“This is really an advanced movement,” Jeff Tucker says of the ring handstand push-up. “Flexibility is going to be a big key here.”
Join the CrossFit Gymnastics coach as he takes elite athletes through ring handstand push-up progressions at the Again Faster Summit held at CrossFit New England. In Straddle Handstands, Tucker guided the athletes through wall-assisted, free-standing and ring work. In this video, Tucker explains the mechanics of the hand and head position for the ring handstand push-up, emphasizing midline stability or the “hollow contraction.”
“What you want to have is that shoulder right over those rings,” Tucker says. “And I want you to try to think about your feet, your knees, your hips, your shoulders and your hands in that same vertical line.”
Tucker says it is important to train “strength and form first before you go for time in these.” He suggests initiating the movement from the pressed, locked-out position.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: Volume Training for “Goats” by Brian Wilson, published Feb. 14, 2011.