I attended the Progressive Calisthenics Certification in the San Diego, CA area a couple of weeks ago. It was truly an amazing experience.
After three full days of training body weight, I of course tried many new moves, and as a result also ended up with a list of exercises I want to be able to do by the end of the year.
The freestanding handstand is at the top of that list. It is a great feat of athleticism. And it looks very cool.
I am getting just a little better at the move every time I practice it … I got a solid three second hold with my feet away from the wall the other day, and was super pumped!!
Now the exercise might look a bit intimidating to you, but it’s really pretty accessible for healthy, reasonably fit and athletic individuals, if you apply the principles of progression to it like you would anything else.
So today I have a video for you with 2 tips to improve your freestanding handstand from my friend Max Shank.
The Progressive Calisthenics Cert was actually held at Max’s gym, and I spent some time with him last year as well when I took the RKC II at his facility. Max is a super knowledgable dude, and he walks the walk for SURE. You can see a few pics of him doing some CRAZY feats of athleticism on his website at the link below.
So check out the video. And if you enjoy it, check out Max’s website and training program, called “Ultimate Athleticism“.
– Get good at the handstand against the wall before you move to freestanding handstands
– Practice the crow stand to get comfortable using your hands to balance your weight
– Hold your arms straight like “stilts” on the ground
– Swing one leg up like a pendulum to get into position; the other leg will stay close to the ground, so you’ll be in kind of an “L” shape with your lower body
– Gradually kick up to that top position (watch the video to see a demo)
And start working on those freestanding handstands!
– Forest Vance, MS, RKC II, PCC