well... it is just easier over all aspects of it...

anyways, before I started doing this, I could only hold it for about the same, 4-6 second... now I can hold it until my arms fall off (Did, actually... well, not fall off... I was watching my friend play some DDR at the Arcade and just said... I feel like hand standing... and then did... t'was great {It was in a really open space so don't worry, nothing was in danger except for me})

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Re: Maintaining a handstand
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2009, 09:20:20 PM »
That method actually reinforces bad habits, in my opinion, kyle >.<

Your kickups are not supposed to be violent...you arent supposed to be THROWING your hips up.  You are supposed to lift one leg and then the other.  Most people do that incorrectly and kick their legs way over the head and then the problem you describe happens.

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Re: Maintaining a handstand
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2009, 06:02:39 PM »
yes and I described a much less violent way to do it, a way to stop the hip death sequence

however, I did not know about the split legs uppage thing...  yea... well all I was doing was suggesting a better way then the common way (Which reinforces decent habits instead of bad habits)

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Re: Maintaining a handstand
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2009, 08:05:05 PM »
The trick that helped me was holding it against a wall keeping everything tight and straight (don't forget to breathe) and pressing as hard as I could through the shoulders.  A lot of people don't really lock everything out, so once you develop the strength for that, they get a lot easier
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Re: Maintaining a handstand
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2009, 08:07:53 AM »
I thought a handstand was all in your forearms?
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Re: Maintaining a handstand
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2009, 08:44:26 AM »
I thought a handstand was all in your forearms?

Hah I thought so too. But after reading those 8 pages, I found out I was very wrong.
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Re: Maintaining a handstand
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2009, 09:00:10 AM »
I thought a handstand was all in your forearms?

Hah I thought so too. But after reading those 8 pages, I found out I was very wrong.

8 pages? What!?  ???
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Re: Maintaining a handstand
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2009, 09:11:16 AM »
I thought a handstand was all in your forearms?

Hah I thought so too. But after reading those 8 pages, I found out I was very wrong.

8 pages? What!?  ???


probably over the top comprehensive when it comes to learning and perfecting the handstand, but it's a good read/study:  http://www.thegympress.net/journal/archive/2008/abstract_the_handstand_training.html
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Re: Maintaining a handstand
« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2009, 09:20:47 AM »
I thought a handstand was all in your forearms?

Hah I thought so too. But after reading those 8 pages, I found out I was very wrong.

8 pages? What!?  ???

Whoops... >.>

probably over the top comprehensive when it comes to learning and perfecting the handstand, but it's a good read/study:  http://www.thegympress.net/journal/archive/2008/abstract_the_handstand_training.html
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Re: Maintaining a handstand
« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2009, 11:57:34 AM »
Yeah, I can't even extend my feet up. No strength in my shoulders to keep it that way. I have to have my legs bent to do a hand stand. How can I increase shoulder strength to keep myself up?

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Re: Maintaining a handstand
« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2009, 12:11:00 PM »
Yeah, I can't even extend my feet up. No strength in my shoulders to keep it that way. I have to have my legs bent to do a hand stand. How can I increase shoulder strength to keep myself up?

Ask in the general fitness board, and I'm sure you'll get very detailed answers. I'd say overhead press and lat pull down might be good for that, if you have access to a gym.
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Re: Maintaining a handstand
« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2009, 08:51:58 PM »
yes and I described a much less violent way to do it, a way to stop the hip death sequence

however, I did not know about the split legs uppage thing...  yea... well all I was doing was suggesting a better way then the common way (Which reinforces decent habits instead of bad habits)

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yes -- but your method promotes bad habits whereas the method i suggested does not.

I don't mean to be a pain in the ass - when it comes to being in touch with your body and moving in every way possible learning ALL ways of getting inverted is important.  For the total newbie, though, the way I described is much safer and more effective in learning a proper kickup -- thats why gymnasts around the world standardized the method I explained :)

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Re: Maintaining a handstand
« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2009, 08:58:50 PM »
Yeah, I can't even extend my feet up. No strength in my shoulders to keep it that way. I have to have my legs bent to do a hand stand. How can I increase shoulder strength to keep myself up?

Can you hold a HS against the wall?  this is the most effective way to work up to handstand holds.

Start in a pushup position with your hands on the ground and your feet on a wall.  Walk your feet up the wall and your hands back towards the wall.  The goal is to get your hands just a few inches (6-8 in) away from the wall and keep your body straight.  Don't bring your hands any closer than you are comfortable with...even if that is 3 feet out from the wall or more.  Start small and build up until you can hold a handstand against the wall with pointed toes and hands 6-8 inches away with your body perfectly straight!

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Re: Maintaining a handstand
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