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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

Learn how to do a handstand in 4 steps (for beginners) | Warm up wrists gif // the PumpUp Blog

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

Learn how to do a handstand in 4 steps (for beginners) | Push up gif // the PumpUp Blog

Learn how to do a handstand in 4 steps (for beginners) | Pike Pushups gif // the PumpUp Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Learn how to do a handstand in 4 steps (for beginners) |Chair balance gif // the PumpUp Blog

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

Learn how to do a handstand in 4 steps (for beginners) | Wall Handstand gif // the PumpUp Blog

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

Learn how to do a handstand in 4 steps (for beginners) | Handstand gif // the PumpUp Blog

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.

Learn how to do a handstand in 5 steps (for beginners) // the PumpUp Blog

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

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Who do YOU admire?

PumpUp member rfitdiary’s core strength makes us positively starry eyed on Woman Crush Wednesday. She’s also mastering the handstand!

She says, "I only lift heavy weights and do long runs but heyy—handstands and generally my core muscles and balance are great." Love it!

Handstands make your muscles insanely strong, working everything from your core to your upperbody. They’ll also relieve pressure from your legs and back and give you an extra metabolism boost.

Can’t do a handstand yet? Afraid of your face getting too friendly with the floor if you fall down? Build up to one gradually by starting against the wall and practicing every day. Yoga moves like crow pose have also been known to help beginners transcend their fear of handstands. Inverted poses will gradually ease you into becoming a handstand warrior just like rfitdiary over here.

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Do you want to tone a specific part of your body, get more fit overall, eat better, run a 5k, or maybe something totally not fitness related like travel somewhere or try something new! Think of your summer goals, and make them happen! S/O to PumpUp Member megabig for this sweet photo!