“Whoa, that’s what I’m doing? No wonder I‘m not pulling it off”
It wasn’t the first time I said that phrase and it wouldn’t be the last.
Back in gymnastics I liked to bring in a digital camera to take video of myself performing moves. I’d leap upwards to do a back flip and land it real low.
After seeing the film I knew my takeoff was too far back and not straight up where it needed to be. Even though I THOUGHT I was jumping straight up.
Especially when you are starting out it can be difficult to tell what you are doing. You are concentrated on just completing a move without hurting yourself that you can’t tell exactly where you are in space.
But when you watch yourself from the outside you can see it with ease. You can see the little details of what you’re doing. And this makes it easy to correct most of the time.
I’ve used it a lot for acrobatic moves but it’s equally helpful for hand balancing.
Even just a picture can help. Because you can compare your position to a picture of someone who is much better and find out what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong.
Most of the time what you think you’re doing is not what is actually happening. And that can be the difference between pulling off a move and failing miserably.
Even if you don’t personally own a camera, you probably know someone who does. If you want to get better and do it faster using a camera is a must-use tool.
The tip for today is to start recording yourself.
Good Luck and Good Hand Balancing,
P.S. If you need a video to compare your handstand to, not to mention a step-by-step plan to get there, check out the Secrets of the Handstand Quickstart Guide.