Why Handstand Training Results in a Better Quality of Life
No matter who you are or where you start, handstand training can improve your quality of life, posture, strength and confidence, even if Gymnastics Strength Training acts as a hobby in your free time.
You might say: “But wait… I’m out of shape, a little overweight, and haven’t even tried a handstand in decades!?” Lucky for you, you have come to the right place.
Start With Wrist Health
Between typing on keyboards, texting on cell phones, and driving in cars, our forearms, wrists, shoulders, upper backs, and elbows take a beating. We become chronically round-shouldered, immobile, unhealthy, and weak … perhaps without even realizing it.
How do we balance our daily dysfunction and take the first step to mastering a handstand? We begin with simple wrist stretches. Wrist stretches are absolutely necessary not only as the first step in handstand preparation for weekend warriors or competitive athletes but for all desk jockey adults. Get ready to combat atrophy, immobility and, even carpal tunnel syndrome.
Prepare your wrists for handstands and the rigors of everyday life with our Handstand Courses.
We begin very gently with wrist stretches in all directions, (something we all need desperately whether we realize it or not). Wrist stretches and wrist push-ups are necessary to prepare tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue for not only handstands but also for the rigors of life in the computer age.
Next, it is important to focus on your shoulders, to prevent rotator cuff impingement and injury and to increase longevity and the ease with which we complete daily tasks, like putting on a jacket without worrying if we can extend enough to get our arms through!
It’s All About The Line
To follow, we will train bodyline drills that focus on proper body alignment to keep your joints stacked vertically on top of one another to maximize your balance (think about your handstand like a stacked Jenga: the better the stack, the greater the balance).
No arched-back (aka banana back) handstands that reinforce poor technique and muscular imbalances are allowed here at Gymnasticbodies.
Finally, we will methodically prepare your core to handle the challenge and cool factor of being inverted. Think lots of planks, V-ups, and more fascinating six-pack popping strength. This core strength, paired with your sophisticated handstand body alignment position, and your handstand will be rock solid.
The Handstand Courses inside the GB Library were created to teach everyday adults of any age or body shape, just like you, to gain full-body access to sustain a solid line. But beyond this, we’ve seen BIG success with our students who use the Series to offset imbalances from their sedentary office jobs or repetitive outdoor activities – making handstand training a win-win for the everyday adult, athlete or fitness guru. Use the GB Handstand Series to create a strong and mobile body, capable of handling anything life throws at you while mastering some pretty cool party-trick skills while doing it.