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  1. I've been trying for months to push out from a frog-stand to a straight-arm handstand but something (probably a lack of strength in a particular area) is preventing from doing so: Video 1 - I can just about get into a frog-stand and get into a bent-arm stand, but observe my shoulders sink a little but, and I'm literally using all the strength that I have possible to hold my arms at a 90 degree angle. I find this extremly tough to hold. Video 2 - In this one when I try to bring my hips more over my shoulders, I try to push up but fail and crash down. This is on-going and I don't know how to get out of it. I've purchased the foundation course and thinking about starting from Level 2 - I've seen Level 3 has the HeSPU but I'm afraid I'll be stuck on that even after the progressions as something is not clicking about this transition. In terms of general pushing strength here is a dips video. I'm also doing pike push-ups and HSPU (chest-to-wall). I can press a 32kg kettlebell 1-2 reps on each arm. Thanks for reading. Awais
  2. Hello! I have more of a theoretical question, hope is no problem that I ask here. I have being studying some mechanisms of spinal extension, namely Intra-abdominal pressure, Thoracolumbar fascia gain and Hydraulic amplifier mechanism (there is some information here http://www.futurefittraining.co.uk/Courses/courseid973562240/Mechanismsofspinalstability/AdvAP_U5L3_Mechanisms of spinal stability.pdf). It's mainly the fact that during flexion of the spine deep muscles within the ribcage and abdominal area protect the spine by hooking around the abdominal cavity, but this bracing is counterbalanced with an extension mechanism that through the fascia in our lower backs compresses the erector spinae, and that in turns extends our spine. This three mechanisms help us counterbalance either movements of flexion or extension, so we can balance upright. I cannot say I can explain it greatly yet, but hopefully somebody here would have hear about it. If you do, do you think this mechanism can work in the same way but only backwards during a Press Handstand? I'm starting to understand the huge "core strength" (including things like the pelvic floor and transverse abdominis) this movement requires. Also, if it does, would the trapezius serve the function of the thoracolumbar fascia, compressing the erector spinae and that creating extension at the hips? That would explain why so much trap strength is required for this! I hope somebody can give me your thoughts on this, or at least point me to any resources. Thank you for your time
  3. AmirHosein98

    Coming back from handstand to straddle L

    Hi,I could do press handstand from straddle L position,but coming back from the handstand to straddle l is hard for me.i have a solid L sit and good abdominal muscles.I think it is because of the lack of core strength,am i right?Do v-sit and training manna help me?
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