Handstand Lifts..Three Years In The Making

This week was a big one for me. In the middle of finishing off my running goals and still smashing my strength workouts I did something I have been trying to do for years. Yes, you read that right, years.

I lifted into a handstand.

Seriously, watch that again. Do it now.

I didn’t swing, I didn’t kick, I didn’t raise one leg and then the other. I did a handstand deadlift (I have a strong urge to scream EFF YEA right now!

This has been a nemesis of mine for a very long time. Why? Because it’s hard as hell but looks badass.

In the past few years I have had multiple coaching sessions on how to lift into handstands (they have all been helpful!). I have practiced kicking, one leg lifts, controlled lowers and simply holding handstands.

This is a video from as early back as January of my practicing control within my handstand:

It’s worth it to note that I have been able to lift into a headstand (freestanding so with no wall) for about two years). But handstands… have been a whole other thing.

After seeing a video the other day of someone’s handstand progress (I can’t remember who.. sorry!) I decided to throw them into my practice Tuesday morning to get my torso and upper body nice and warm (don’t worry, I had already warmed up my shoulders and wrists!). On the second attempt I did it. Just like that.

Then, I think I jumped up and down like a crazy fist pumping women, but I digress…

So what changed? Why do I suddenly have this new super power?

Well, to be honest lots has changed. But the biggest thing has been my style of workouts. I’ve always lifted but this year I changed my training to emphasize strength.. serious strength.

Yup.. I love weight!

Yup.. I love weight!

This has come with a host of benefits, the first being I only lift three times a week and the biggest being I have developed super powers!

Okay maybe not super powers but it feels that way! My overall strength has improved immensely due to my new workout regimen and I have been able to check off a lot of big goals.

Plus, my body responds spectacularly to a combo of strength & pole so while I shifted my focus from purely aesthetic-type training I feel I look better than my pre-pregnancy focus.

I am sparing you the time of looking at a selfie of me right now!

And so here I am, one major life goal down a feeling pretty on top of the world. For those of you just starting your handstand journey here are a few tips for you:

Basic Handstand Necessities
Learn how to properly do handstands (seriously, your hand placement and shoulder activation is huge)

Make sure your wrists have enough flexibility (you will injure them if this is not a focus)

Practice holding proper positions in handstands against a wall (just holding the handstand and feeling your muscles work is a great place to start)

Practice slowly lowering

Seek help when necessary: it never hurts to have a coach!

Lastly… be patient! Goals like this don’t happen every day. Did you not read the opening part of this blog it took me years to achieve this. There are lots of ways to practice handstands and what works for one person may not work for another. But keep at it, stay strong and remember to enjoy the practices not just the outcome!

And lastly.. Wahoo!!! I still can’t believe it ๐Ÿ˜€