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Old 08-12-2013, 04:43 PM   #1
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Fear of HSPU?

I have a fear of Handstand push ups against a wall, but I have no problem doing a handstand hold or handstand walks in the middle of the room? I think it's the fact that I feel that I will crash to the floor if I miss when I kick myself up to the wall. Perhaps a gymnastics tumbling mat will cure my fear..any thoughts?

Also it seems to really throw me off if I try to look behind me, instead of down at the ground when I do a handstand.
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Old 08-12-2013, 04:45 PM   #2
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Re: Fear of HSPU?

Put a mat or crash pad beneath you. Or find a spotter friend just to be there for you. You probably won't need either but just to overcome the mental hurdle. Once you do it a few times you won't have that fear anymore.
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Old 08-12-2013, 04:48 PM   #3
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Re: Fear of HSPU?

And yea it should throw you off if you look behind you because you are initiating the natural bailing roll out sequence of events First is to put your chin to your chest if you feel yourself falling. Keep your eyes on the ground for holds and walks, when you get the hspu on the wall you can look wherever without fear because you will be supported
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:06 AM   #4
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Repetition man! Just keep practicing it and practicing it and youll be doing handstand pushups in no time! I had a fear of them too when i started but i kept trying them everyday and the it eventually went away.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:31 AM   #5
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Re: Fear of HSPU?

This is why you do them stomach to wall first. When you can kick into a controlled HS without the wall, then maybe you can do it against the wall
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:34 PM   #6
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I have a fear of Handstand push ups against a wall, but I have no problem doing a handstand hold or handstand walks in the middle of the room? I think it's the fact that I feel that I will crash to the floor if I miss when I kick myself up to the wall. Perhaps a gymnastics tumbling mat will cure my fear..any thoughts?

Also it seems to really throw me off if I try to look behind me, instead of down at the ground when I do a handstand.
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I have a fear of Handstand push ups against a wall, but I have no problem doing a handstand hold or handstand walks in the middle of the room? I think it's the fact that I feel that I will crash to the floor if I miss when I kick myself up to the wall. Perhaps a gymnastics tumbling mat will cure my fear..any thoughts?

Also it seems to really throw me off if I try to look behind me, instead of down at the ground when I do a handstand.
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Re: Fear of HSPU?

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This is why you do them stomach to wall first. When you can kick into a controlled HS without the wall, then maybe you can do it against the wall
That's the way I do them... I get very vertical and can get 21 on my first set,
Turn around and it's game over for me... Mental thing, doing a fast kick up and I start getting vertigo, slow belly walk up and I'm fine. I Got to get over it!
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If you start getting vertigo, you need to do more inversion is the key. Unless your inner ear is damaged or you are a senior.
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If you start getting vertigo, you need to do more inversion is the key. Unless your inner ear is damaged or you are a senior.
I ruptured my ear drum several years ago .... Rescuing a novice scuba diver who got into to trouble... It messed up my inner ear and ever since I can invert, but slowly, if I kick up quick I get dizzy for a few seconds..

I soldiered up and kicked up four times in a row today and did about 20 or so HSPU just for practice... I just need to keep doing them knowing I have the wall to support me
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