Gymnastics

Breaking Down the Headstand or Handstand Push Up, Part 2: Building the Push

Here's how you can build up the strength to do strict HSPUs in your workouts.

Breaking Down the Headstand or Handstand Push Up, Part 1: The Handstand

Here are several progressions that will help you on your way to a strict headstand push up.

2 Flexibility Drills: The Keys to Progressing Your Pistol

Flexibility is the factor that holds most people back from doing a pistol. Here are two great approaches to build that flexibility.

How to Work Up to a Full Range of Motion Handstand Push Up

Here are two ways to change handstand push ups in order to make them exactly as difficult as you need it to be. These two ideas will allow you to create useful progressions for yourself.

How to Hold a Freestanding Handstand

If you've built a solid base with lead-up stunts, then practice your kick-up, you’ll find the balancing isn’t too bad. By following this smart progression you’ll cut your learning curve in half.

Proper Foundations: A 5 Step Progression to the Bar Muscle Up

This article is going to explain the five proper foundational movements to get your first bar muscle up - and how to do so without injuring yourself in the process.

How to Work Up to a Freestanding Handstand

In this article you’ll learn to balance on your hands out in the open. Just about anyone who is willing to put in the work will be able to accomplish this goal in time.

The 4 Most Common Issues in Coaching and Learning Gymnastics

I've coached hundreds of athletes and coaches on gymnastics. Here are some of the most common issues and misunderstandings I see in regards to gymnastic movement.

How to Work Up to a Handstand Against the Wall

Doing a handstand against the wall is not a complicated move. It takes some coordination and balance, but with a little practice, just about anyone will be able to achieve this.

Advancing Bodyweight Skills: Proper Handstand Progressions

How do you progress when the load is bodyweight? And in particular how do you progress when the exercise has a large skill component such as handstands?

How Bands Are Actually Holding You Back

It wasn’t until I attended the current CrossFit Gymnastics certification that I realized bands are not essential, and can even be a crutch to an athlete’s progression.

Are Handstands Good For You? A Yoga Teacher's Perspective

As a yoga teacher, the upside of the handstand craze is it draws hundreds of new yogis to the practice. The downside is an overemphasis on strength in just a few parts of the body.

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