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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How to Get Over Your Fear of Doing a Handstand

Fear of falling down while doing a handstand is a very common one in people who are just starting out their hand balancing journey.

Dan Jeong shows two ways to get out of the handstand and explains that it’s not only easy to prevent falling down, but the fall itself is usually nothing to worry about since it doesn’t really hurt.

Ready to start your hand balancing journey now? Head over to this page and start implementing what you learn right from the bat.

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Develop Strength for One Arm Handstand

Today’s video comes from Chris Silcox and it’s an excellent one focused on building strength for one arm handstand, assuming you’re already comfortable with the regular handstand. It’s jam-packed with different exercises that’ll keep you busy for months.

You can take action right away by practicing these drills and begin your journey to the one arm handstand today. Expect for last two drills which require hand balancing blocks and hand balancing stands, you don’t need anything else beside a wall. What are you waiting for?

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One Armed Handstand On The Edge

Some people avoid practicing a handstand as they are afraid of falling down, whereas others take hand balancing to other extremes. Eskil Ronningsbakken is one of the latter risking his life while performing a handstand 2,000ft above a fjord in Norway, followed by a one arm handstand.

Eskil makes use of visualization to prepare for this and similar acts, which I believe plays a very important role in his success.

If you don’t practice visualization, you’re missing out on very powerful addition to your training.Unlock greater strength and skill with Advanced Hypnotic Visualization Athlete Training.

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Spectacular One Arm Handstand Control by Andrey Moraru

Andrey Moraru is hand balancer from Moldova who joined a circus at the age of 11 and specialized in hand balancing.Even with that much experience under his belt, the balance and control of his moves is still astonishing.

The title of the video speaks for itself.

While I can’t promise you that you’ll be able to master one arm handstand quickly, I CAN show you the fastest way to master the regular handstand. Click here to find out more.

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