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Do You Make These 4 Press to Handstand Mistakes?

We already had several videos from Yuri Marmerstein and there’s a reason for it. He’s an awesome hand balancer! Today, Yuri teaches us about four common press to handstand mistakes.

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  1. Downward Shoulder Collapse – Try to keep your shoulders in the same position throughout the weight transfer.
  2. Forward Shoulder Collapse – Keep your arms at straight angle instead of bending forward.
  3. Early Hip Extension – Only open your hips once the shoulders and back have aligned.
  4. Failure to Articulate Spine – Get used to manipulating your spine as opposed to keeping your back straight at all times.

Don’t forget to visit Yuri’s blog, some very cool stuff can be found there. It also wouldn’t hurt to pick up one of the hand balancing courses/books from this page!

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Elbow Extension in Relation to Handstands

Here is a great video on elbow extension in relation to hand balancing by Yuri Marmerstein. If you can’t lock out your elbow while in a handstand, this video will give you everything you need to fix this somewhat rare issue. This may not be a big problem in the beginning of your hand balancing training, but once you progress and try to achieve something like the one hand handstand, it might prove to be a bigger issue than you thought initially.

The True Art and Science of Hand Balancing
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Some people simply have a psychological barrier which prevents them from fully extending their elbows in a handstand. On the other hand, some literally cannot straighten their arms fully, whether due to tension in biceps or some other physical factor. Yuri Marmerstein shows two different workouts you can do at your home to work on this issue gradually in order to fix it permanently.

Also make sure to check out The True Art and Science of Hand Balancing by Professor Paulinetti and Robert Jones, which is a great resource for anyone who’s into hand balancing.


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Handstand Rebalance Drill

In this video Yuri Marmerstein presented a great way to further increase the strength and balance for a handstand.

Tumbling Illustrated
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It may not look like it, but Yuri is actually trying to get out of balance on purpose. As he tests the limits by leaning forward and backward, Yuri is developing and isolating different reactions to stay in a balanced position. He says that after you manage to isolate those reactions and develop reflexes, you are ready to try and take your balance out of the center as much as you can without falling down, but bringing yourself back to the handstand position instead.

The goal of this workout is to gain better control over every movement in the handstand and strengthen your core. I first came across this drill in The True Art and Science of Hand Balancing by Professor Paulinetti and Bob Jones. Its great for the control necessary to do advanced stunts, or just stand in a handstand for a long time (because you need these skills to save the balance.)

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