While good technique is important, you simply need a certain amount of strength to perform a strict handstand push-up. Luckily, there are all kinds of ways to build that strength.
Laurie Galassi of CrossFit Santa Cruz shows several in this video, including a piked handstand push-up. The next step involves a handstand and partial range-of-motion reps to a pile of AbMats. Galassi reduces the number of reps in each set as she reduces the height of the pile.
As the reps get tougher, it’s key to “really hold those ribs in,” Galassi notes.
After you reach a point where only 1 rep is possible, Galassi recommends reversing the process and building the pile back up to accumulate some volume.
Video by Hollis Molloy.
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Additional reading: Volume Training for Goats by Brian Wilson, published Feb. 14, 2011.