There are many different pieces you have to pay attention to, in your efforts to learn how to do a handstand. And going through them all in a single handstand tutorial is going to be difficult but this should give you a great start.
Holding a handstand is the beginning of your hand balancing career. Even if you’ve got no plans to compete in gymnastics or join the circus, after you master the handstand you’re sure to push onwards.
That all being said lets get started with our handstands.
How do you hold a handstand? In its simplest form you stand on your hands exactly like you would on your feet. Like learning to walk, you’re bound to fall many times in working up to the handstand. There are different ways to hold a handstand and get into it but for me this is the simplest way.
Getting into the handstand is as important as holding the handstand itself. By mastering the kick-up you’ll be much further along in your journey to holding a hand stand.
Let’s start at the beginning. From a standing position you are going to be kicking-up with one leg or the other. Experiment to find which one works best for you.
Assume a standing position with the kick-up leg a bit behind the other. Bend forward at the waist with your arms hanging loosely. As you bend forward your leg will raise up in line with your torso or close to it.
Your arms should remain perpendicular to the ground at all times. When the hands touch the ground you’ll kick with the other leg and they should meet up overhead. You must find the right amount of kicking force to get you into the handstand but no more.
Congratulations, you are in a handstand. The next part is holding it. But you should be able to see that the better you do the kick-up the easier holding the handstand is.
To hold the handstand you have to keep your body tight. If any body part is kept relaxed you’re likely to just fall towards the ground. Tighten everything up so that you remain rigid like a board.
Curving your back or keeping it straight both work in the handstand. Either way you do it you can still pull off a good handstand. For most the arched handstand position is easier.
With your body kept tight, you want to maintain the balance primarily with the fingers. Dig them into the ground to prevent from overbalancing and let up to prevent from underbalancing. Balance can also be maintain with the shoulders but starting out you want to rely on the hands.
If you take the shoulders out of the locked out position they need to be in you’ll likely start using your strength to balance which you want to avoid. Think of shrugging your shoulders up towards the ears at all times. At the same time you should maintain locked out elbows.
If you give all this a try you’ll likely find out just how difficult holding a handstand can be. That’s because asking how to do a handstand is the wrong question. The real question you should be asking is how do you build up to a handstand.
That’s why I created the Secrets of the Handstand Quick Start DVD. This DVD will give you different lead-up stunts that build you to the point of doing a handstand. (For a limited time you can get this video 100% FREE. Click here for details.)
With all the things you have to do, kick-up, body tight, shoulders locked, balance with the hands, and more its too much to pay attention to. This is why so many people who originally set out after the handstand give up in frustration.
The real secret is to build up your handstand skills by doing other moves. Follow the plan and you’ll get to the handstand faster than going through the long drawn out process of handstand trial and error. Check out the Handstand video here.