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4 Exercises to Progress Your Handstand

4 Exercises to Progress Your Handstand

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January 16, 2015
Updated April 11, 2018


Handstands require considerable strength in your arms, shoulders and chest. You must be able to lower yourself slowly and in a controlled manner, as well as being  able to push yourself back up to a handstand position. This amount of strength does not come easily. Here are 4 exercises to help you progress towards a free standing handstand. Do not move onto the next exercises before you are proficient at the current movement. Here are 4 exercises to progress your handstand:

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Handstand Exercise #1: Pike Push Up

The Pike Push Up is a great upper body builder and beginner variation of the Handstand Push Up. No shame in starting here, as you build up your coordination and overhead pressing strength, you will be on your way to a handstand in no time.

Handstand Exercise #2: Crow

Crow is great for strengthening the arms, wrists, and abdominal muscles. Crow is a beginner Yoga hold, that is great for opening up the upper back and groin.

Handstand Exercise #3: Wall Handstand

Wall Handstands are as close as you can get to a handstand without actually performing one. Wall Handstands are great for getting comfortable in the handstand position, allowing yourself to strengthen the upper body and core for a true handstand.

Handstand Exercise #4: Handstand


Handstands are a stable for gymnasts, acrobats, and any other bar athlete you can imagine. The Handstand is an advanced bodyweight training exercise, and a great builder of your arms, wrists, core, and shoulders. Handstands are fun and are amazing for you, making them essential for everyone.

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