Today we teach you how to do a handstand!

A handstand is likely one of the coolest workouts ever, but it surely’s additionally probably the most superior strikes to be taught.

Fortuitously, you’ve come to the correct place.

At present you begin your journey to the Upside-Down!

We'll start your journey to the Upside-Down with Handstands today!

Ah, not that Upside-Down…we’ll maintain you on this dimension.

We’ve helped lots of our teaching purchasers obtain their first handstand and right now we’ll share with you the way it’s executed with this information!

We’ll deal with it like a online game, progressing you from full noob to Degree 6: Handstand Grasp. 

We’ll go over the next (click on to flip to that part):

The tutorials forward are from our premium course Nerd Health: Handstands, which you acquire entry to beneath a Nerd Health Prime membership. I’d encourage you to take a look at when you like what you see right here.

Alright, brace your self to get flipped-turned the other way up.

Are Handstands Good for You? (3 Causes Why Handstands Rule)

Jim pretending like he's Luke doing a handstand.

At Nerd Health we LOVE handstands like Eleven loves waffles.

Eleven is determined to start doing handstands. But she needs to get her grub on first.

Listed here are 3 the reason why handstands rule:

#1) Like different body weight coaching, there’s no excuse. When you’ve got room to face up, you’ve gotten room to apply handstands.

#2) It recruits DOZENS of muscle mass in your physique.

From arm power to wrist mobility to core power to shoulder mobility and muscular endurance, handstands do all of it.

Rebel Leader Steve showing you how to kick up to a handstand.

When you’re attempting to stability, it makes your physique work as one full unit.

#3) It scares you – sure, that’s a constructive. We develop outdoors our consolation zone and for many individuals, simply the considered a handstand is sufficient to make their palms sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy, vomi…

Whether you have to perform in a rap battle or do a handstand, confidence is key.


The purpose is that the handstand is simply as a lot of a psychological problem as it’s a bodily one.

How scared do you assume this man will get frequently?

Whatever you do, don't try a handstand like this your first time. Or maybe ever...

That’s Coach Jim!

Grasp of the NF Health Universe, and our lead coach for our Handstands Course and Nerd Health Teaching. You’ll be seeing a whole lot of him in right now’s article as a result of Jim can do handstands in his sleep.[1]

The Secret to Performing a Handstand

The hardest thing about handstands is actually the mental component.

Certain, we have to construct power to assist ourselves upside-down, however even that hurdle is overblown.

A correct handstand truly begins to really feel straightforward. 

That’s as a result of when you’re balanced and aligned, it turns into uber-efficient. Simply as you don’t exert your self a lot when you stand straight with good posture, a great environment friendly handstand is similar approach… it can quickly begin to really feel easy.

Truly, the most important hurdle to beat – particularly originally – is the psychological worry.

Don't be scared of handstands. It's not like anything spooky from ST.

The voice/feeling at the back of your head that claims “you may get harm doing this!” SCARY!

And I received’t sugar-coat issues, you CAN harm your self engaged on these expertise… but it surely’s no completely different than when you walked into the gymnasium first day, slapped 315 lbs on the bench press, and gave it a go.

Or went out and tried to run 13 miles with out coaching.

The train itself isn’t harmful, until you try TOO a lot, too shortly.

For those who wouldn’t load up a bar to deadlift 500 lbs in your first day within the gymnasium, why accomplish that many individuals simply kick and fling themselves up right into a handstand, failing repeatedly, hoping sooner or later they’ll “get” it?


Don't try to do a handstand your first day practicing! Work up and progress as directed by this guide.

There’s a better approach!

How will we overcome this worry and maintain ourselves protected? Identical to studying any different health talent: gradual, straightforward, profitable steps!

These small victories accumulate over time to carry us to our objectives safely whereas having a whole lot of enjoyable.

Are you able to be taught?

I'm glad Jack here wants to do handstands. But maybe he could be more chill about it.

Candy, we’ve acquired you coated. Learn on for tactics to securely progress to handstand mastery!

Handstand Development Heat-Up Routine

Folks from all over the NF Rebellion do handstands!

For any handstand train, there may be going to be a major quantity of stress on the arms and wrists. So, it’s essential you stretch and heat issues up.

Here’s a video from our NF Handstands course going over a few of our favourite wrist stretches to arrange to get upside-down. Undergo every stretch about 10 occasions.

