Why learn handstands? And why are they so hard?
The handstand requires discipline, coordination, balance, special awareness and strength – and a little bit of grit. If one is missing, it is nearly impossible to do a freestanding handstand in the middle of the room. It is an awesome goal and achievement. Handstands require tension from your fingers to your toes and everything in between. Doing a handstand against a wall is a great place to start. You can learn how to create shoulder and core stability while maintaining control of your lower body. If you lose tension in either the core or shoulders, you’ll need to reset and start over.
We are taught this same tension at the top of a deadlift, a kettle bell swing and a plank. However, our world is literally turned upside down when we try to create that same tension in the core and glutes while standing on your hands. Handstands are a great reminder that upper body strength is directly connected to our core strength.
Like handstands: the stronger your core, the better your push-ups, pull/chin-ups and plank will be.
Learn the progression of a wall handstand at RKC blog here.
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