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Old 01-28-2009, 08:36 AM   #1
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Progression for a hand stand push up?

Hi there. Just wondering if there is/are any methods to build up to be able to do a HSPU (like 'grease the groove' for pull ups). I am at a modfied HSPU level and would love to get to the point to be able to do them non-modified.

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Old 01-28-2009, 08:54 AM   #2
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Re: Progression for a hand stand push up?

Have you done them with band assistance?

Throw some bands up, and get on parallettes would be my opinion.
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:28 AM   #3
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Re: Progression for a hand stand push up?

Some progressions here: WFS
http://www.drillsandskills.com/article/19


Band assists are great. Just spend as much time in a handstand as you can. That piece will make the biggest difference at first. Every time you have a couple free minutes do a few handstands.
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Old 01-28-2009, 04:44 PM   #4
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Re: Progression for a hand stand push up?

Much appreciated. Thanks a bunch.
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:21 PM   #5
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Re: Progression for a hand stand push up?

How about using some books to lower your head towards? As your strength increases you can use less books, I am weak at HSPU's but have gone from none...to a bunch using 6" of books, now am doing 4" of books...soon hopefully no books at all.
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Re: Progression for a hand stand push up?

The only problem with that is you aren't working the entire ROM.
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:40 AM   #7
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Re: Progression for a hand stand push up?

Unless you are on parallettes doing the Extremely Deep ROM, you are not working the entire ROM. A Handstand to headstand is not full ROM. Perhaps as far as CF and wall HSPU go, but compared to a shoulder/overhead press...no. Start going wide arms and while that is more difficult, it's poor form and ROM.

If you can't do a wall HS right now, don't worry about it. If you're still at the point of having an angle in your wall HS, you're not ready or if you can't do a pushup to the deck. You could so something like decline pushups on the wall or a box but that's not exactly a HS nor will it give you that inverted dizzy goodness.

If you cannot do a self assisted HSPU ( even to headstand ) using bands, foot assist, leg assist on bar or rings, or on a box; you can do negatives from the handstand. I'll say 10s at least if not 15 or 20, but I'm just throwing out a number.
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Re: Progression for a hand stand push up?

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The only problem with that is you aren't working the entire ROM.
I thought he was asking for help on "progression"...and partials to start are one way (of several options) that will help get him there, right?
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Re: Progression for a hand stand push up?

yessireee, bob
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Old 01-30-2009, 06:25 AM   #10
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Re: Progression for a hand stand push up?

band assist also helped my free handstands. just more time upside down is a good thing.
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