Let’s highlight a couple of of those Handstand Heat-Up workouts:

#1) Ahead and Again Wrist Stretch:

Rocking can help gain wrist strength, critical for doing handstands.

#2) Lifted Palms Wrist Stretch:

Simply lift your palm off the ground for this stretch.

#3) Reverse Palm Stretch:

Reverse your palms like so for this handstand stretch.

#4) Backhand Palm Stretch:

Do this stretch with your backhand facing the ground.

#5) Upside Down Wrist Stretch:

Another stretch for your handstand progression.

The trick with wrist stretches is to maneuver in as many various methods as feels snug. Be at liberty to make the warm-up your personal!

The shoulders are one other burdened space within the handstand. There are a number of methods we are able to put together them for work

A number of rounds of leaping jacks:

Jumping Jacks are a great cardiovascular bodyweight exercise

Or arm circles

Arm circles are a great way to warm-up for your handstand!

That may get the blood transferring and the realm prepared.

From right here, we’ll start our journey leveling up your Handstand Development.

We’ll begin by having you’re employed with some stability drills and a few positional drills.

Nothing too loopy, and in reality a few of these may appear TOO EASY. That’s superb! That’s what we wish, keep in mind?

We’re utilizing small victories to inspire us. Touchdown in your head shouldn’t be an effective way to inspire anybody.

Don't progress so quickly that you hurt yourself in a handstand.


Need somebody to construct you a customized made development plan for doing all your handstand? Our 1-on-1 On-line Teaching Program will do exactly that, plus your coach can assessment your actions by our app so that you’ll know your coaching accurately and safely.

Degree 1 Handstand Development: Quadruped Rocking

You could be pondering that feeling the stability of a handstand goes to be brutally troublesome.

Not so!

We are able to begin fairly simply on our arms and knees within the quadruped place.

Steve showing you how to do quadruped rocking, a great workout for doing a handstand.

From right here, we are going to merely rock forwards and backwards on our arms.

Appear acquainted?

For those who did the wrist mobility we described above, it’s the identical movement!

Rocking can help gain wrist strength, critical for doing handstands.

Isn’t that helpful?[2]

As you’re rocking backwards and forwards, really feel the place the load rests in your arms.

  • If you rock again, it sits extra within the heel of your arms. 
  • If you rock ahead, you’ll really feel it in your knuckles and fingertips.

The place do we wish it within the handstand?

Proper across the knuckles.

It is a balanced spot – much like the stability you discover when standing. You don’t sit all of your weight in your heels, and also you don’t lean all of your weight ahead, gripping your toes onerous into the bottom, do you?

Discover and really feel that stability whenever you rock.

When do you have to transfer on to Degree 2 Handstand Development? 

Now would work!

Degree 2 Handstand Development: Hole Physique

The hole physique is likely one of the finest methods to have interaction the midsection and stabilize the physique. It can assist to provide your handstand a fine condition.

The hollow body is a great exercise to practice doing a handstand.

Do you should grasp the hole physique to grasp the handstand?

Not essentially, as there are many handstands on the market which are a bit banana-shaped.

The one and only Jim doing a banana shaped handstand

However the hole physique will make it easier to create a extra environment friendly place.

#1) Begin by laying down a yoga or train mat on the bottom and laying on the bottom face up.

Start by lying on your back like so.

#2) Take into consideration urgent your decrease again down into the bottom and interesting your midsection such as you’re coughing. It is best to nonetheless have the ability to breath!

#3) As soon as the midsection is ready, tuck your knees to your chest and maintain your shins such as you’re preparing for a depraved cannonball.

Grab your legs like you are doing a cannonball.

#4) Holding the shins will make it easier to keep that decrease again and midsection place.

Nonetheless feeling good? 

Then attempt rocking!

Try rocking your hollow body once you get comfortable.

  • Rock your physique ahead and again barely from the higher again to the decrease again, like a rocking chair. 
  • Head and toes keep off the bottom. 
  • In case you are steady then you need to transfer as one unit.

For those who want extra of a problem, attain your arms by your ears, maintain the knees tucked, and rock some extra.

Extending your arms will up the difficulty of this handstand workout.

With out the arms holding the shins, the midsection actually has to maintain engaged in an effort to provide you with a easy rock.

With any of those positions, work to rock for a full 15 seconds beneath management. 

