Lefthand's Tip of the Week - Ep. 6 - HANDSTANDS
1. DRILL - Donkey Kick to Wall Handstand
This drill is designed to help you get comfortable with all of the basics of a handstand including hand placement, kicking up, stability and posture.
Start by measuring out the length of your foot from the base of the wall, then lay some tape down next to your heel. This will help you have a good indication of where your hands should be placed when practicing this drill.
Next, start practicing by getting into a “mountain climber” position, and kick only one foot up so that it hits the wall. Once you feel comfortable with that, kick both feet up (one at a time) and hold yourself so that your back, butt, and heels are as close to the wall as possible. Hold this position for about 20-30 seconds to help build some shoulder strength to support yourself as you continue to practice this drill.
2. DRILL - Progression to Free Handstand
This drill is for those who feel comfortable enough holding yourself up against the wall for longer increments of time and want to work towards a free handstand with no wall support.
First, place a bench up against the wall so that the padded side is facing outwards. Then, put your hands out in front of the bench and walk yourself up the wall until your forearms are resting against the padded side of the bench. With your feet still resting on the wall, gently kick off until you are able to balance yourself without having any wall support. You will still have the support of the bench, but this will help you start to feel more comfortable with the free handstand hold and having your feet off of the wall.
Both of these drills will help you progress into more complex movements such as handstand pushups and walks! However, you gotta start somewhere and these drills are a great place to begin practicing this movement.
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