Beginner Handstand Pushups

February 5, 2007 at 4:27 pm | Posted in Tricking | 3 Comments

This is really just a training mechanism at this point. Generally I use it to strengthen the muscles nessesary for handstand and freezes and I find it to be a much harder workout than normal pushups. Work these in short bursts especially when first beginning with plenty of rest in between because it puts a TON OF STRESS on the shoulders and forearms. So really all this is is pushups without using much support from the legs.

Well first get into a handstand position up against a wall. I may be white but don’t really care. Feet should be up against the wall but just barely putting any weight on the actual wall, these are just for stability so don’t put all your weight on it. I really don’t know why I am making a tutorial for this to be honest.


Continue lowering to the ground…SLOWLY. Do not just let yourself fall, do it very very very slowly. Don’t worry if at first you don’t go very far down, that will come with confidence and practice. Just remember: SLOWLY!

Now begin to push youself back up. It helps to do this only one time at first then to stop and just add reps as you get used to it.

Go back to original handstand position with the arms straight and supporting your weight. Remember the feet are just against the wall for stability, not to lay all your weight on because otherwise that would defeat the purpose of doing it handstand style. And that’s all, really I think I just made this for the hell of it.



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  1. it might be basic and often seen as a ‘show off’ move, but so worth doing regularly. This tute may actually remind more people that they ‘should’ be doing it at least. (me included)

  2. it may just be me, but I dont really notice a difference between these and normal pushups. Maby im not doing it right lol.

  3. There is a big difference between this and normal pushups, your pushing more weight, with the handstand pushup!!!
    This exercise, show off or not ,develops power house shoulders, triceps, upperback, even to some extent legs!! I would advise anyone to do these along with pull ups so you dont get any muscle imbalances, remember people, if you train one part of the body for pushing you must train the other opposite for pulling…oh and dont forget to stretch too : -) cool

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