Video: Handstands look wicked cool, and if you’ve ever wondered how people do them without breaking their neck, this detailed video tutorial explains what you need to know to get started, crucial do’s and don’t do’s and the exercises that help you work up to your first handstand.
It all starts with getting a handle on a few bodyweight exercises that strengthen the muscles required for a good handstand: Push-ups, pike push-ups, frogstand and tuck planche. Every one of these builds the necessary upper body strength and balance for you to eventually hold up your upside down body. In order to get that nice, straight line, you have to work on your mobility, such as in your wrists, shoulders and upper back (thoracic spine). Some drills that help with those include a modified child’s pose, in the video at around the four-minute mark.
At around the five-minute mark, Jackmonx shows you specific exercises to develop your core, back and hip strength, along with drills to improve shoulder mobility and showing you how to start with wall-assisted handstands, gradually progress to tucked handstands and then finally to a full handstand.
If it all seems daunting, that’s because it is. The hard part isn’t the handstand itself, but all of the hard work to build up to it.