Handstand Challenge 8: Handstand Alignment

GymnasticBodies athlete demonstrates how to do a handstand with Proper Alignment in day 8 of the handstand challenge.

GymnasticBodies Athlete Demonstrates a Handstand with Proper Alignment

Your handstand challenge for today (video below) is inspired by our Handstand Courses.

Your challenge is to get as close as you can to a perfectly aligned handstand with your torso facing the wall.

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Start in a plank position with your feet against the wall. Walk your feet up onto the wall and find your handstand. Bring your wrists as close as you are able to the wall. While in your handstand, maintain the following alignment:

1.) Hands shoulder-width apart

2.) Elbows straight

3.) Shoulders shrugged

4.) Chin in the correct position (see challenge #4)

5.) Ribs hollowed or tucked in

6.) Glutes squeezed and hips tucked under

7.) Legs together and straight

8.) Toes together and pointed

Hold your perfectly aligned handstand for 30 seconds.

When your core is not properly developed, doing your handstand by kicking into the wall can cause your back to arch in your handstand. By doing your handstand facing the wall, be patient. Your core will get stronger by practicing and maintaining a strong line.

Hint: The most limiting factor to your alignment is your mobility.

Here’s what you need to do:

1.) After you watch the video, try it out for yourself!

2.) Post a video or photo of you doing the challenge and share with others on our Facebook Group Page for community feedback.

3.) Post on social media using these hashtags along with your video #gbhandstandchallenge #gymnasticbodies #christophersommer

4.) New to the Challenge? Here is a list of all the current challenge vids.

We hope you enjoyed doing this handstand alignment drill with your 2017 GymnasticBodies Handstand Challenge community.

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