If you are determined to finally master that handstand that you have been dreaming of for a long time, then you are in for some rather hard work.
This is a skill that is learned and not the one that you are born with, so you will certainly need to do some work in order to master it. Without your strong will and effort, you won’t be able to achieve the goal you have set.
If your goal is to finally do a straight, upright, and perfect-looking handstand, or to hold it longer than a few seconds then you’ll need both practice and the right exercises to do as a beginner.
So without further ado, lets see some tips for doing a perfect handstand.
- 4 Tips for Doing a Perfect Handstand
- Steps for doing a Handstand
4 Tips for Doing a Perfect Handstand
1. Start With Strength Training
You need the strength necessary to hold your whole body on your hands. You cannot exactly start doing this without having done a single day of strength training in your life. You can try exercises like wall push-ups, chair dips, squats, bridge, etc to help build your strength.
2. Work on Your Flexibility
According to howtohandstand.com, you need to develop flexibility in your body. Flexibility will help avoid injuries that you might have to go through if you practice handstand with a stiff body.
Having strong muscles is definitely necessary, but if those muscles aren’t flexible, then you will be all stiff and unable to move around the parts that need to be moved when you want to stand upside down.
3. Practice Endurance
Building endurance will help you hold your handstand for longer.
4. Master Alignment
Some balancing exercises can help you practice alignment to achieve balance, stability and right form to your perfectly straight handstand.
Steps for doing a Handstand
Start with Warm up
Always start with a warm up. For the handstand, its important to warm up your arms and core.
- Arm and core strengthening exercises
The warm-up is to be followed by a series of quick stretches, holding each position for about 6 seconds.
- Right Lunge
- Right hamstring stretch
- Left Lunge
- Left hamstring stretch
- Right Shoulder stretch
- Left Shoulder stretch
- Seal stretch
- Downward dog
- Roll Wrists Towards and Backwards (3 times)
Get into the Prep for Handstand
Before you handstand, prep yourself into a nice lunge and get to your comfortable T position.
- Prep Lunge
- T Position
Kick lightly up in the air with you in upside down position
Post the prep, now kick lightly up in the air to get a sense of your jump and strength you need.
- If you can’t kick up lightly as a beginner, you can also go close a wall and try walking your feet up a wall.
Kick your feet all the way up with you in upside down position
- Do it against the bed first time so you don’t fall directly to the ground, then when you get confident, do it against a wall
Fall over in Bridge form
- Don’t be scared to fall.
- Just fall over in the bridge form and try to keep it slow.
Keep proper form
- Keep your hands close to your ear, not far apart
- Make you have an engaged core, suck stomach in a little.
- Don’t let your spine curve and your core fall loose.
- Push your shoulders up when you’re upside down. If you can’t, make sure to work on your upper body more.
- Squeeze your thighs together.
I hope you got an idea. But its important to note that handstand is NOT for everyone. You need months of practice. You should strictly try this in the presence of a certified trainer to avoid any risk of injuries.
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