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Developing the QDR Part 2! QDR Lead Up Stunts

Here is a great video by Mike Pinto that is full of tips on different progressions to lead up to a full QDR. Pay attention to your positioning and definitely listen to your body. I’m including some quick breakdown on the static positions, but be sure to watch the video below to also get info on the dynamic positions!

1. The first step to balancing the QDR is to create a supportive tripod using your head as a base. The lead foot is placed on the ground as a balance point to help with stabalization.


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2. Next work on increasing your lateral stability by raising your head off of the ground. Keep the balancing foot in place during this progression.


3. For the next progression elevate the balancing foot to increase the load on your elbow and core.


4. Finish off with the static positions slowly releasing the support arm finger by finger and ending with a single arm elbow lever.


Watch the video of Mike as he showcases the static positions and more!

For more single armed maneuvers, check out How to do the One Hand Handstand!

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Developing the QDR Part 1! Strengthening for the QDR

Hey Guys! I hope that you are all enjoying your holidays. Today we are going to get a more in-depth look at the QDR itself and work on the exercises that can really help you develop the coordination and stability to hold it up!

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1. The First Step is to get used to the starting position. You want to begin in the Dive Bomber Pushup or Pike Pushup. As you come down, tilt your body to one side and rest your elbow on your rib cage. Work on alternating each side to develop some balanced strength!


2. Next work on the core stabalization of your lats and obliques by doing a forearm side-plank. There are lots of variations of these, and if you guys want, I can do a video on them as well!


3. The final exercise is to alternate and complete the scorpion lever. I would say this exercise is at the top end of the beginner level so make sure you keep this as one of your foundational moves!


4. Finally, here is a video if you want to see this broken down into action!

If you all are serious about your handbalancing skills, make sure you pick up the Secrets of the Handstand Course!

Stay Inverted!
-Coach Jon

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Inspiration From Brazil! The Queda de Rins(QDR)

Hey Everyone! We can find inspiration from many different cultures and art forms. In today’s post we’re going to take a look at the Brazilian Martial Art, Capoeira. There are many different skills to develop in this discipline and I’m sure you’ll see some more on here in the future. Today We are going to be looking at the Queda de Rins or the QDR.

The first thing that you want to do is get into a deep squat.


After you’ve gotten into a deep squat. Place your hands laterally as if you are going into a cartwheel. Once your palms are on the floor, dig your fingers into the ground and rest your obliques on your elbow, and post with your head. The final step is to tuck your knees towards your elbow.


The Final Step is to extend your legs out like so.


There you go with the QDR. Take a look at the video below!



The QDR is a more intermediate move. If you are interested in developing past the normal handstand have a look at another variation, the Tiger Bend!

Stay Inverted!

-Coach Jon


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How about a Handstand Jam for your Holiday Season!

It’s getting to that holiday season and many people are on break. Some of us just want to get together with close friends and family. Whats to say that you can’t keep the togetherness while at the same time improving your skills. In anticipation of the First LAOHB Handstand Jam, my crew decided to celebrate a smaller holiday version of our own!


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We even had a special guest helper show up to make sure that everyone was working hard and staying safe! Handstand Claus started off by making sure everybody warmed up!


We got together and worked on baseline lead-up stunts like The Frogstand!


It was a great party and we got a chance to fine-tune our skills as well as experiment with new stunts! I hope that you guys enjoy your upcoming holidays and find new and fun ways to really develop your hand balancing skills!


If you want to see what a small Handstand Jam can look like, watch the video below!

If you’re looking for an extensive course on hand balancing or even a great holiday gift the aspiring acrobat in your life, grab one of these courses!

Stay Inverted!
-Coach Jon

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Returning to Basics: Reverse Wall Handstand 1 Min Tip!

We hope that you enjoyed the new mini-series on the Frogstand from Logan. A few days back you might remember that we touched on the Kick-Up Wall Handstand. If that seems a bit difficult in your progression, here’s an easier variation that can get you on your hands faster!

Say Inverted!
-Coach Jon

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Secrets of the Frogstand: Part 3

Here is the Final Part of the new mini-frogstand series. We hope all of you enjoyed it. Be sure to stay inverted and let us know if you have any questions!

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Secrets of the Frogstand: Part 2

Here is Part 2 of the Frogstand Series! We hope you’ve been enjoying the info and have been putting it to good use. Leave a comment below and let us know if you have any questions or your thoughts!

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Secrets of the Frogstand: Part1

As promised, thanks for checking in to this new mini-series from Logan. The Secrets of the Frogstand: Part 1. Be sure to check in for the next couple of days for Parts 2 and 3!

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Returning to Basics: Kick-Up Wall Handstand 1 Min Tip!

With the year coming to a close, everybody is getting into the holiday spirit. Oddly enough, one of the things I’ve found to liven up a party and get people in the mood is to get inverted. It sounds funny to the uninitiated but it never ceases to amaze me about the stories my clients give me in regard to this. So, if you are new the journey, here’s a little primer lead up stunt to practice and give you a goal before those office parties start to hit!

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Also, if you guys haven’t been staying social in our facebook page, make sure you like it as more material is coming out.

Finally, stay tuned tomorrow as Logan has a special series to help you with one of the most foundational lead-up stunts, The Frogstand!

Stay Inverted,
Coach Jon

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New Developments in The Lost Art of Handbalancing

Jon here! If you haven’t been to our facebook page you probably don’t know me yet, but I’m a new journeyman on the Hand Balancing Journey. I’ve been a fan of Logan‘s for a while now, so when he put out the word for body skill enthusiasts I raised my hand as high as I could.

The reason I’m saying hello today is because we’ve been putting inĀ  a lot of effort into making our community stronger and really show off our enthusiasm for body skills. The community has been staying under the radar for a while and we thought it’s time to breathe some new life back into it! Over the next few months you’ll be seeing quite a few new changes. The major change is that we will be working diligently to bring together the handstand community and create body skill jams to increase our movement effectiveness and show off our passion for the art!

Oh and in case you don’t see the video below, we also have a new youtube page dedicated to The Lost Art of Handbalancing!

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