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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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The True Art and Science of Hand Balancing
The True Art and Science of Hand Balancing on Amazon

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!

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

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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!

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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

How to do the One Hand Handstand by Professor Orlick
ow to do the One Hand Handstand on Amazon
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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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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!

Ultimate Guide to Handstand Pushups
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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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Difficult Planche Variations

If you cannot challenge yourself anymore with a regular planche, you may want to try out several advanced planche variations. Most of these moves are not something your regular bodyweight trainee is capable of, but they’re certainly good goals to aim for.

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1. Handstand lower to planche
2. Open tuck push back to single leg planche
3. Top position pull to straddle planche
4. Floor tuck push back to straddle planche
5. Straddle L Pull Back to straddle planche
6. Single leg tuck pull to single leg tuck planche
7. L-Sit push back to full planche

Head out to Gold Medal Bodies for a full planche tutorial.

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Hand Balancing in Costa Rica

Mauricio Jara is a tricking master from Costa Rica. Tricking is a training discipline similar to capoeira which combines martial arts kicks with gymnastics and breakdancing. He recently shared a video on one of the aspects of this discipline – gymnastics, with a focus on hand balancing.

Learn How to Back Flip in 31 Days
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Sit back and enjoy this mind-soothing handstand compilation.

Interested in tricking videos by Mauricio? Check out his Facebook page here.

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Build Your Way Up to a Wide Arm Handstand

Chris Silcox just released a great tutorial on everything you need to know to build your way up to a wide arm handstand.

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Chris recommends starting with a partial handstand press and gradually increasing the length between the arms. Once you feel strong and confident enough, put your knees on an elevated platform, hands on the ground and practice the same thing. Once again, when you feel ready for the next step, add a mat or choose a higher platform and do the same drill. Once you add another mat, your hips will be over your shoulders which will help with strength and balance.

Don’t forget to to use your fingers and hands to balance while in a wide arm handstand. For more tips on advanced hand balancing, be sure to check out The True Art and Science of Hand Balancing.

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Artistic Balancing on Hand Balancing Canes

A hand balancer from Russia, Nikita Sukhanov, recently released a new video full of powerful balancing moves on hand balancing stands performed in a controlled manner. My favorite parts are at 0:43 and 2:55.

Apart from great strength and coordination, these and similar hand-balancing moves require a great deal of flexibility. If you’d like to increase ranges of motion, decrease pain and become MUCH more flexible, make sure to check out GMB Focused Flexibility.

How to do the One Hand Handstand by Professor Orlick
ow to do the One Hand Handstand on Amazon
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How To Strengthen Your Wrists

Having enough wrist strength is a crucial part of an injury-free handstand training. Furthermore, not everyone has enough flexibility to keep their hand back 90 degrees for an extended period of time.

In this video by Chris Silcox you can learn several techniques to improve your wrist strength, flexibility and general upper body strength needed for various hand-balancing moves.

If you’re looking to truly make your entire body indestructible, check out this guide to improve mobility, flexibility and strength.

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Balancing on Knifes

There are acrobats in almost every season of America’s Got Talent and the latest one is no different. Two Vladimir’s from Ukraine are seen performing a lot of hand-to-hand balancing acts followed by a daring act in which one of them balances on top of another via knifepoint.

Pretty scary stuff, especially considering their previous hand-to-hand move was a bit wobbly.

Tumbling Illustrated
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Do you think they’ll make it far into the show?

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