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Old 06-23-2006, 06:04 AM   #1
Brian Degenaro
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This one has been bugging me for quite a while as I have no clue how to accomplish such a feat. I have a solid one arm handstand against the wall (20 sec), and I'm working on freestanding. I'm confused on my body position in this movement as my arm, since I have yet to find any physical evidence of people (besides bboys) performing a one arm HSPU against the wall or freestanding. I've toyed around with gradually lowering myself in the one arm handstand position but it just feels very awkward as I have no idea which way I'm supposed to move. Would this be like a one arm military press or something totally different? Coach Sommer? Roger?

My interest in this exercise is to increase my one arm pressing strength, as an exercise I can do at the track without weights. I'm hoping to aspire to be the lightest, and probably the youngest, to press the Bulldog.
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Old 06-24-2006, 06:50 PM   #2
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you might want to try a piked handstand pushup with 1 arm and fel how your body moves.
Then you'll have an idea about how your body will move by doing a regular hspu. With that said, I suggest to improve your strenght on the regular hspu first before you go to the one armed version.Try holding the hspu for 1 min atleast, up to 3 min. If you can do that you will have enough strenght to continue
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Old 06-25-2006, 12:02 AM   #3
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shoulder touches work great as well to teach the body to compensate for one arm variations. try freestanding hs then take one hand to the opposite shoulder then replace and repeat on the opposite side.

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Old 06-26-2006, 08:57 AM   #4
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Brian--
Have you tried handstand rows yet?
I've worked with them a little, and they are very demanding.
They will build up that one-arm strength.
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Old 06-26-2006, 09:44 AM   #5
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What exactly are handstand rows? I'm assuming you're in a handstand and rowing with one arm, correct?

And to those telling me to improve my HSPU, I'm not sure what's to improve. I can crank out 20 HSPU on floor and sets of 4 full rangers any day of the week.

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Old 06-26-2006, 09:45 AM   #6
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Frank-

What is a handstand row?

edit: Great minds think alike, apparently. :-)

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Old 06-26-2006, 07:24 PM   #7
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If you are talking about one arm handstand pushups on the floor and not full range, it sounds like you are probably set as far as your current HSPU are concerned. If you want to do it full range (insane, yes I know) you'll need a lot more than 4 full rangers with two hands.

I keep thinking it would make sense to do these by training one handed pushups on the floor (normal ones,) and raising your feet as you get better at it.

Also one armed hindu pushups/dive bombers would probably be of huge use.

I imagine it coming down just as it would in a normal handstand pushup (elbows in, not flared out,) though if you were doing them full range, your body would have to be tilted quite a bit sideways, so at least freestanding, the balance will be the biggie.

In addition to that, if you do want to be doing it freestanding, I'd reccomend learning first the handstand lower to elbow lever and back up...then learn it on one hand (the whole time.)

Even lots of professional handbalancers can only get back up with a kick of the legs.

I find going from elbow lever to handstand slightly easier, but still a similar movement.

Another method I'd reccomend against a wall would be to hold a dumbell in one hand with increasing weight.

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I'll post some photos of the handstand row on my website, as soon as I can.
Of course, this is not a "cure-all" exercise, nor is any other.
You should see some good improvement in pressing strength, though.
Use the wall for balance on this one!
Place a dumbbell or kettlebell where you can grab it once you are in position.
Transfer your weight to the supporting arm, and the weight up as high as you can.
Once you're able to do this well, try balancing on two dumbells and alternate pulling them up.
Some of you might find this easy, I don't.
I still need a lot of work on it.
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Here's a link to one of my former training places with a photo of a handstand row being done.
http://www.russiancombatacademy.com/academy.php
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Old 06-27-2006, 09:20 AM   #10
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That is a sweet looking exercise.

Thanks, Frank.
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