Developing the Handstand

By Jeff Tucker, Sean Lind and Julie Maurer

In HD Videos

December 24, 2012

Video Article

Arriving at the handstand position against a wall should be methodical. Avoid trying to put a hole in the wall with your feet, gymnastics guru Jeff Tucker advises at this CrossFit Gymnastics Advanced Trainer Course.

The kick up should be controlled, he says as he knocks on the wall: “Don’t go through it.”

The movement begins with a lunge followed by a slow and controlled kick up. The shoulders then open, allowing the hips to lean toward the wall and then the feet to follow.

“Open shoulders, stretch your armpits—head neutral,” says instructor Sean Lind.

To help those with immobile or tight shoulders, Tucker recommends bridges.

“It doesn’t matter if you look like a horseshoe or if you look like a rainbow,” he says. “That’s just opening it up and taking it in baby steps.”

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6min 24sec

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Additional reading: Getting Inverted by Jeff Tucker and Dusty Hyland, published Sept. 30, 2011.

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