Today is Friday the 13th, universally heralded as one of the unluckiest days in history.
(Though it can still be a lucky day for you if you take advantage of Logan Christopher’s 31st birthday sale that ends today!)
When I think about my personal hand balancing training, I try to remove luck from the equation. After all, training should be about the strength and technique you develop from continued progression. Luck isn’t something you can replicate, it just happens.
But sometimes luck is just what you need. It’s what I needed for my first front lever.
I was in the North dorm at UConn (University of Connecticut) and I was using the hallways as a gym of sorts. I would do pullups on the top lip of my door and handstand walks down the hallways.
On this occasion, as I was doing pullups, I heard a few friends of mine talking in the stairwell at normal volume, and then suddenly get quiet, which was rarely a good sign.
Call it a Spidey-Sense, but I just had the strong feeling that they were preparing to tackle me mid-pullup.
Just as I had the thought (mid-pullup, go figure) I heard sprinting sneakers preparing for a bull rush into my back.
If I got hit while I was pulling up, I would’ve gotten ripped off the door frame and maybe hit my head.
But if I let go, I’d still give them the satisfaction of tackling me, and I couldn’t have that.
In that moment, somehow, I tightened my lats, depressed and retracted my scapula, and executed a front lever in just enough time for my buddy to crash headlong into my desk.
I hadn’t trained the front lever with any consistency, and my progress up to that point had been spotty at best.
So I suppose I just got lucky. I needed that luck though, because I never forgot how my body felt when I performed a front lever, and it helped my progress thereafter.
Plus, it showed some creative practicality of hand balancing skill.
Still, the levers (front and back) are difficult skills that should be trained with focus and progression, and if you want progressions that will give you steady progress, look no further than the Front and Back Lever Training DVD.
Although I hope your motivation involves more personal progress and less tackles.