I designed this course to be thorough and well rounded approach for anyone wanting to learn or improve their handstands. I asked my self what are the most essential skills for a beginner or intermediate student to practice if they are learning a handstand without the help of a coach or a spotter. What drills and techniques will give them the fastest results for their investment of time and energy so they will see results quickly. We start out general with big movements learning how to enter and exit the position with kick ups and cartwheels. And then build all the way up to the gritty specific details of alignment for hands, shoulders, ribs, back, hips and legs. The whole time developing handstand specific strength, and improving balance. These techniques are approachable for all levels and challenging to master.
All things handstands.
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
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.
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.