Difficult Planche Variations

If you cannot challenge yourself anymore with a regular planche, you may want to try out several advanced planche variations. Most of these moves are not something your regular bodyweight trainee is capable of, but they’re certainly good goals to aim for.

1. Handstand lower to planche
2. Open tuck push back to single leg planche
3. Top position pull to straddle planche
4. Floor tuck push back to straddle planche
5. Straddle L Pull Back to straddle planche
6. Single leg tuck pull to single leg tuck planche
7. L-Sit push back to full planche

Head out to Gold Medal Bodies for a full planche tutorial.

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Handstand on an Escalator

I’ve seen people doing handstands in weird places, but I never saw anyone attempt to do one on a moving escalator. It’s actually quite astonishing!

What’s the weirdest place you performed a handstand? Doing one at an airport was a bit weird for me.

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Hand Balancing in Costa Rica

Mauricio Jara is a tricking master from Costa Rica. Tricking is a training discipline similar to capoeira which combines martial arts kicks with gymnastics and breakdancing. He recently shared a video on one of the aspects of this discipline – gymnastics, with a focus on hand balancing.

Sit back and enjoy this mind-soothing handstand compilation.

Interested in tricking videos by Mauricio? Check out his Facebook page here.

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Build Your Way Up to a Wide Arm Handstand

Chris Silcox just released a great tutorial on everything you need to know to build your way up to a wide arm handstand.

Chris recommends starting with a partial handstand press and gradually increasing the length between the arms. Once you feel strong and confident enough, put your knees on an elevated platform, hands on the ground and practice the same thing. Once again, when you feel ready for the next step, add a mat or choose a higher platform and do the same drill. Once you add another mat, your hips will be over your shoulders which will help with strength and balance.

Don’t forget to to use your fingers and hands to balance while in a wide arm handstand. For more tips on advanced hand balancing, be sure to check out The True Art and Science of Hand Balancing.

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How to Progress to a Front Lever

Ryan from Gold Medal Bodies goes deep into front level progressions and shows one of the ways to work your way up to a front level. Below are the recommended steps, but make sure to watch the entire video to fully understand them.

1. The mini pull – To strengthen up your scapula
2. Straight arm chest pullups – To increase ROM
3. Mini pulls with knee pulls – Improve core strength
4. The front tuck
5. The front tuck to the open front tuck
6. Tuck for reps
7. Tuck with leg extensions

Your gym doesn’t have gymnastic rings? Get them here.

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Artistic Balancing on Hand Balancing Canes

A hand balancer from Russia, Nikita Sukhanov, recently released a new video full of powerful balancing moves on hand balancing stands performed in a controlled manner. My favorite parts are at 0:43 and 2:55.

Apart from great strength and coordination, these and similar hand-balancing moves require a great deal of flexibility. If you’d like to increase ranges of motion, decrease pain and become MUCH more flexible, make sure to check out GMB Focused Flexibility.

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How To Strengthen Your Wrists

Having enough wrist strength is a crucial part of an injury-free handstand training. Furthermore, not everyone has enough flexibility to keep their hand back 90 degrees for an extended period of time.

In this video by Chris Silcox you can learn several techniques to improve your wrist strength, flexibility and general upper body strength needed for various hand-balancing moves.

If you’re looking to truly make your entire body indestructible, check out this guide to improve mobility, flexibility and strength.

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How to Build Your Own Hand Balancing Stands

There are many reasons for using hand balancing canes. They obviously help with the balance, but can also be very useful for learning hand-to-hand handstands. Others use it to relieve wrist pressure or to gain more control.

Building hand balancing stands is not for everyone, but you can certainly build a set or two yourself and save some bucks – although this heavily depends on how much your time is worth to you.

If you’d like to skip that and just order one instead, you can do so here.

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Balancing on Knifes

There are acrobats in almost every season of America’s Got Talent and the latest one is no different. Two Vladimir’s from Ukraine are seen performing a lot of hand-to-hand balancing acts followed by a daring act in which one of them balances on top of another via knifepoint.

Pretty scary stuff, especially considering their previous hand-to-hand move was a bit wobbly.

Do you think they’ll make it far into the show?

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Basic One Arm Handstand Goodies by Miguel Santana

Miguel Santana is a Brazilian native hand balancing coach who travels the world with other well-known balancers like Yuri Marmestein, Sammy Dinnen, Yuval Ayalon and does what he loves – teaches people how to improve their hand balancing skills.

In the video below Miguel shows, what he considers to be, three basic one-arm positions: full position, half straddle and full straddle. These basic moves begin at 1:30 mark, but don’t miss the action before that part!

Don’t forget to like Miguel’s Facebook page here if you enjoyed the video.

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