Road to One Minute Handstand: Days 12 – 15

This is part three of my series on obtaining a one minute freestanding handstand.

After biting the bullet and admitting my form is poor, I’ve been working hard to get the correct hollow body shape. I’m focusing on pushing myself away from the earth and trying to almost shrug my shoulders to my ears. This has definitely thrown off my balance and the length of time in which I can hold a handstand has plummeted, but I’m finally starting to feel comfortable. More importantly, I’m getting closer to the correct shape.

My feet are still too far behind my head, but as you can see in the later videos, I’m slowly able to bring them inline with the rest of my body. Very much a work in progress

Road to One Minute Handstand: Days 5 – 11

This is the second part of my series of posts documenting my progress on obtaining a one minute freestanding handstand.

Days 5 to 11 were a gut punch. Not only was I not making any improvements, but as I reviewed the footage I saw two troubling and related issues. I was not opening my shoulders and I was keeping the hollow body position. The videos below show that I’m really “muscling” my handstand and my alignment is far from straight. Unfortunately, this bad position feels quite comfortable, so I need to retrain myself to get into the correct position. This will definitely be a step or two backwards before stepping forward

Road to 1 Min Handstand: Days 1-4

Max Shank recently shared a blog post describing a few of the healthy checks per se that one should be able to perform regularly to ensure that whatever program one is on isn’t totally screwing you up.

I’m a big fan of these types of tests. As a serial program hopper, they help me stay grounded to a few core movements that I need to continually master. That said, one of the moves Max described was the one minute freestanding handstand.

I fancy myself okay at handstands, but I quickly realized I couldn’t hold one for a full minute. Time to remedy that.

My experiment is to practice handstands everyday and record a video of a timed hold. I’ll plan to run this experiment for 90 days with evaluations every month. I’m filming each day’s attempt for two reasons: to keep myself honest and ensure that I actually work the handstand (without the fear of record-able evidence I’m more likely to half-ass my attempts) and to see if my performance varies. Per the latter, I’m inclined to believe (but do not have any data to support the notion) that I tend to get worse for a period of time before leaping forward. At the very least, I do not expect linear progress.

If all goes well, I’d like to add future exercises, such as the split or the lever (two moves I have been psuedo-working on).