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Peculiar Cues: Mastering the Handstand Obstacle Course

We started with the static handstand and then moved on toward the dynamic or the handstand walk.

After we’ve mastered these fundamentals, we’re ready to start working on obstacle courses. That may include ramps, steps, parallette bars, freestanding handstand push-ups, and just about anything else upside-down.

After we can hold a handstand in a static position for longer than 20-seconds, and also be able to walk on the ground for 50-feet, then we can start working on some obstacles. I would recommend grabbing some 10-lb or 15-lb bumper plates.

The first thing you want to work on is momentum. I like to start with speed and momentum because you gain a lot of confidence in ascending and descending small “steps”.

But after you’ve gained confidence in consistently traversing over smaller obstacles, it’s time to focus on a hip weight-transfer. This skill will be needed in order to get up on top of higher objects like outdoor steps, or a 45-lb bumper plate.

Here’s a video further detailing the two progressions. Watch this before trying it.


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