Why your Handstand Pushups are Shit

  1. You don’t practice enough – How frequently do you attack your weaknesses? Do it often so they become strengths. 3x a week minimum.
  2. Practice hollow holds more – Learning what “hollow” means and maintaining it throughout the handstand is paramount to developing fluidity in the movement.
  3. Your hands are too wide –  with the new CrossFit standard, it’s more important than ever to keep your hands narrow. Get your hands as close to your shoulder width as possible.
  4. Hypermobility in the lumbar and/or thoracic spine – as athletes get tired they lose midline stability. This is a problem especially for female athletes whom already have hypermobility issues. Keep your core tight and squeeze your glutes. It’s better to take extra time to rest here than to get a NO-rep.
  5. Do more push-ups – this should probably be number one. Strength is everything here. If you don’t posses the strength to do ten strict push-ups from your toes then you don’t have what it takes to do a handstand push up. Start a push up program.
  6. Pull your toes down – Want to do all of the work, lock your arms out with your feet on the wall and get a NO-rep? Of course not, so pull your toes down and lead with your heals.