I remember one day in 2005 when I was working out in my garage in San Luis Obispo, California. I was doing a circuit combining chin ups and handstand pushups (an awesome combo, by the way). I thought I was ready to start adding some height to extend the range of motion of my handstand pushup reps.
I was wrong.
You see in order to increase the height, I had to do a new setup which ended up changing my position in the handstand. When I tried I couldn’t do a single rep in this new form when I was suppose to be doing sets of three.
Even after I eliminated the new height and replicated the same position I still found these handstand pushups dramatically harder then the version I had been doing before. What was going on here?
Quite simply, my new handstand position actually had me taking on more of my own bodyweight.
Now I’ve come to realize that there are a bunch of small things you can do to make any handstand pushup harder or easier
to do, without adding height or weight, simply by changing your position slightly.