benefits of handstands
– Develops coordination and strength in the upper body, arms, and core. You will need to engage your midsection for stabilization to keep you upright.
– Increases shoulder mobility and stability. Handstands teach us to lock our shoulders into place while supporting 100% of our body weight with just a few muscles.
– Promotes flexibility in the spine & hamstrings by working them in a lengthened position which they don’t often see in most people’s daily lives. This can help prevent back injuries or pain that results from a lack of mobility in the lower back, hips, and hamstrings that comes from sitting too much throughout the day/week/year/life…
– Cultivates mental fortitude. Handstand training is a very humbling practice. It’s hard to remain confident when you can’t even stand upwards on your hands for a minute. Over time, with regular exercise and consistency, these mental blocks will start to feel more like speed bumps than roadblocks.
– Increases proprioception & spatial awareness in the body related to space/gravity/balance/coordination. To lift our legs off of the ground into a handstand, we have to be highly conscious of anything that might interfere with balance or compromise form, so we don’t fall flat on our faces…literally! We also have to be aware of how high we lift off the floor, which further increases our sense of “body awareness.”
– Is just flat-out badass and looks freaking cool. We all want to look like a badass ninja warrior sometimes.
So there you have it! Some pretty convincing reasons why you should add handstands into your fitness routine. Not only are they fun and challenging, but they offer a plethora of health benefits that can improve your overall quality of life. Give them a try and see for yourself how awesome they are!
Now that we know some of the benefits of handstands let’s discuss how to get started with this challenging and rewarding exercise. First, find an open space in your home you can safely practice without running the risk of hitting your head on something.
Once you have found a distance, it’s time to practice the essential handstand position. This is simply getting into a handstand position against a wall so you can use it as support if needed.
Here are the steps:
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1. Start by standing about 2-3 feet away from the wall with your feet parallel to each other.
2. Place your hands flat on the ground, shoulder-width apart.
3. Shift your weight onto your hands and slowly lift your feet off the ground, bringing them into the air, so you are in a handstand position against the wall.
4. If needed, use the wall for support by resting your forehead against it.
5. Hold this position for as long as you can, working your way up to a minute and beyond.
If the handstand is too challenging at first, we recommend following these steps:
1. Stand 2-3 feet away from the wall and place your hands on it, so most of your weight is supported by the wall.
2. Bend into a 90-degree angle with your arms supporting almost all of your body weight (you may need to lean slightly forward to keep yourself from falling backward).
3. Keeping your legs together, raise them off of the ground into the air and hold for as long as you can.
4. Work your way up to a full handstand position against the wall in the same manner as described in steps 1-5.
Once you have achieved a basic handstand against the wall, it’s time to start practicing without support. This will take some time and practice, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t do it right away. Here are the steps:
1. Start in the same position as described in step 1 of the basic handstand against the wall.
2. Slowly lower your feet to the ground and rest in a crouching position.
3. Once you are comfortable with this, start lifting your feet off of the ground and holding them for as long as you can before lowering them back down to the earth.
4. Work your way up to a full handstand position without support in the same manner as described in steps 2-5.
We highly recommend practicing handstands with a friend or personal trainer who can help you with proper form and offer support if needed. Remember, it’s essential to be patient and consistent with your practice to succeed. With time, dedication, and a bit of hard work, you’ll be able to master the handstand like a pro!
Handstands make the upper body stronger.
More muscular shoulder and arms – that’s what a handstand is all about. The people who have been training for a while know for sure. And, when it comes to the newcomers, they either see quick results or give up in despair soon after they go down from their first kick up. In this article, I will try to answer some of the most popular questions related to handstand training.