Building Strength For The Handstand

Using Your Feet To Get Around On….Pah!


Learning to do the intimidating handstand is one of the best things you can do for your body. If you’re able to execute one properly and hold it for 5-10 seconds, it’s a testament to how much muscle control and balance you can muster. You’re basically going against gravity here, so every muscle fiber and joint has to cooperate to keep you stable upside down. The handstand works your upper body and core muscles big time. It’s a more holistic exercise than isolated weight training.

The handstand demands a lot of strength, but it’s not something only gymnasts and acrobats can do. These exercises will help you build strength for it.


Wall Walks

Frequent repetitions of the handstand wall walks will help you gain confidence in staying inverted, aside from building strength. You can rely on the wall for safety while getting the feel of being upside down. It’s also a great way to check your positioning and how you use your muscles in preparation for the real handstand.



To do the wall walk, assume a plank position against the wall, with your feet touching the wall. Gradually climb the wall with your feet, until your abdominal section and your hands are close to the wall. Hold this position for a while, ideally 5-10 seconds, and then slowly crawl back down to plank position.

If you are having a difficult time getting your hands close to the wall, just try to get your legs as high as you can and your hands as close as you can. You will build strength over time. Make sure that you keep your glutes and core muscles tight to keep yourself balanced.

More Handstand Assistance Exercises On Page 2

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