This is hand balancing so most of your balance is coming from your hands. As a result being able to hold a handstand takes not only control but strong wrists and fingers. The stronger the better.

There are many great tools that serve this purpose, but how well they carry over specifically to hand balancing is a question up for debate.

In any handstand the wrist is close to full extension. There are hundreds of ways to train your hands and all of them can help but very few if any are working your wrists in a fully or almost fully extended position.

Since this position is where we need the strength then this is where a piece of our hand strengthening program should be.

One of the best ways to strengthen these muscles and the positions is through the use of isometrics. Isometrics, in case you don’t know, are merely muscular contractions against an immovable object. The next few I am going to show you are specifically for hand balancing.

If you have been practicing handstands for any time now then you should know that overbalancing is saved by pushing hard with your fingertips into the ground. Underbalancing is saved by letting up on this pressure. Since you have better leverage in the front by your fingertips it is wise to keep your balance toward overbalancing at all times.

Handstand Isometrics

This exercise is for building hand strength directly applicable to holding handstands

The following exercises are to be done without the balancing aspect involved. As you will come to see it would be impossible to do the isometrics as you would come right out of the balance.

These isometrics can be done in a handstand against a wall or in a pushup position. The handstand is best because that is what we are training for, but any pushup position will still give you the training effect. In the example I will use a handstand as an example but you can substitute a pushup if you want.

Assume a normal handstand against the wall. Now press your fingertips with all your might into the ground. The tips should turn white with the effort. Make sure your fingers are not straight but bent a little bit as this allows you to push harder.

Do not lose good handstand positioning. Make sure your elbows stay locked and you shrug your shoulders toward your ears.

Press as hard as you can for 6 seconds. As you press and count the seconds keep trying to push harder and harder. This is a game of using your mind to exert more effort so that you can reach a maximum level.

After you finish raise your fingers off of the ground. Make an effort to dig the heel of your hand into the ground. Your fingers should actually come off of the ground. Again do this for 6 seconds.

Repeat this exercise back and forth three to six times. You can come out of the handstand between reps or stay up in it.

By faithfully practicing this exercise you will build strength so that you can balance easier. If you are overbalancing the extra strength you gain from this exercise may allow you to save your position and stay in a handstand.

Only do this move at the end of any training period. If you did it before practicing your hand balancing it is likely that you’ll have fatigued forearms and hands, finding it much harder to balance.

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