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Old 01-15-2007, 09:39 PM   #1
David Aguasca
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did my first HSPUs a little over a week ago. i had been practicing my handstand every workout, really trying to get the active shoulder thing going. now, i can struggle and get 4, nose to floor.

now, all i need to do is be able to DL 225 for reps, to get Diane as Rx'ed.
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Old 01-15-2007, 09:51 PM   #2
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Nice work! I'm still working on legit hspu myself.
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Old 01-16-2007, 05:38 AM   #3
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That's awesome! I also got my first HSPU a week or so ago. It's a great feeling!!
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Old 01-16-2007, 07:44 AM   #4
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You guys have any tips, last time I tried, I banged my head into the wall then banged my back into the wall.
I'm thinking of following the progression outlined in my wife's yoga journal.
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Old 01-16-2007, 08:50 AM   #5
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Are they free standing hspu's if so i'd love to know how to get them. I can do them up against a wall but if I try them free standing my balance lets me down. I have been holding the HS for time against a wall for 1 min and then going again for a max of only two sets on a heavy day but anything up to 5 on a lighter day.
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Old 01-16-2007, 09:09 AM   #6
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David, awesome. I am making HSPU a goal for March at least up at the wall. Registered for CF cert for March. Meet ya Sunday.
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Old 01-16-2007, 09:23 AM   #7
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Michael, try putting a stack of books underneath your head limiting you to a really small range of motion. Start with doubles or triples and once you can manage 5*5 then take away a thin book (1/2" or so) and start all over again.

These are a drill that can be trained/ practised on a daily basis so you should see pretty rapid progress.
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Old 01-16-2007, 01:06 PM   #8
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Chris; I'm right at square one. As I mentioned, last attempt I thought I was going to break my neck.
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Old 01-16-2007, 01:50 PM   #9
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michael, i did a lot of handstands against a wall. i built myself a set of parallettes. i was doing handstands almost every day, and that really kills my wrists, so i alternate between the floor and the parallettes. when i got more comfortable with handstands, i did negatives...only do these if they're controlled. falling on your face doesn't really count as a negative...

oh, yeah, breathing is really important. i find it reduces the eyeballs-feeling-like-they're-going-to-burst feeling.

chris' method sounds legit!

i tried doing an HSPU on my parallettes. that's not gonna happen for a while, lol.
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Old 01-16-2007, 02:21 PM   #10
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Michael, okay step one make sure you can hold a handstand against a wall for 15 secs with active shoulders (shrug your shoulders into your ears).

Once you are there then set a stack of books that leaves only a one inch gap below your head. Then start with the plan I outlined above.

Maybe if you outline the Yoga plan you mentioned above you can get some feedback on your plan?

Cheers, kempie
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