Handbalancing: Incredible Feats of Strength
By Adam Sinicki
I've always found that standing on my feet was boring and done to death. So for years now I've been using handstands, v-sits and the like in order to train, and at the same time marvelled at the acts I saw (normally on Holiday) of guys and girls who could slowly manoeuvre between these two positions and many others such as those listed below. If you check out the video on this page you'll see just what incredible mastery of your body it displays. More to the point though, it also requires a fantastic physique including a light frame with incredibly powerful pecs, shoulders, lats, triceps, abs, traps, forearms and obliques (and others for specific moves). As such it's an incredible workout and learning the various moves and practicing them regularly is a sure fire way to build an awesome musculature (obviously you will need to have some power in your arms to begin with).
While I've been doing this for years, it's only just recently that I discovered it was a thing that other people do. I wasn't alone and I wasn't a freak! Well I wasn't alone at least... But now, armed with the knowledge collected by fellow upside down people, I have begun learning hand balancing proper. And so can you, just check out the descriptions of the moves below - practice them, learn them and train for them - and then you'll be able to show off and impress everyone and develop an incredibly powerful and ripped physique.
Handstand - If you don't know what this is you need help. Apparently the arch in the back is optional if you're a beginner and a good way to work up to a completely straight back. At the moment my back is straight but at a sort of angle...
Frog Stand - This is the easiest and most basic hand balancing move and can be used to learn all of the others. Essentially it involves 'squatting' on your hands with your knees resting on your elbows. It's great to practice balance and you can use it to extend into other moves.
The Tiger Stand - A handstand but on your forearms. On it's own not impressive really, but it's transitioning between these positions that's impressive and hard.
One Handed Handstand - One I'm still working on. Here you gradually take the weight off of one hand and balance yourself on just one by re-centring your gravity.
Walking On Your Hands - This is actually easier than standing in just one position as you can use the momentum of falling then 'catch' yourself by putting the next hand forwards.
V-Sit - Here you balance on your hands with your legs up directly in front of your face. Bruce Lee used to do this for ages. Now you can transition into the handstand.
Handstand Push Up - Here you do press ups on your hands - a nice showy offy move and also an incredible workout for the deltoids.
Planche - Here the body is completely horizontal to the ground with arms straight. Not like your usual wussy planche - in this one your feet don't touch the floor.
Tuck Planche - Hands on the floor and knees tucked up to the chest between them. From here you can then extend into normal planche. A great way to learn the move.
Elbow Lever - Another easier version of planche where your elbows support your lower body.
L-Sit - A version of the 'V-sit' that looks more like an L with your legs coming out directly forwards.
Press - This is the name of the transition period where you move into the handstand.
Back Extension - A backwards rolly-polly into a handstand.
Hollow Back/Rock Up - Moves where you go into a handstand from lying on your chest. In the latter you can use some momentum to 'rock' yourself up into the move.
Headstand - No not the one you're used to - here you're just on your head.
Japanese Handstand - Here you create an X by having your hands and legs wide apart.
Some professional handbalancing:
Some very unprofessional handbalancing: