The relationship of shoulder and spine positions in a handstand
Often people come to the conclusion that because their shoulders "aren't open" in handstand that the shoulders are not flexible enough and that they need to stretch more or use other means to increase range. This may not be necessary, as an open shoulder angle in handstand can easily have just as much to do with your shoulder engagement, balance strategy and spinal shape as it does with passive range. In this video Sean demos the consequences of these different variables and shows a wall drill useful in finding the action of shoulder flexion.
How to Balance a Handstand
In this video, we discuss the mechanics of how you can use your shoulders and your hands to manage the balance of your handstand.
This video talks about some basic (and not so basic) headstand freeze transitions! Video Includes headstand to: handstand, crow, air baby and elbow freezes! Here is a guide to the key parts of the video: 00:00 Introduction, training techniques and tools. 00:39 Head to handstand transition - progressions and tools 03:38 Head to Crow transition 04:20 Head to Airbaby transition 05:25 Challenge round:head to Crow to Airbaby 05:49 Head to elbow transition
Jump to low H2H
The jump to low hand to hand is the most direct entrance to the skill and prepares the partnership for higher level hand to hand skills in both L-basing and standing acrobatics. In this video we review our thoughts on consistency of the grip, directionality of the jump and mindset/responsibilities for each roll.
Perfecting Your Line
Are you stuck in a Banana Back Handstand? Do you wish you could stay balanced in a straight line? Achieving better alignment in a handstand is not a quick fix but a continual process. This video establishes the correct direction to begin or accelerate this process. We breakdown the role of each individual body part while in the handstand position. We then add the weight of gravity and the control of balance to challenge the whole body's coordination while maintaining its position. Exercise Breakdown 0:09 Belly/Prone Elongation 1:29 Back/Supine Elongation 2:11 Transferring Balance Upright 3:40 Transferring Balance Upside Down
Hands for Handstands
When in a handstand don't overlook your hands. Your hands are the first point of connection, the first point responsible to help you balance. If your foundation is off, even the slightest bit, maintaining balance gets infinitely harder. Use this video to create good habits if you're new to handstands or to fine tune your line, if you have been practicing for a while. Balancing a handstand is a fluid process of making continual subtle adjustments with your open, active, intelligent, alighned hands. Exercise Breakdown 0:20 Wide Base of Support 0:48 Open the Palm 1:34 Weight in the Fingers 2:11 Wrist and Elbow Alignment 2:19 Hyperextension 3:14 Bent Arms 3:58 Downward Dog Walks 4:41 Arch of the Hand
Shoulders For Handstands
Handstands uniquely require shoulder strength as well as core integration with the arms in an overhead position. In this video we use elbow stand exercises to isolate the actions at the shoulder joint, break bad habits of compensating in the lower arm for shoulder weakness, and build handstand specific strength and stability in the whole chain. These techniques are great for beginners gaining confidence being upside-down or experienced hand balancers looking for new a challenge. Exercise Breakdown 0:09 Should Blade Slides 0:53 Dolphin 1:28 Single Leg Lifts 2:21 Walk Up the Wall 3:25 Single Leg Tuck Press 4:53 Elbow Stand Balancing
Full Body Handstand Warm Up - 30 minutes
In this video Sean Langhaus leads you through a warm up routine specifically designed to prepare you to practice handstand. The practice includes active shoulder and leg flexibility, spinal mobility and core work.
All Levels Handstand Wall Workout
This is a 40 minute technique and conditioning video for handstands. These wall exercises will help you develop strength, mobility, and body awareness for handstands. The exercises in this video are divided into three levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. It includes: * Full warmup * Wrist strengthening exercises * Conditioning exercises * Progressive wall drills * Ending stretches Feel free to follow along with me, or pause the video and do them on your on time!