Join CrossFit gymnastics coach Jeff Tucker as he takes elite athletes through handstand push-up progressions at the Again Faster Summit held at CrossFit New England.
Tucker distinguishes between two types of handstand push-ups depending upon the hand position. Tucker says that the movement using the hands out in front to create a tripod with the head is called a “headstand push-up.” When you keep the hands in line with the head, the movement is called a “handstand push-up.” While the tripod position develops stability and balance, novices rarely have the strength to press out of it into a handstand. For this reason, Tucker says he starts his athletes in a handstand and works the negative down into the tripod.
The emphasis on technique and developing strength will also serve as a buffer to form degradation during demanding workouts like Diane.
Tucker gets the athletes up against the wall to work on their handstand and headstand push-up technique. He drills them on forward-facing and wall-facing handstand push-ups, working toward a free-standing handstand push-up.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: Volume Training for “Goats” by Brian Wilson, published Feb. 14, 2011.