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Old 05-27-2009, 12:44 PM   #1
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There is something unnatural about being upside down...

For reasons I cannot explain, I decided to try my first handstand pushup on my way to the bathroom at work. What a weird position to put yourself in! Once my feet hit the wall I got a little freaked out, lol - totally disoriented. I also think I was too close to the wall and I think my arms were too close together.

How do you guys gauge the distance to place your hands from the wall?

How far apart to you keep your hands?

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Old 05-27-2009, 01:09 PM   #2
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Re: There is something unnatural about being upside down...

Ivan,
if you go to the main page and click "exercises and demos" there are many helpful videos, etc. in the "gymnastics" section about how to do hspu. The CFJournal may help too.

Also, this could be in the "exercises" section.

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Old 05-27-2009, 01:15 PM   #3
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Re: There is something unnatural about being upside down...

Thanks Brian.

I've looked through those vids already. I had just finished watching the ones int the "CROSSFIT EXERCISES" section when I went out to try them, lol.

None of them address my questions, though. They just show people doing them and different variations.

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Old 05-27-2009, 01:16 PM   #4
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Re: There is something unnatural about being upside down...

Oh - and thanks for the welcoming.
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:36 PM   #5
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Re: There is something unnatural about being upside down...

It depends on how you are built, but the rule of thumb (as explained to me) was roughly shoulder width apart for your hands and about 12-14 inches from the wall.
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:50 PM   #6
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Re: There is something unnatural about being upside down...

Awesome. I'll give that a shot next I have have to "go"
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:58 PM   #7
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Re: There is something unnatural about being upside down...

Mathew and Ivan,

At the gymnastics cert, Tucker taught us to use the same width that we would for an OH press and be 4-6 inches from the wall. Shoulders active, legs tight, core hollowed, neutral head.
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Old 05-27-2009, 02:04 PM   #8
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Re: There is something unnatural about being upside down...

Just tried 14" from the wall - almost killed myself, lol. I'm done for the night.

Thanks everyone,
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Old 05-27-2009, 05:49 PM   #9
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Re: There is something unnatural about being upside down...

wfs
http://www.drillsandskills.com/article/19
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:11 AM   #10
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Re: There is something unnatural about being upside down...

Thanks everyone. Steven that was a great article and really shed some light for me. I'll be giving is another shot later and I'll report back when I can.
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