How to Achieve Your First Handstand Push-Up 

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How to Achieve Your First Handstand Push-Up 

From coach-in-training Jonathan!

Recently, we’ve had a few workouts in class that have involved Handstand Push-Ups. I’ve noticed that there are many people that are in the cusp of getting their first Rx HSPU or some can string a couple together but not consistently. These next couple drills I will introduce will help build the strength, stability, and comfort for mastering the HSPU. Just like pullups, you should first build the strength and stability to perform Striattempingnthisct HSPUs prior to attempting Kipping HSPUs. Here they are:

  1. HSPU Negatives

Prior to attempting this drill, you should be able to at least hold your body in a handstand on the wall for 30 seconds. Start by jumping up to the wall as if you’re about to do HSPUs, hands 6-10” away from the wall, approximately 24-30” apart. With a tight core, lower yourself slowly to the bottom of the HSPU. Once at the bottom, come off the wall and repeat. This drill will help build stability and strength for the HSPU.

  1. Seated Dumbbell Press

This movement is usually always introduced as a scaled movement for the HSPUs. It’s great because this too, when performed correctly, will build that strength and core stability. Start by sitting on the ground with legs extended forward, such as in an L-sit position. With both dumbbells resting on your shoulders, press them overhead in a straight path, keeping the torso vertical and core tight. Make sure to lock out your elbows at the top. Lower both dumbbells back against your shoulders and repeat.

Doing these drills a couple times a week for 10-15 minutes outside of class will pay huge dividends for helping you get your first HSPU or becoming more consistent with them. Give them a try and let me know how it goes!



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