Getting Comfortable in the Handstand
Getting Comfortable in the Handstand: A Beginner’s Guide
The first thing you need to understand is that there are many different ways to perform a handstand. There are also many variations of each way of performing a handstand. Each variation requires its own set up and preparation time.
You will have to experiment with your body position, muscle activation levels, and other factors during your practice sessions before you can achieve success.
There are two main types of handstands: the traditional and the inverted. Traditional handstands involve holding onto something (usually a wall) while you pull yourself up off the floor. An example would be if you were standing on top of a chair or table, then pulling yourself back down until your hands touch the ground.
The upside to this type of handstand is that it is easier to maintain stability when practicing because you don’t have to worry about falling over. The downside is that it takes longer to complete.
An alternative way to perform a handstand involves placing one foot on another surface such as a step or even a chair leg. This type of handstand requires less strength than the traditional method but still requires some effort from your muscles. If done correctly, you will feel like you are doing an exercise rather than just resting on the ground.
The upside is that you can move around freely while maintaining balance and control over your body. The downside is that it takes more time to learn how to balance and shift your weight.
Now that you’ve decided which type of handstand you are going to perform, you can begin learning how to do it. Since there are so many variations of each type of handstand, you will have to adjust the steps based on your own skill level. If this is your first time attempting a handstand, I suggest using something sturdy like a door frame to help you get started.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Developing the straight body cast to handstand (V Uzunov – Gym Coach, 2007 – researchgate.net)
- A Simple Model of the Handstand (C Gatti – chrisgatti.com)
- Handstands in the Dark: A True Story of Growing Up and Survival (J Godley – 2011 – books.google.com)