Five Ab Workouts on Parallel Bars

It’s pretty much impossible to become an excellent hand balancer if don’t have very strong abs. Without strong abs your back has to over compensate and you don’t want that.

Here are five exercises by Incite Fitness on parallel bars which will help strengthen your abs:

1. Leg Raises
2. X’s
3. Scissors
4. Knee tucks
5. L-Seats

Some of these are pretty advanced, so you might want to start with something a bit easier. Check out my Ultimate Guide to Bodyweight Ab Exercises to discover the best bodyweight exercises for abs development with tons of progression workouts.

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Creative Moves by Gravity & Other Myths

Today’s video comes from a bunch of people who look like they’re on a vacation, but still manage to pull out some amazing moves in combination of free running, hand balancing and other amazing stuff – like playing a piano with a hand balancer on top of you!

This uplifting video comes from Gravity & Other Myths, a well-known Australian acrobatics ensemble.

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High-Rep Handstand Push-up Sets

Today we have a motivational video coming from Metin Dabak. Not only did he manage to perform 50 handstand pushups in five sets, but he claims to have done them in supersets with weighted chinups. Impressive strength and conditioning!

Work your way up to your first handstand pushup rep. Learn how to progress quickly here!

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One-Legged L-HSPU Drill

To achieve that full handstand pushup, you’ll need to work on various progression exercises. This drill is amongst the good ones which are often overlooked, as one-legged L-Handstand Pushups are rarely practiced.

Some key points to watch out for:

  1. Keep your palms facing out to avoid wobbly elbows
  2. Make sure to place your hands close enough to the wall (as your head needs to go further ahead)
  3. Try to touch the ground with your forehead with each rep. If you’re unable to do so, go back to regular L-handstand pushups with both feet on the wall
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Crazy Hand Balancing Feats

Regular handstands just don’t cut the mustard for you anymore? How about hand balancing on rolling dumbbells or high-fiving a friend in between handstand push-ups on a barbell? Yeah, that should do it.

These and similar feats can get pretty taxing on the wrists, so think twice before trying to replicate them. It would be wise to master balancing on hand balancing stands first.

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One Arm Hand Balancing Training Session

Nikita Sukhanov is a professional hand balancer from Russia who spent six years with Cirque du Soleil.

Below is his training session from about a week ago with tons of cool one-arm stuff that require massive amounts of strength, skill and coordination. Enjoy!

Check out Nikita’s website here and don’t forget to Like his facebook page if you enjoyed the performance.

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Healthy Fingertip Progressions

The following is a guest article from Jarell Lindsey.


10 warriors, trained expertly and in unison, can overcome hundreds. Adversity in such war is your employer; the more hours you face it, the greater it pays you in strength, willpower, and endurance. In training, your body is at war with weakness, immobility, and comfort; your ten fingers are some of the best warriors you can use to change the tide of your lifelong fitness battle.

To expertly train those ten warriors, however, requires safe fingertip training. Your fingers abound with tendons and ligament, some of the most difficult connective tissue to heal when injured. Don’t walk into your training either; a steady jog will do.

Daily gripper training got my crush grip to a decent level, but my fingertip strength for hand balancing was lacking. Here’s how my steady “jog” progressed: I decided to alternate pushups on my knees using my fingertips, the nail-side of my fingertips (man, that was tougher than I thought), and my wrists for 3D hand strength. Lifting one knee to increase the difficulty with each exercise helped until I could do each in a full pushup position.

I am now in progressions of elevating my feet on a chair for all the above exercises, even getting to fingertip holds in a handstand position. I couple these with an isometric fingertip exercise I do twice weekly with intensity, and my progress has been consistent and quite phenomenal, for my humble standards. I’ve been able to do things I’d only imagined or seen in comics, such as pushups for reps on my thumbs.

 

I don’t doubt that you’ve already noted the absence of set or rep numbers for the above progressions. That is critical to the point I’m about to make: you make your own sets and reps with this training. The focus of mobility training should be variation, so rather than trying to reach 100 fingertip pushups, elevate your feet to add variation whenever you feel like your finger strength can handle it. Your own strength will develop in an incredible way, with a limited chance of injury and a consistent path to progress. Progression is key; with that plus a focus on variation, your 10 warriors will be (wait for it) in good hands.

“Strength is more than just muscle” 

Find more from Jarell Lindsey at http://www.leanfunctionalmuscle.com/

 

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Impressive Hand Balancing Duo

We already had a video from Dan where he balanced on his head on a stump. Today it’s a little bit different as Jakes and Rhiannon join for some hand balancing coolness.

Jakes neck strength plays a very important role when Rhi performs the one-arm handstand on his head and even though it looks kinda wobbly, it’s all good.

Check out the best book on learning how to perform the one hand handstand here.

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Front Splits One Arm Balancing

Some of you may know that I managed to fulfill one of my goals last year and achieve front splits.

Kim took the whole thing to the next level and actually balanced on one hand while grabbing her front foot and performing the front split. Pretty impressive stuff right there!

If you’re suffering from poor flexibility I strongly recommend you to check out Focused Flexibility by GBM.

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Crucial Drill for Freestanding Handstand Pushups

The pike pushup is an indispensable drill for working your way up to freestanding handstand pushups. Not only does it help you build enough shoulder strength for HSPU’s, but it also improves your balance during the descend.

The major points here are to learn how to pull your shoulders towards the ears in the start position and activate your lats on the way down while pulling elbows towards each other.

Check out Hand Balancing For The Bodyweight Athlete by Global Bodyweight Training if you’d like step-by-step instructions for mastering various hand balancing styles.

 

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