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Difficult Hand Balancing Compilation

16 year-old Artem from Rusia shows incredible strength and balance in this video compilation of difficult handstands and planches, including wide grip handstands, a planche and handstand on a rope, a one arm handstand and much more. Artem’s planche looks particularly awesome.

Make sure to check out Artem’s YouTube channel for more videos. To get started with your handstand training, click here.

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23 Handstand Exercises For You to Try Out

There are so many handstand exercises and variations that they could keep you busy forever. Instead of trying to master them all at the same time, it’s far more effective to focus on one at a time.

This video from Calisthenic Movement shows a number of basic and advanced exercises that should give you enough inspiration to start your training today and master a handstand exercise of your choice.

Basic:

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Intermediate:

Advanced:

  • Freestanding Straight Handstand
  • Pike Press
  • Straddle Press
  • Tucked Press on Parallettes
  • Straddle Press on Parallettes
  • L and V Sit to Handstand on Parallettes
  • Frog to Handstand
  • Rolling HSPU (very cool!)
  • Freestanding HSPU
  • Tiger Bend
  • 90 Degree Pushup
  • One Arm Handstand
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Impressive Moves by Simon Ata

Breakdancers, especially professional one have to be in an absolutely stunning form to be able to perform flawlessly and stay injury-free. For this they rely on incredible strength,  speed, precision and endurance.

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We already had one video from Simon “Simonster” Ata from Australia, but this one includes a couple of break-dance moves as well. Get ready for planche pushups (and what a great form too!), backflips, handstand presses and much more.

Grab your Tumbling and Acrobatics Starter Package today and with some practice you’ll be able to impress others while moving your body in amazing ways too!

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Advanced Frogstand for Planche Progression

Learning how to do a frogstand is a must for anyone who wants to master the handstand. If you can’t hold a basic frogstand for at least a minute or so, you have no business trying to perform a free standing handstand.

Mike Fitch from Global Bodyweight Training shows a couple of great frogstand variations for building your way up to the planche.

In advanced frogstand, you’re putting the knees on the inside of your fully extended elbows, whereas in the regular frogstand the knees are resting on the outside of bent elbows – making the exercise much easier. This frogstand variation will help you strengthen the entire body, but it’s particularly good for improving wrist flexibility and balance.

After you get in a starting advanced frogstand position, flex your elbows slowly and lean forward to lock yourself in a more stable position. From there you’ll begin with alternating hip extensions while shifting the weight from one leg to another to stay in balance. Keep your abs tight at all times. Make sure to watch the entire video for detailed explanation of this advanced frogstand variation.

If you want more detailed instructions from Mike Fitch, check out his Hand Balancing for the Bodyweight Athlete DVD here.

 

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Unbelievable Strength Workout by Simon Ata

Simon “Simonster” Ata is a professional break-dancer from Melbourne, Australia. In this video he performs an insane bodyweight workout which he uses to stay incredibly strong and maintain ripped physique. Here are just some of the moves performed by Simonster in a single workout:

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  • Various presses
  • One leg backflips
  • Clapping Planche pushups
  • Handstand to planche pushup
  • Kip ups
  • Jumping on one hand
  • One hand press
  • Windmills

In addition to Simon’s extraordinary skills, this video shot at the Hanger 4 Mixed Martial Arts Studio in Melbourne was professionally edited, so it’s not surprising it went viral so quickly. Definitely a must watch!

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Johnny Sapinoso Got Some Moves

In this video from Johnny Sapinoso we can see a number of very demanding workouts and feats, like:

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  • Front and back flips
  • Cool moves on a bent bar
  • One arm pullups on gymnastic rings
  • Planche on rings and bars
  • Planche pushups
  • Amazing partner acrobatics (including a handstand)
  • One arm handstand at the end of the video

Johnny Sapinoso  has been training since the age of 5. But you certainly can achieve some of the feats listed above much quicker.  If you are interested in learning how to do a one hand handstand, a back flip or just want to get started with lever training, then make sure to check out this page.

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Balancing Compilation

This video contains a number of amazing balancing moves, including one arm handstand, human flag, headstand on a head, hand-to-hand handstand and many extraordinary feats from circus performers.

A video that left the biggest impression on me was the one with a circus guy who went up and down stairs on his hands. What’s your favorite one among those in the video?

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In case you want Professor E.M. Orlick to teach you how to learn a one hand handstand, make sure to check it out here. 

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Bodybuilder Does Planche

I sometimes make fun of bodybuilders, specifically the ones that look huge yet have no real strength. The same cannot be said for this bodybuilder who does a planche.

It kind of looks fake, just because you don’t expect to see it happen. But it is real. I did a little more research to find out who this was.

Igor Losev, a Russian bodybuilder and two too time Europe Champion in the IFBB.

Here is another longer video of a full posing routine that involves the planche going up to the handstand. Yeah he stumbles but I’d like to see any and all other bodybuilders try that.

In the style of the old-time golden age bodybuilders like John Grimek, I give Igor Losev a great round of applause.

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Straddle Planche Clap Pushups

Wow. Here is a video of straddle planche clap pushups!

As if the planche isn’t hard enough…

And planche pushups aren’t enough to work you out…

To generate the explosive force needed to launch yourself off the floor and clap in this position.

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And not one but four reps.

This makes me want to work harder. Can anyone else out there do these straddle planche clap pushups?

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Planche Form

Strict planche form is something that is rare and hard to come by. If you read The True Art and Science of Hand Balancing there’s great tips and ideas on what it takes to achieve it. Here are some examples of a strict planche versus a not so strict one.

Before we get into that, I want to say that a planche in ANY form is still an amazing feat. From there it requires more work to tighten up the form, which makes the move harder.

Strict Planches

Good Form Planche

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Notice the straight arms, the straight back and the straight legs. These are required for a planche in the best of form and one or more will break down in the following examples.

Non Strict Planches

Non Strict Planche

Also with these the legs tend to be higher up then the torso and head and this is amplified by the arch in the back. This same effect can be seen in levers.

Once again, this isn’t to say that these other moves aren’t planches, its just to show you that if you’re planche form isn’t strict you can keep working at it.

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