Tucked Handstand. Bum out? – or not 

A tucked handstand is easier in some ways because the bodyweight is lower and so it’s easier to balance. 

People with good shoulder mobility will find it easier to stick their bum out because open shoulders are a part of the overall back bend. 

People with restricted shoulder mobility will find that their closed shoulders spoil the back bend and so they’ll find it difficult to stick their bum out and balance in a tucked handstand. 

If they are strong enough, they will be able to lean forward and support their bodyweight but it will feel like a struggle, if they are not strong enough then the tuck simple won’t be possible.

These people will find a regular straight Handstand easier to balance, but it won’t be entirely straight because the closed shoulders will cause a slight back bend to compensate, but it will feel easier than the tuck. 


When the arms are vertical to the ground the bodyweight can rest on the arms with very little effort.

Whenever your arms are leaning forward you are then relying on shoulder strength to support your bodyweight. Plus the sensation of leaning forward into the wrists may feel uncomfortable unless you have good wrist mobility.

Your body will adapt to handstanding the more you practise it. 

Additional stretching exercises will help increase the shoulder mobility and make all Handstands easier. acrolibrary.com/easyflexibility

Additional gymnastic conditioning such as GMB will help overall movement ability acrolibrary.com/gmb

A free 20 minute handstand tutorial is available from the homepage acrolibrary.com

Resistance bands, parallettes and other bodyweight fitness equipment can be found at Rubber Banditz acrolibrary.com/rubberbanditz

Ben Lowrey Handstand Classes (Bristol U.K.) + national workshops can be found here acrolibrary.com/class


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