Here’s another question from John in England.
Hello Logan, I’ve just received your manual which I ordered, thanks for sending it so prompt. I’m just approaching 40 years old and have become determined to do handstands and a few other basic gymnastic exercises. I’ve been practicing against a wall for a few months and can hold a wall handstand for just under a minute but I’m having a lot of trouble transferring that skill away from the wall. I’m trying to concentrate on my fingers and wrists to balance without much luck. Any tips. Also how long should you be looking to hold a stationary free handstand before moving on to the next section of your course and handstands with unusual leg positions.
Well John first off I want to commend you for going after these skills at an age where most men are content with doing zero physical activity.
There are a few questions here so I will tackle them one at a time.
The article I wrote last week may help with the balancing aspect. You can read that here: Handstands and Scientific Balancing
Some of the lead-up stunts described in the Hand Balancing Mastery Course are a big help in teaching you the balance.Still it takes practice to get the ‘feel’ of the handstand.
There will be more on this subject soon since it seems to be everyone’s mind judging from the number of questions I‘m getting.
As for how long should you hold each position? This is up to you. At a bare minimum I would say 15 seconds. But 30 seconds would probably be better.
I can remember my first half minute handstand. It was quite exciting and perhaps I will share that story with you another time.
Once you move onto the variations found in the course you don’t need to set a record with each one. Just master the position. I personally like to move from one position to the next and so on but holding them works just as well.
Good Luck and Good Hand Balancing,
P.S. The new Ask A Question section of the site seems to be a hit. While I may not reply personally to your question it will let me know what you want covered here.