This is a guest post from Chris Salvato, handstand Jedi Master. I’ve spent the better part of the past two years working on handstand balancing, and know quite a few rebels in our Community have as well.
Chris lives for handstands, so I reached out to him to put together a comprehensive post on how to get started with handstands: it’s an incredible strength builder, a great party trick, and one of those things that makes you feel like a kid again
Take it away Chris!
What went through your mind the last time you saw someone perform a great handstand? If you’re like most of the people I’ve worked with, then you probably thought:
“Wow, what control!”
“What a display of strength and finesse.”
“That looks really cool.”
Unfortunately, when you see a handstand you probably also think “I could never do that in a million years!”
“I’m scared of falling on my back.”
“I’m not strong enough.”
“I’m too overweight, too old, and too weak.”
So, what if I said that you could achieve a handstand in a much shorter time period than you think? Would you tell me that is was impossible? That you couldn’t possibly do it? Might our conversation go like this?
Luke: I can’t believe it!
Yoda: That is why you fail.
Once you start believing that you can perform your first handstand, its amazing how quickly progress comes. I routinely get beginners and intermediates to their first freestanding handstand within 60 days.
That’s two months to reach a goal they once thought impossible.
Today we’ll be going over a step-by-step progression to help you make significant progress towards your first freestanding handstand, and hopefully prepare you for the 28-Day Handstand Challenge.