Beginner Handstand Challenge: Week 3

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We’re more than halfway through our Beginner Handstand Challenge!

This week we’re focusing on the next step in the handstand journey: handstand wall scissors.

One of the hardest parts of learning to do a handstand is getting over the fear of falling over and learning to balance in a handstand.

When the wall is there to support you, you can build up your strength and confidence being upside-down.

But when the wall is no longer there…

…it’s SO easy to lose confidence and forget all the skills you’ve gained until now.

You’ve built the strength.

You’ve put in the time.

You CAN take this next step.

Don’t give up now!

Follow along with the 12 Minute Athlete community by posting pictures of your progress on our Facebook group, and tag us at @12minuteathlete and #12MAhandstands.

Remember, one lucky challenge participant will win a copy of my NEW book!

Beginner Handstand Challenge Week 3: Wall Scissors

Build confidence and begin to hold your balance without the wall to help you this week. Watch the video below to get the details on wall scissors, and aim to add it to your training three to five times this week.

Note: Before working these handstand wall scissors, you should comfortably be able to hold a handstand against a wall for 30-60 seconds.

Handstand Wall Scissors

Why do them:

  • Helps you feel the correct stack of your hips, shoulders, and wrists
  • Helps you feel the balance in your fingertips necessary for a freestanding handstand
  • Safe way to start working without the wall

Key points:

  • Think about keeping your hips stacked over your shoulders and wrists
  • Slowly scissor your legs back and forth from the wall, trying to find a little balance whenever possible
  • Use your fingertips to make small adjustments to keep your balance
  • The slower you go, the better
  • If you fall, just cartwheel out

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