Wall Handstands and Why Beginners Need Them

Kyle Weiger
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A handstand is a challenging and impressive gymnastic feat that requires strength, balance, and control.

One of the best ways for beginners to practice and improve your handstand skills is to use a wall for support. Here are some tips on to best work on your wall handstands:

  1. Find a suitable wall: Look for a wall that is smooth, flat, and sturdy, and make sure there is enough space around it for you to move and stretch your arms and legs. Avoid walls with protruding objects or rough surfaces that could cause injury.
  2. Warm up your muscles: Before attempting a wall handstand, it’s important to warm up your muscles to prevent injury. Do some light stretches and bodyweight exercises, such as push-ups and squats, to get your body ready for the handstand.
  3. Place your hands on the ground: Position your hands about a foot away from the wall, with your fingers facing towards the wall. Place your palms on the ground and distribute your weight evenly across your hands and fingers.
  4. Kick up to the wall: In one swift motion, kick your legs up and over your head, using the momentum to push your body towards the wall. As you kick up, try to keep your body as straight and vertical as possible.
  5. Adjust your position: Once you are in the handstand position, use small adjustments to your hands, arms, and legs to find your balance. If you feel like you are falling over, try to push your body back towards the wall to regain your balance.
  6. Practice and progress: As you get more comfortable in your wall handstands, you can gradually move your hands further away from the wall and try to hold the handstand for longer periods of time. With practice, you will eventually be able to do a handstand without the support of the wall.

Remember, it’s important to listen to your body and take breaks as needed.

Wall handstands can be physically demanding, so be sure to practice safely and never push yourself beyond your limits.

With patience and dedication, you can master the art of the wall handstand and eventually take your skill off the wall for freestanding balance.

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