As soon as you are able to do so with arms prolonged, progress as much as Degree 3.

Degree 3 Handstand Development: Crow Pose

To enter Crow Pose, transfer ahead from the Quadruped Rock place in order that your knees are on the surface of your arms. You possibly can even bend the elbows a bit and relaxation your legs on them.

The crow pose can help with wrest strength for doing hand stands.

Rock ahead in the identical method as earlier than, placing a bit extra weight on the arms and rather less weight on the toes.

Start by barely lifting your feet off the ground for crow pose.

Vital: this isn’t Murderer’s Creed… We don’t make a leap of religion right here!

Don't make this crazy of an attempt when doing your crow pose. Start easy.

Don’t leap!!! 

We’re merely searching for much less and fewer weight on the toes.

Take issues gradual and straightforward – rising up on the toes when you possibly can. When you’re prepared to select the toes up and maintain your self off the bottom on simply your arms, it ought to come naturally.

The lift in crow pose will help you gain strength for a handstand.

Make sure to seize into the bottom onerous to carry and management your self, and be happy to place down a pile of pillows or mats in entrance of you when you ought to fall!

When you’re in a position to get each toes off the bottom comfortably and safely, it’s time for Degree 4 Handstand Development.

If you end up caught on the crow place or every other stage, we’re right here to assist! 

Our coaches can assessment your development and kind that will help you advance onto the subsequent stage!

Degree 4 Handstand Development: Wall Stroll

On this stage, we’ll get began working towards one thing that really seems like a handstand!

The wall walk will help you build strength for a handstand. Be careful here.

All we’re attempting to do with this train is assist our body weight on our straightened arms (similar to the entrance plank or push-up).

You'll start a wall walk by first getting comfortable in a plank position.

So, the primary stage of this train is to easily get your self up into the highest of a push-up and maintain. If that’s too onerous, put your arms up on an elevated floor and/or relaxation in your knees and arms as an alternative.

As soon as that is mastered, stage up by merely lifting your hips within the air right into a down canine place!

Before getting on the wall for our handstand, we'll do a downward dog.

From right here, it’ll be a matter of getting your toes onto the next and better floor.

Notice: placing your toes up one thing even a couple of inches off the ground counts – small steps!

You should utilize one thing so simple as bumper plates:

Bumper plates can help you raise your feet for handstand prep.

As you progress, add extra bumper plates (or no matter you’re utilizing) so your toes are increased and better.

As soon as you’re supporting your self along with your toes on a excessive field, attempt strolling your toes up the wall. (Consider it like a very tall field!)

Steve doing a wall walk as part of his handstand progression workout.

Watch out at this step: Make certain you’ve gotten sufficient power to stroll again down safely and second, that you simply don’t stroll too near the wall and danger flipping onto your again!

See the subsequent part on pirouettes to securely exit these wall walks when you occur to “go over!”

With every of those variations, we’re seeking to construct as much as a strong 15 seconds beneath management earlier than transferring ahead.

When you’re on the level of mendacity vertically in opposition to the wall, you’re in your option to leveling as much as a full handstand! 

However first, we have to discuss the best way to bail safely.

Degree 5 Handstand Development: The way to Bail out of a Handstand

As you begin to get higher with Wall Walks, and also you apply getting nearer and nearer to fully vertical whereas the other way up, there’s going to be situations the place you begin to “tip over.”

In an effort to safely return your toes to the bottom, you’re going to wish to do what we name a pirouette:

It's very critical you practice this bail as you progress in your handstand work.

The way to bail out of a handstand:

  • Get right into a wall handstand.
  • Shift your weight to 1 arm (the planted arm), permitting the opposite arm to maneuver.
  • Drive one leg into the wall (the one which’s on the identical aspect because the planted arm), and lean the alternative leg ahead.
  • Gravity pulls you round, and allows you to decrease your toes to the ground safely.

Steve showing you the "pirouette" so you can bail out of your handstand safely.

This is likely one of the most essential expertise you possibly can be taught as you develop your handstand apply, as it can will let you safely exit any handstand with none danger of damage as you develop your stability!

As soon as you are feeling snug bailing out of a handstand, my expensive insurgent, it’s time for Degree 6!

Degree 6 Handstand Development: The way to Do a Handstand

We are actually prepared so that you can attempt a handstand!

It’s going to return all the way down to you slowly however absolutely leaving the security of the wall.

