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  1. Alexander Castiglione

    Pistols - Playing catch up?

    Hey GB, So I've been working on pistols aka single leg squats. I went thru a bunch of progressions, and made some great progress vis a vis balance and overall leg strength. However, my dominant leg (left) remains to be stronger and i have better balance on it. I've been doing sets of 5x5 on both legs, but sometimes, i only do 3x5 on the left to let the other side catch up. I also do pistols with a kettle-bells sometimes (which aside from counterbalancing) tacks on some extra LBs, making solely bodyweight "feel" easier. Has anybody had this issue - one leg being stronger and better balanced than the other? If so, did you back off volume on one leg, add weight to the other, a mix of both? Or just stayed the course and the "weaker" leg eventually caught up? Please let me know. Thanks!
  2. Rachid Tahri

    internal shoulder rotation in wall HS

    A while ago I posted a video about my handstand line progress. I was very enthusiastic and happy with my new "line". Also other members congratulated me with the progress I made. To summerize: i felt a shoulder lock that allowed my to lock my shoulders while having a "hollow" position. I learned after a while that this "lock" was my shoulders being internally rotated (just like in shoulder dislocations), a trained eye can see that my elbows are flaring out and my lats get "folded" (don't have the right terminology for this). After learning some posts of Handbalancer and other experienced people I came to the conclusion that most handbalancers externally rotate there shoulders. Also if I do freestanding handstand I tend to externally rotate. If I do a wall handstand while internally rotating my shoulders I can hold this position much longer than if I do not allow this internally rotation, but my line is very good. On the other hand if I externally rotate my shoulder I feel very helpless in this position. Any advice here? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwmEnyhydwc
  3. Taking the Muscle Ups to the next level https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF-Y_vZbXOw
  4. Ezra Richardson

    Pulled Back Muscle Mid HS

    Hi Everyone, I will warn you, I am new to GB, so please excuse me if I'm not posting in the correct place. However, I'd really appreciate some advice/help with an issue I'm dealing with currently. I am not a member of any gymnastics gym, I do all my training at home on my own setup. TODAY, I was going about my regular HS training, I'm currently working on building strength in HSPU to incorporating wall assisted HSPU, which has worked very well for me! I've seen significant progress! As I finished my second working set I was descending from the HS by walking away from the wall and then dropping my feet when I have enough space to do so. IMMEDIATELY I felt a sharp pain right off my spine on my left side. It was pain enough to make me say OW and cringe, and following it was a slight burning sensation, but it went away rather fast. After resting I tried the same set again. Executing the movements correctly and then the same thing happened on the descending motion. I'm hoping someone might share some thoughts on what this is. I'm experienced in gymnastics and bodyweight training however, I've never dealt with something like this before. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated! Train Hard Eat Smart Live Happy
  5. Nidhish S

    Flairs or Circles first?

    I was reading about how tightrope walkers carry those big sticks to help maintain their balance. Apparently one of it's functions is to prevent rotation by creating a massive moment arm! Which got me thinking, if that's true then on a pommel horse/mushroom flairs ought to be an easier initiation into swinging then circles because the straddle position makes for a mechanical advantage through a smaller moment arm. I understand that just because it's easier it doesn't mean one should start with it but wouldn't it be more straight forward to teach someone the fundamental movement this way and then gradually develop extension?
  6. Frédéric Dubois

    Tickles when turning head upside down

    Hi everybody from the GB community, My name's Frédéric, I'm from Belgium and this is my first post. I've been following the forum for a while and decided to take part in the discussion. Let me start with a question. Whenever I come from a bridge position or an inverted support hold, which both have the head turn all the way upside down, I get enormous tickles in my tummy and can hardly keep my body calm. It's because my head signals a shift in the direction or plane of balance. Is this something you just get used to, so that the feeling will gradually become less to non-existent, or is there a trick to it? Thanks!
  7. 10 minutes ago i did a handstand in my room and my girlfriend noticed that there is something wrong with my hand placement and shoulder position...she made a picture and i tried to fix it...but everytime i kick in handstand i go naturally in this position....can anyone help me or tell what to do?
  8. I think that I finally reached the point that the handstand is a real strength exercise for me, and am happy with it! Let me explain. When I was a beginner in the handstand, I could not comprehend that the handstand was (also) a strength exercise because I was reasonably strong to start with and I could hold a (crappy) handstand with the WRONG muscles without trouble. Now when focussing on wall handstands and freestanding handstand with the correct line I have strength problems in the RIGHT muscles: I finally FEEL WEAK in the trap muscles AND I AM HAPPY with it, because now I (think I) understand what all the others are talking about (on this forum) when they say you have to feel it in the traps. Especially when I engage PPT while trying to maintain open shoulders in the freestanding handstand, I get perfect balance but I cannot hold it more than 10 sec because I am weak! This is the first time in my life that am happy with feeling weak in the right muscles! The handstand is full off surprises....How did the handstand surprise you guys?
  9. Aris Tsangarides

    First Handstand Post-Constructive Criticism

    Hey people, I have been training my handstand for quite some time now and I must say..It's been a struggle. I also developed alot of bad habits which took me an equal amount of time to correct. But hey, I like it, can't complain. About a month and a half ago, I looked for help from Miguel Santana on how to pull my ribs in and straighten my line. Today I tried to protract and elevate the scapula and this was the result: -alot more control and stability -backline not as straight as when I don't press down as much Embedded is a video of my handstand: I still don;t understand how some Handbalancers straighten their back so much. Any feedback would be really appreciated. BirzieX
  10. demeet2k

    Handstand Near Death Experience

    I almost died doing my final trick in my balancing routine. Sometimes I balance better on my hands than my feet. http://youtu.be/HKzTRrPiKW0
  11. Brendan Coad

    Hand Balance Meetup In Santa Cruz, Ca

    I am going to have some time available from Dec 13 - Dec 20 to meetup and train with others who are interested in hand balancing. If you are near the Santa Cruz, California area feel free to post in this topic or send me a message.
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