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Mastering the Half Handstand

15 December 2023 Mia Molinari

The Half Handstand is a beginner gymnastics pose that is a stepping stone for the Full Handstand. In this guide, we will break it down into easy steps. So, get ready to strengthen your upper body and engage your core. And who knows, maybe you’ll even be able to do a Full Handstand at the end of it…

Step 1: Warm-up

Start by warming up your body. Do some stretches for your shoulders, arms, tummy, and hips. Move around a lot to get your muscles awake!

Step 2: Hand Placement

Put your hands on the floor, not too far apart. Your hands should be right under your shoulders. This is super important for balance and making sure your wrists are strong.

Step 3: “Walk the Wall”

Now, turn away from the wall and lift one foot up. Gently put it on the wall, and let the other foot follow. The wall is there to help you balance. Move slowly and with control.

Step 4: Alignment

Make sure your shoulders are right over your wrists. Your tummy should be strong and straight like a board from your head to your toes. This helps you stay steady and keeps your wrists comfy.

Step 5: Leg Positioning

Try different ways to put your legs. Maybe start with both knees bent, and as you get better, you can straighten them. Some people even like to lift one leg up for a challenge!

Step 6: Hold and Repeat

Begin with short holds, then try to hold a bit longer each time. Take breaks so you don’t get too tired. Practise a lot, and you’ll get stronger and better!

Step 7: Exit Safely

When you’re done, lower one leg at a time with control. This is like saying bye to your cool handstand. It’s not just safe, but it makes your muscles even stronger. Take a break, and then you can try again!

The Half Handstand is a very special gymnastics skill that demands strength, balance, and focus. By following these steps and practising regularly, you will develop the necessary skills to master this and a Full Handstand. Interested in learning more? Book a trial class.