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Learn How to do a Handstand

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Uploaded on Jun 7, 2008

http://legendarystrength.com/handstan... - Teaches you how to do a handstand. For beginner's this is one of the easiest ways to do a handstand. 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.

To learn how to do a handstand, there are several different steps you need to follow. In this video I try to go through each step, but there are so many things one can learn about a handstand, so it's hard to explain everything in a single video.

A successful handstand is essentially the start of your hand balancing career. Most of us don't plan to join the circus or train gymnastics professionally, but a proper handstand can be beneficial in many other ways.

So, how do you do it? A hand stand in its simplest form should look like you're standing on your feet, rotated. It's much like learning how to walk and you will definitely fail in the beginning of learning how to do a handstand. Let me show you the easiest way possible.

First of all, make sure to learn to master kick-up before you advance to a hand stand. You are going to be kick-up with one leg or other, depending on which works better for you. Get in a standing position with the kick-up leg behind the other. Try to bend forward at the waist with your arms hanging loosely. Through this process, your leg will raise up in line with your torso or very close to it.

Keep in mind that your arms should always remain perpendicular to the ground. At the moment when your hands touch the ground, you'll need to kick with your other leg and let them meet up overhead. You'll want to experiment and find the right amount of force needed to position you into the handstand.

Bravo, you just got in a handstand! Now the harder part...You need to keep holding it. However, you'll notice that the better your kick-up, the easier it gets to hold the handstand.

Another very important aspect in training to do a handstand is keeping your body tight. If you let any part of your body to become relaxed, chances are you will just fall towards the ground. Keep it tight! Some people think that you HAVE to keep your back straight for a proper handstand, but this simply isn't true. Both curving your back and keeping it straight works just fine for a gymnastics hand stand. Moreover, the arched version of a handstand is somewhat easier to achieve.

Balance is the final part of learning how to do a handstand easily. We do this primarily with our fingers, as we need to dig them into the ground in order to avoid overbalancing. You also need to use your shoulders to maintain the balance, but for the start focus on your hands.

Finally, if you ignore all this, you will realize that trying to do a handstand without good preparation is nearly impossible. The real secret in hand stand training for beginners is finding out how do you build up to a handstand.

For more information on handstands, acrobatics and bodyweight training check out these great books on Amazon:

• Hand Balancing Made Easy - for a step-by-step beginner's and intermediate guide to handstand skills - http://tinyurl.com/ctvncnr
• Secrets of the Handstand - is the fastest way to learn a freestanding handstand guaranteed - http://tinyurl.com/bwdtod3
• The True Art and Science of Hand Balancing - was written by two of the best hand balancers ever, Professor Paulinetti and Bob Jones creators and innovators of many moves like the One Arm Planche and Thumb Stand - http://tinyurl.com/c9xt3pf

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