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Old 05-17-2010, 09:16 AM   #21
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Re: Substitution for Handstand Pushups?

I've seen way too many people spend way too much time in bands or with a "target".

Static holds (both straight AND bent arm)
Wall Runs
Negative HeSPU (HSPU)
GTG
HS Walking

These all seem to be the best way to develop HSPU, I think you should progress from bands and "targets" asap...and many of these other tools can be implemented immediately into your HeSPU (HSPU) development, while you are working in bands.
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Old 05-17-2010, 10:03 AM   #22
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Re: Substitution for Handstand Pushups?

Some good ideas, here, too...

http://media.crossfit.com/cf-video/C...Variations.wmv
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:19 PM   #23
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Re: Substitution for Handstand Pushups?

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Hey guys my WOD has me doing handstand pushups, but I'm not 100% sure that I'll be able to get through the entire workout because handstand pushups are new to me.

Any suggestions for a sub. until I build my strength?

Heavy DB presses are a sub, as well as HSPU progressions, including piked pushups, and doing HSPU with your feet off of a bar (Finally, a use for that Smith machine).
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:29 PM   #24
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Re: Substitution for Handstand Pushups?

I was thinking about how cool it would be to have access to the Moon for scaling and then I thought, right here on earth you could just do stuff in a pool. I don't know how well it would work but HSPUs in a pool would train the full range of motion and scale back the weight. Lots of reps might be tough...
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Old 05-23-2010, 06:03 PM   #25
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Re: Substitution for Handstand Pushups?

This is how I scale when the reps get too much.

Instead of a wall, I put my feet up against a pillar or pole, when I can't push myself up anymore, I hold onto the pillar/pole w/my feet and pull myself up w/my feet

Works well but the only drawback is that you can't always find a pole/pillar.
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Old 05-23-2010, 06:19 PM   #26
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Re: Substitution for Handstand Pushups?


this is a good form of self-spotting to ensure full ROM. You can also do it with some grippy shoes just against the wall, or a tree.
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