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Old 11-02-2010, 11:52 PM   #1
Mike Lambert
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handstands

Hi guys and ladies, please dont dismiss this out of hand, i have used the search! Lots on proper execution and on HSPUs, all useful stuff and loads of help, but i have a specific drama I'd like advice on too.

Im in Afghanistan right now, using the time to get really into CF, but have a drama with HS - i.e. cant pull them off. I have a drama with the wall progression part too, as the area I have to practice has been "winterised" with a nice tent, meaning i can get free-standing in the centre (if i could free-stand for more than 1 second), but i cant kick up to a wall anywhere.

From what i see, I have two options - i can use a wall, if im facing and walk myself in, though not the safest as the tent blocks any effective rolling-out, the second option is to just go with practising free-standing HS - lots of space to roll out, matted area available, although "progressing" from an easier point is out of range. Most i can do is attempt to catch my toes on the tent roof (tall fella, which is handy).

My preferred would be the second option, though is there anything i can do to aid progression from this route, alternatively does anyone have any other ideas? My aim is to get a freestanding HS by the time i go home next march.

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 11-03-2010, 05:59 AM   #2
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Re: handstands

I'd continue with your attempts at the free handstand in the middle of the room, rolling out as needed, and add the following drills:

Tripod: work up to a minute-long hold (skip to headstand if this is too easy)
Headstand: work up to a minute-long hold
Frog Stand: work up to 30 second-long hold
Forearm stand:like a handstand, but the forearms are held on the ground. you definately need a wall to work this one.

Good luck, let me know if you stumble on any other good tricks for learning this skill.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:04 AM   #3
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Re: handstands

It's better to work the wall handstand religiously and then slowly balance off the wall.

You need to find a better set up or learn how to cartwheel out when you're falling
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Old 11-06-2010, 08:25 PM   #4
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Re: handstands

headstand and frogstand are good but the forearm stand is much more difficult to balance ESPECIALLY if you have tight shoulders.

do a box piked handstand off a box or chair and raise one leg to vertical and practice hopping on the support leg (on box) to get a feel for the free-HS. Hips over shoulders over wrists.
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Old 11-10-2010, 03:26 AM   #5
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Re: handstands

Large plywood board with 2, 4 or 6 holes drilled into the side
Tie board to vertical stands of some type (squat rack, poles, 5-ton truck)
Pretend the board is a wall to aid your HS.
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