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Old 09-03-2004, 02:31 PM   #1
Paul Scott Suliin
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I just ran across something in the "What is Fitness" essay that made me think of the recent thread on substitutes for the handstand pushup. The CFJ article reads:

"There is a family of presses that range from relatively easy, ones that any beginning gymnast can perform to ones so difficult that only the best gymnasts competing at national levels can perform. Their hierarchy of difficulty is bent arm/bent body (hip)/bent leg; straight arm/bent body/bent leg; straight arm/bent body/straight leg, bent arm/straight body/straight leg, and finally the monster: straight arm/straight body/straight leg. It is not unusual to take ten years to get these five presses!"

I don't know about anyone else, but the vision of HSPUs that I had looks like the straight arm/straight body/straight leg "monster," that many people are ten years from mastering.

If anyone else is thinking like I was, then a reasonable substitute for the "king" of HSPUs is one of the easier versions. So does anyone know how these are performed? What the heck is "bent arm/bent body/bent leg?"

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Old 09-03-2004, 03:06 PM   #2
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Paul,

Others may correct me, but I believe that this is referring to the "press to handstand" not a HSPU. In other words, how you go from upright to upside-down in a handstand. One example would be if you were standing, then bent forward and put your hands on the floor. You could then shift your bodyweight to your hands and lift your legs up, under control, to overhead. This is much harder than kicking up to a handstand and requires a lot of strength and flexibility. Whether your arms/legs/etc are bent are what varies the difficulty. I'd imagine that the straight arm/straight body/straight leg is done on rings and not the floor.

Check out www.drillsandskills.com to get a more in depth discussion of these variations!

-Paul
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Old 09-03-2004, 03:23 PM   #3
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Ah, that makes a certain sense, Paul, particularly of the terminology.

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Old 09-03-2004, 03:31 PM   #4
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Paul,

If you want to see some pics of what is being discussed check out the August 2003 section of the WOD archives. The dates to look for are the 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th and 15th.

Hope this helps,

Ryan
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