CrossFit Discussion Board  

Go Back   CrossFit Discussion Board > CrossFit Forum > Digital Coaching
CrossFit Home Forum Site Rules CrossFit FAQ Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Digital Coaching Post pictures or movies for critique and coaching

Thread Tools
Old 07-15-2007, 08:51 AM   #1
Frank Menendez
Member Frank Menendez is offline
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Miami  Florida
Posts: 810
Handstand Push-ups:

My background is in gymnastics, and from a gymnastics point of view, my back is too arched, stomach isn't tight enough, I'm not going low enough, and i am not locking my arms at the top. Anything else?


As far as the deadlift, I am correct to say that my hips are too high (i need to be more "under" the bar before extending)? Opinions?


(Message edited by frankm007 on July 15, 2007)

(Message edited by frankm007 on July 15, 2007)
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2007, 09:03 AM   #2
David Aguasca
Member David Aguasca is offline
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Nyack  NY
Posts: 828
well, first off, i'd say your deadlifts look A LOT like your HSPUs.... ; )
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2007, 09:10 AM   #3
Frank Menendez
Member Frank Menendez is offline
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Miami  Florida
Posts: 810
haha, oops! corrected :-)
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2007, 01:58 PM   #4
Andrew G. Greenberg
Member Andrew G. Greenberg is offline
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Charlotte  NC
Posts: 623
you need to work on your descent -- butt out more, and move the body away from the bar instead of the bar away from the body.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2007, 05:14 PM   #5
James Falkner
Member James Falkner is offline
James Falkner's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Orlando  FL
Posts: 608

Back arched a lot, which encourages poor (well, maybe not poor, but not the current "accepted" standard of super-straight) static handstands.
Also this arching makes your extension at the top not complete - elbows are still bent at the top.

(Disclaimer: they look a lot better than mine :-) )

edit: Whoops: I just noticed you mentioned these items already. everything else looks good to me :-)

(Message edited by schtool on July 15, 2007)
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2007, 05:56 PM   #6
Peter Dell'Orto
Member Peter Dell'Orto is offline
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Niigata-shi  Niigata-ken
Posts: 236
I was doing the same exact thing on my deadlift descent. The advice I got that helped the most was to push my butt out, keep my lower back arched hard, and to keep the shins straight as the bar passes the knees (either direction). Keeping those cues in mind helped me a lot.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2007, 03:44 AM   #7
Blair Robert Lowe
Member Blair Robert Lowe is offline
Blair Robert Lowe's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Sacramento  CA
Posts: 7,948
Besides the arched against the wall HSPU ( doing it back towards the wall tends to arch them ), I think the hands are too far apart which compromises ROM. Your shoulders are not opening up in part due to the aforementioned archiness, but the wide grip causes your elbows to go about 45 degrees out from your body. Hands should be shoulder width apart. At the handstand, your shoulder should be into your ear, bicep above your ear ( with ideal flexibility ).

With hands further apart your ROM is less. This is mo' bettah form for CF HSPU than the elbows flared out versions ( with hands too wide ) but still not ideal.

Are you tight in your shoulders in a handstand or bridge?
  Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Traditional Deadlifts versus Sumo Deadlifts Brandon Michael Enos Exercises 3 04-10-2007 10:45 PM
My Personal WOds Milan Jordanovic Workout of the Day 1 03-18-2007 03:18 PM
Personal trainers - a new low? Don Stevenson Community 12 02-15-2006 07:55 AM
A bit of adv ice/critique please? Bryan McWilliams Starting 1 02-12-2006 10:19 AM
Changes in personal training? Ron Nelson Fitness 8 07-21-2004 11:12 AM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:51 AM.

CrossFit is a registered trademark of CrossFit Inc.