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Press to Handstand Tutorial

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Uploaded on Jul 20, 2009

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A detailed tutorial explaining the principles and techniques behind the most basic of press to handstands, the straddle press. Using the same techniques and progressions displayed in this tutorial, you can learn a tuck press, pike press, planche press, straddle lever press, L sit press, V sit press and any other press to handstand that you can think of! If you haven't seen my handstand tutorial, or indeed any other handstand tutorial on Youtube and you can't do a controlled handstand for a fair amount of time, I suggest you take a look at a tutorial and learn to do a decent handstand before following this tutorial. My handstand tutorial can be found by following this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MPS2f...

If after trying, you are still having trouble with lifting your hips before your legs; follow this link for a really excellent drill which should help you, it focuses solely on the lifting of the hips:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BomnNM...

My straddle press to handstand is by no means perfect in terms of technique, ideally you should get your hips right over your head before you start to lift your feet. I have enough strength to reach handstand even when my hips are only above my hands. It is not recommended, but if you are strong enough to do so, there is not necessarily anything wrong with doing that.

In the first clip I am wearing ankle weights to make it more difficult, this is a great way of improving the strength needed for this move, even if you use them whilst practicing against a wall, it will make it more difficult, and you will therefore improve more.

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