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Old 10-05-2004, 07:10 PM   #1
Matt McManmon
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I finally nailed a perfect free standing HSPU! very very exciting!

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Old 10-05-2004, 07:39 PM   #2
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Nice work, Matt!

I'm still trying to get a one-minute free-standing handstand hold. My best is about 15 seconds. Got a long way to go.

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Old 10-05-2004, 07:52 PM   #3
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Are you attempting to do that hold without moving your hands at all? I've been able to walk 36 feet so far but i find it much harder to hold a still free standing handstand. I can only get about 35-40 seconds still before i am forced to walk around and by then my shoulders are really tired.
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Old 10-05-2004, 08:18 PM   #4
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Yep--a free-standing hold without moving my hands. I naively thought that walking on one's hands would be more difficult (I've gotten to about 40 feet so far) than just holding a handstand, but holding a handstand for 1 minute will be way more of an achievement for me.

35-40 seconds on a handstand hold is a nice effort, by the way.
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Old 10-05-2004, 08:38 PM   #5
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I completely agree that holding a static handstand is a much greater achievement. Walking handstands are tough and tiring but there is a margin of error allowed which makes it somewhat easier.

My very very distant goal is to be able to hold a one handed handstand.. Holding it statically is what thats all about.
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Old 10-06-2004, 07:49 AM   #6
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Matt,

Congratulations on your HSPU. Very well done.

As it sounds as though you will soon have these under control, here are a few additional goals that you might want to consider for the future.

1) Start building your static hold work into your HSPU sets immediately after the HSPUs. This means working on your static holds right after the HSPUs without coming down. This is incredibly hard and can be rather annoying as well, as your static holds will be a fraction of the time that they normally are when done alone.

2) After building up to a reasonable number of consecutive free standing HSPUs on the floor (10-20 reps), begin working on full range HSPUs (shoulders to hands) on the parallets.

3) HSPUs on the rings; begin with legs on the straps and progress to free balancing HSPUs.


Yours in Fitness,
Coach Sommer
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Old 10-18-2004, 03:33 PM   #7
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Wow, I am impressed. I am exactly the opposite. I can hold handstands for about 30sec to a minute now, but find it much more difficult to do the HSPU and to walk on my hands.
I also find it harder to press up with bent arms and knees. I have been doing straight arm, straight knee press ups against the wall.

I guess I have more balance and flexibility than strength.

Either way, Congrats, Matt!

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