Handstand Press explained

The more forward bend flexibility you have, the less you will need to lean your bodyweight over your hands, and so the less shoulder strength you will need.

Start with your legs in a medium wide stance, slowly lean into your hands and go up onto your tip toes. This helps get your bum up and your bodweight over your hands.

The only way a handstand can happen is when the centre of gravity is over the hands. If you cannot get your bodyweight over your hands there’s no way your legs can lift. The failure of the lift is often mis-diagnosed as a lack of core strength but it really comes down to insufficient shoulder strength to support the bodyweight as the centre of gravity leans forward over the hands.

The less forward bend you have, the more you have to lean forward over your hands, and the more shoulder strength will be required to resist your bodyweight.

Another important factor is the hip flexibility. If your legs can float up sideways through a wide splits, this will require less planche forward and less shoulder strength.

Flexibility – not strength – is the limiting factor for most people.

Note: everyone’s body is different. People have different leg:arm ratios and so the mechanics are different for all of us. Some people find some moves easier than others.

If you find something difficult or impossible it doesn’t necessarily mean you are lacking effort or will power, it’s important to remember it’s just mechanics, forces, centres of gravity. You can improve your mechanics by increasing flexibility and the strength of muscles but that’s all it boils down to.

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