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Is A Handstand Easier Than A Headstand?

Are you asking is a handstand easier than a headstand?

The short answer is NO! (Although there are some exceptions.)

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Let me explain why.

The handstand has a smaller base of support, i.e. your two hands, rather then the two hands and your head that are commonly used in the headstand.

The leverage of your body is also longer in the handstand then in the headstand, making your center of gravity higher, and thus it harder to balance.

Handstand and Headstand

For these two reasons handstands are not easier then headstands.

Here are the exceptions:

1 – You have cervical problems that don’t allow you to put weight on your head. If it causes pain or injury then a handstand may be easier then a headstand.

2 – If you’re talking about the hands-free headstand then yes the handstand is easier then this very advanced skill. To learn how to train the hands-free headstand click here.

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How to Balance on Your Head

Have you ever wondered how to balance on your head?

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Many people can do a regular headstand (and many cannot). But that is just the first step of many.

The real goal is to do a freestanding headstand using just your head, no hands at all.

And now The Science of Head Balancing shows you how.

This is the first part of a three part book being made completely free online. Let the head balancing begin!

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Science of Head Balancing Coming Soon

I want everyone here to thank Rick Schwarz.

He sent me a copy of a book I’ve been long looking for. The Science of Head Balancing by Professor Paulinetti and Bob Jones.

Head BalanceBack when I found that original copy of The True Art and Science of Hand Balancing by Paulinetti and Jones, I also saw that they had a book on head balancing. At the time I wasn’t that interested in it, just in learning handstands, so I passed on it. Unfortunately since that time I’ve look for it everywhere I could but to no avail.

But then out of the blue Rick sent me a xeroxed copy of it. It’s much, much shorter then the hand balancing book and unfortunately the picture quality is quite poor. However the information is great.

And you know what? I’m going to put it up on the site for FREE. No strings attached. I just need to retype the work and scan the pictures in.

There are three sections:

The Science of Head Balancing
Head to Head Balancing
The Head Balancing Trapeze

Most people will be interested in just the first part but I’ll put up all three.

Good Luck and Good Head Balancing,
Logan Christopher

P.S. To get you started here is the foreward by Bob Jones


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The First Two Chapters of this works, on solo and head-to-head balancing, were published by Professor Paulinetti in 1929; that edition is now exhausted (April, 1943) and in reprinting it I am presuming upon myself to add a few words in a place or two, and to supplant his original line drawing illustrations (made from photographs which I took under his supervision) with those actual photographs in figures 12-13-14-15 and to pose for illustrations for the first ten positions (four of which are additions to the original course). Again, thanks to the increased interest in the art, I am adding a chapter on head balancing trapeze as taught me by the great master some fifteen years ago. Under his guidance this was the easiest feet I ever learned, and I trust that you, too, may find it likewise not difficult.

The Professor has answered his last curtain call, but his masterful accomplishments will ever keep his memory aline and his name honored by us of the balancing clan. It is to the memory of the man personally and his spirit of friendly and sympathetic helpfulness that this revised edition is respectfully and lovingly dedicated.

Robert L. Jones
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 18, 1943

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