First, simply attempt to take one leg off the wall throughout your wall stroll:

Lifting one leg during a wall walk is how we'll start our full handstand.

If you’re snug taking one leg off, attempting switching them!

Once one leg feels comfortable, the trick will be switching legs like so!

The target is now could be to change your legs in a gradual, easy method – one lifts off the wall whereas the opposite concurrently strikes again to the wall. 

When you get snug with this, it’s time to take each legs off the wall!

When you have both legs off the wall, you are doing a handstand! Woot!

BOOM! Your first handstand!

Are you doing it proper?

A great way to inform could be to file your handstand apply and assessment it in opposition to the movies right here to verify your kind.

Wish to have an professional assessment your kind? Take a look at our 1-on-1 On-line Teaching Program! Our spiffy cellular app helps you to ship a video of your handstand on to your coach, who will present suggestions so you possibly can good your method.

They’ll additionally construct a exercise program that’s customized to your state of affairs, which can have you doing handstands like Luke Skywalker very quickly!

4 Ideas and Tips for Doing Handstands

It's now time to share with you some handstand tips and tricks.

Nothing beats endurance and onerous work, however there are a couple of suggestions and tips we are able to present that can permit you the perfect probability for fulfillment.

#1) Be sure you undergo a correct warm-up: We’ve given you many choices for the wrists and shoulders. Not solely will a warm-up assist forestall damage, however it can get the muscle mass and joints correctly ready to get essentially the most out of your coaching.

#2) Prioritize Your Handstand: You possibly can work the talent by itself time, and it received’t intervene or be interfered by the rest, however what when you’re doing different workouts throughout your exercise?

When do you do your handstand? If you’re coaching in a swamp?

Luke rocks one arm handstand, but he also has the force. And yoda.

One of the best time to work the balancing drills (like your wall stroll) is originally of your exercise, after you’ve warmed up.

These expertise require focus and a recent focus to essentially profit and progress with them.

Making an attempt to stability after you’ve exhausted your self with a tricky cardio session is an train in futility (pun supposed).

One of the best time to work the positional drills (like your quadruped rock) could be someday throughout your power session, and earlier than your cardio.

These drills are usually not as depending on fully recent muscle mass, however we nonetheless don’t wish to try to maintain ourselves upside-down after a grueling exercise.

#3) Don’t do an excessive amount of, too quickly.

We’ve talked about this one million occasions as a result of it’s so essential. Taking up an excessive amount of too quickly is a option to develop unhealthy habits and probably injure your self.

Don't go too quickly or you may end of bashing your head against the wall.

Ouch once more.

Take your time! Get pleasure from and actually grasp every step!

#4) Take it Straightforward: In the identical vein, we wish to search for success.

What do I normally see when folks apply handstands: Somebody kicking up 100 occasions and kinda getting a handstand a couple of times.

How a lot sense does that make?

Whereas we would not be batting 1,000 with all our makes an attempt, however we needs to be seeking to efficiently full round 8 out of 10 makes an attempt. If we’re not? Then we would have taken on an excessive amount of, too quickly!

Let’s wrap up this information and provide you with some subsequent steps to your handstand apply.

The 5-Minute Rule: Observe Handstands Each Day and Be Amazed at What Occurs

Now you know how to progress into a full handstand!!!

Commit to five minutes a day. That’s it. However do it on daily basis.

I’ll see lots of people go all-in for a single handstand session, after which not contact the talent for per week or extra.

Dan Gable as soon as mentioned”

“If it’s essential, do it on daily basis.”

Now, this can be a simplification, however with handstands, that is ESPECIALLY essential.

If you first begin out, your arms and shoulder could solely have the ability to do 5 minutes earlier than they’re DONE.

Doing them for a short while every day is the perfect technique to enhance power, endurance, and stability.

Wayne is stoked that he learned to do a handstand today!

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Nerd Health Prime incorporates at-home train routines, live-streamed exercises with NF Coaches, a supportive on-line neighborhood, and group challenges.

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Alright, your flip:

Have you ever ever tried to kick up right into a handstand?

What’s the one factor holding you again?

What questions can I reply?


PS: At some point I’ll have the ability to sort articles like this whereas doing a handstand. 

Jim, our lead coach for Nerd Health Teaching, makes it look really easy:

Jim really does make handstands look so easy.


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