A handstand is an act of supporting the body in a stable and inverted vertical position by managing the weight of the body on hands. In a basic exercise, the body is held vertically straight with hands spaced approximately shoulder-width apart and legs and arms fully extended. There are multiple variations of this exercise, but in all cases, a handstand performer must possess adequate balance, stability, and upper body strength.

  • Bodyweight
  • Compound

Perfecting this simple calisthenic activity is a prerequisite for learning other unusual calisthenics/gymnastic tricks. Doing a handstand is not only fun, but it also looks really impressive. If you take this exercise one day at a time and work to improve your balance as well as your upper body, shoulder and core strength, you will be on your way to graceful and steady handstand in not time. Always remember to be patient, practice makes a man perfect!

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Benefits of Handstands

  • The biggest benefit of doing handstands on a daily basis is the building of your core and upper body strength.
  • When it comes to improving your body control, spatial awareness, and overall strength, it’s hard to beat handstand training.
  • Handstands are the well-known remedy in yoga circles as a mood-elevator and can contribute to reducing minor depression.
  • Not only will handstands make you healthy and active, but they also help improve your balancing abilities.
  • When you are feeling stressed out, handstands can also make you feel calm and happier, since the blood flow to your brain has a calming and energizing effect.

Muscles Worked

  • Anterior and Posterior Deltoid
  • Triceps
  • Trapezius
  • Rectus Abdominus
  • Forearm Muscles

How to Do a Handstand

  1. Always use a wall when starting off. That way you eliminate any fear of falling and can focus only on your workout.
  2. The first step is to start with your hands on the ground and walk your body up and down into a handstand position by moving your hands close to the wall. Determine how high you can bring your feet up the wall.
  3. Face the wall and kick yourself up into the handstand position. Try to hold the position as long as you can to build the core and shoulder strength.
  4. Use your feet to gently release the body from the wall so that your weight is balanced over your hands. Your body should now be straight and upright and ends with sharp toes.
  5. Repeat the process until your start balancing your body.