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Learn how to do a handstand in 5 steps (Beginners)

Learn how to do a handstand in 5 steps (Beginners)

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Do you want to learn how to do a handstand? You don't have to be a trained gymnast, a circus professional or a yogi to do it. Follow these easy steps demonstrated by PumpUp member @randy_dizon  and you will be on your way to accomplishing a handstand in your very own home! All you need is a chair or stool, a wall and a lot of floor space.

Step 1: Warm up your wrists

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Make sure to take your time and really stretch out your wrists in all directions. Not only will this help to prevent any injuries, but you will also be strengthening your wrists at the same time.

Step 2: Push-ups

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Strong pushups will help you gain the upper body strength to hold yourself upside down. Pike push-ups are a more advanced variation that will help you to gain much more upper body strength.

Step 3: Chair-supported handstands

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Using the chair try to stack your hips on top of your shoulders, once you feel comfortable with that slowly lift one leg up to the sky straight up and then once your comfortable slowing bring the other leg up.

Step 4:Wall-supported handstands

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Go back and forth between this step and Step 3. Using the wall, face the wall in a handstand. Make sure to keep your body completely straight, staying just an inch away from the wall. The only part of your body that should be touching the wall is your toes to maintain balance. It's scary, so you need to trust in yourself and use your fingers to stay balanced.

Step 5: Unassisted Handstands

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Master each step before moving on to this last stage. The most important aspect of your training is repetition! The more you practice, the better your handstands will get. Learning how to do a handstand takes time. By following these steps, you'll be well on your way to perfecting your handstand.

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For more tips and cool videos follow PumpUp's professional calisthenics athlete @randy_dizon for more fun workouts!

Creative lunge variations you never thought about, but should try - #ChallengeMe Day 5

Creative lunge variations you never thought about, but should try - #ChallengeMe Day 5

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You'll often hear that one does not simply walk after leg day in a foreboding and ominous tone. Leg day inspires abundant amounts of sarcastic e-cards, fitness memes, and it makes you cry if you're commuting to work by foot the next day. A tried-and-true staple of great a leg workout is the lunge. It is, in its most basic form, a stationary bodyweight exercise that strengthens several muscle groups at once and elevates your heart rate at the same time.

How lunges help you

Deep lunges primarily work your glutes and your hamstrings, whereas shallower lunges will really target the quadriceps in your thighs. Because lunges exert more pressure on one leg, other muscle groups come into play as your calves, your core, and your back work overtime to stabilize your body. If you're training for a big race, lunges will help you to run harder, better, faster, stronger by challenging your balance, strength, and range of motion.

How to perform a legit lunge

Maintain proper form to get the full benefits from lunges and to minimize exercise-related injuries. Step forward with one leg and create a 90 degree angle with both knees. The front knee should be in line with your front ankle and it shouldn't extend past your feet (think the corner of a square rather than the corner of a rhombus). Push your front leg off the ground and step your feet back together in a standing position, leading the movement with your other leg.

Creative lunge variations that you can try today

Once you've mastered the basic front lunge, back lunge, and side lunge, you're ready to move on to weighted lunges and plyometric lunges. These 5 creative lunge variations will make you enjoy leg day a lot more than you used to. Have fun walking up a flight of stairs the next day!

Plyometric jumping lunges with a squat

Begin in a standing position. Extend your front foot and bend your knees to form a straight line with your ankles, lowering your body down into a front lunge. Jump vertically, switching your front foot and your back foot so that you come into a lunge on the other side. Land softly as you do so. Next, jump your feet to your sides and lower down into a squat. Perform the complete movement with a jumping lunge for each leg, then squat in between.

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Back lunges with a raised arm extension, dumbbell sumo squats.

Step one foot back and lower your body down into a back lunge, raising your opposite arm overhead as you do so. Carry a light weight in your raised hand for an extra challenge. When you're coming out of the lunge, step your foot to the side of your body and create a wide-legged stance. Lower down into a squat immediately, bringing the weight between your legs.

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Lunges with water-filled bars. A stability exercise.

If you have a water-filled bar handy, this will help you to improve the balance and strength of your front lunge. The dynamic motion of the water adds a greater challenge than a solid metal weight would.

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Lunges with knee-ups

Step one foot back and lower your body down into a back lunge. Push your back knee up and off the ground, pressing it to your body before you step it back into a lunge position again. Do this with weights to intensify your workout. Perform this exercise on a smith machine like PumpUp member @tinytinne demonstrates below if you'd like to add more weight.

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Weighted overhead lunges

Get creative with these and make sure you don't arch your back. If you're tired of regular weighted lunges, bring the weights overhead to give a bonus burn to your core, shoulders, and traps. No weights? Make sure you have a firm grip of whatever (reasonably dense and heavy) object you have on hand: textbooks, camping bags, or dictionaries!

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Loved these creative lunge variations? A great general rule of thumb is to do 3 sets of 12 lunges per leg. Earn 30 points for every set of 12 lunges if you're participating in our June #ChallengeMe series! Let us know which creative lunge variations you liked best in the comments below!

2 ways to improve your balance and distance in other exercises

2 ways to improve your balance and distance in other exercises

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Pistol squats

Known in other realms as the one-legged squat, the pistol squat is an exercise that requires quite a bit of patience and practice to perfect. There are more functional benefits for practicing pistol squats beyond the obvious realization that they look a lot cooler than most classical bodyweight exercises.  You'll improve your overall strength, stability, and balance as you learn how to support your bodyweight on one leg while controlling your squat's full range of motion. If you can't quite perform pistol squats just yet, start with various progressions:

  • Learn how to do several consecutive repetitions of full two-legged body weight squats
  • Move on to performing assisted pistol squats: either with the help of a bench or a stable standing object

Reach your arms out parallel to the floor in front of your body. Raise one leg, flex your foot, and slowly lower down into a one legged squat. Maintain the position for about a second, then return to start position.

Pistol squats and distance jumps: two moves to improve your balance and distance

Distance jumps

Take your pistol squats and your distance training to the next level with some plyometrics. Distance jumps are incredibly effective exercises for improving your leg's explosion power in other workouts. Not only will these jumps help you to improve your sprint speed, it'll also train your legs to keep from tiring out during a long-distance race.

Begin with your legs hip-distance apart. Bend your knees lightly and explode your body forward as far as you can, being sure to land on both feet softly. When you land, drop your body into a full squat to soften the impact. Follow each repetition with a pistol squat.

The best thing about this workout by PumpUp member @emjoy88 is that it doesn't require any additional equipment or even a gym membership. You can practice this fuss-free balance and distance training workout in the comfort of your backyard.