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Skills like hand balancing, hand spins, tumbling, flexibility tricks are serious tricks that can only be achieved through continuous training and practice. Hand spins and flexibility tricks are good way to keep your body in shape even when doing a solo act. While advanced hand balancing and flexibility skills are nicer when done in pair or with a group.

Dan had been practicing some of these skills for the past 2 years, at least. Do you think you can do better in a shorter training time?

 

The True Art and Science of Hand Balancing
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Learning How to do a Handstand as an Adult

Learning how to do a handstand would come easy for people of young age, but for people who are not that young, it might not be that easy. In the video below, Christine, who used to be an ordinary woman who couldn’t perform a handstand, will show you some tips and drills that took her from having a zero knowledge in doing a handstand to having a free handstand in a span of about three months. Yes, in just three months. If she can do it, you can definitely do it too!

Wonder how she did it? Before anything else, you need to be aware that adults learn differently than kids. So, this video caters to people who are learning how to do a handstand from scratch. If that’s you and if you’re an adult wanting to start your own handstand journey and never had any training when you are a kid, these tips definitely fit you and these tips have played integral part in achieving her goals in doing a handstand.

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Always remind yourself to keep on training just a bit every day, until you reach the next goal in your handstand journey. Just believe that you can do it, and let not any notion that you are too old and you’ll see great changes in your handstand. You could also follow this step by step guide and significantly speed up your progress.

 

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Excellent Handstand Press Tips

In today’s video Daniel will walk you through and provide insights on what to expect when doing a straight arm handstand press, the benefits of doing the handstand and how he’s been doing it.

This is a type of handstand that’ll activate muscles in your whole body and comes with a very controlled movement that will surely call for a lot of shoulder and core strength. Watch the full video and keep in mind the tips that Daniel is sharing with you through this video.

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Don’t forget to properly warm-up before doing any kind of handstand training and pay special attention to your wrists.

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Handstand Walk Tutorial

After working on and perfecting your very first handstand, the next step is to learn how to walk on your hands. This video will show you step by step, in a progressive manner how to pull off your first handstand walk.

1. 30 Seconds Nose to Wall Handstand Hold

This is a very important step in order to improve your balance skills before making your initial walk. First, slowly get a firm grasp of the floor while moving your feet onto the wall. Then slowly push yourself towards the wall while taking one step at a time until you reach 90 degrees. Lastly, hold your position for about 30 seconds.

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2. Hip Touches

This is the step where you are trying to teach your hands and arms to stand on their own while the other one is reaching your hip. Remember to shift some of your body weight to the left as you reach your right hip with your right hand and vice versa. This will help you avoid falling to the side of the hand that you’re using to touch your hip. Do this repetitively until you’re arms are comfortable with standing on one at a time.

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3. Kick Aways

Now you are starting to do the actual handstand walk. Slowly kick yourself away from the wall as you move your hands and arms forward one at a time as if you’re starting to learn how to walk using your feet. Slowly move your feet forward, past your body in order to keep the center of gravity near your body. After a few steps, you can go back to start and repeat the process until you reach the right balance in shifting the center of gravity while taking a step using your hands and arms.

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4. Walk Aways

Walking away from the wall is like doing the actual handstand walk whereas you are using the wall as your starting position.

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5. Practice

This is the last part where you apply what you learned when starting the handstand and the first four steps above.

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If you’re looking for an in-depth book on handstand walking, make sure to check out Walking and Jumping On Your Hands by Professor Orlick.

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Ballsy Hand Balancing on Rolla Bolla

It’s hard enough to perform a regular freestanding handstand, but when you add the balance board and a person who is over 6’7 to the mix…Things get serious.

Dmitrious is a gentle giant who performs regularly with his brother Alex as the Bistrevsky Bros and does so amazingly well, despite his not-so-ideal height for hand balancing. Very inspiring!

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Carrom Balance Board should be a great choice if you’re looking to get your own rolla bolla, similar to the one in the video.

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Handstand Journey

Just starting out with your hand balancing training? Wondering how long will it take you to master the freestanding handstand? Take a look at this video for instant motivation and to get a rough estimate of how long will it take you to achieve this move.

To fasten up your progress and reach a stable 30-second freestanding handstand as fast as possible, check out one of my best selling courses here.

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7 Steps to Freestanding Handstand Pushups

Yaad Mohammad recently released what’s probably the best tutorial on freestanding handstand pushups published on YouTube. Yaad divided the tutorial to seven stages and most of them contain drills to improve both skill and strength.

Be warned: the tutorial is long, extremely detailed and funny, too!

Not quite ready to learn the freestanding handstand pushup? Check out my Ultimate Guide to Handstand Pushups to learn how to perform wall-assisted handstand pushups first.

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6 Mobility Drills for Hand Balancing

A couple of days ago I stumbled upon this very thorough video on preparing yourself for hand balancing training. We had a video on a great bridging drill last week, but in this one Daniel A. Stockell went into great depths on six drills specifically targeted for warming up the wrists for hand balancing.

1. Back of the hand pushup variations (0:03)
2. Finger pulses (2:55)
3. Palm pulses (4:05)
4. Side to side finger stretch (4:50)
5. Side to side wrist stretch (5:34)
6. Rear facing wrist stretch (6:28)

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Get your own custom made hand balancing stands today and take your handstand skills to the next level.

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Superb Hand Balancing Mobility Drill

As you probably already know, I am a big fan of bridging exercises. The drill shown below is not for beginners, so make sure to take it slowly and easy to avoid getting injured.

Having said that, it’s an excellent mobility drill to add to your warm-up routine for hand balancing.

If you want to build strength, flexibility and acrobatic skill at the same time, make sure to check out my Advanced Bridging Course.

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How to Keep Your Hand-to-Hand Grip Strong

Hand to hand acro acts are among the most popular ones on talent shows such as America’s Got Talent, but acrobatic gymnastics is also a legit gymnastic discipline with several ongoing campaigns to include it in the Olympics.

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One of the keys to successful hand to hand acts lies in a strong grip. To get it right, follow the steps described in the video.

Some of the tips given in the video can also be useful for hand balancing. If you don’t have a training partner yet, practicing on hand balancing stands can help you prepare for hand-to-hand balancing.

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