Are you scared to do a handstand? And by that I don’t mean kicking up to a wall, rock or tree. I mean to kick up without anyone or anything to support you.
If you are, its ok, it’s actually pretty normal with most adults. In fact up to 70% of all my coaching I have done the first thing we covered was how to get over the fear. So don’t stress if you fit into this category.
The worst thing about fearing the handstand is if you don’t get over that feeling you will never hold a handstand. Why is that? Well for starters you won’t train it. How many people do you know that will go and do something over and over again that’s terrifying? Be honest…not many and with handstand you do have to do it over and over again…which means you will have to face the feeling again and again. Worse still if you have a bad fall your body will kick into over drive to save you which will increase the feeling of fear to hyper sensitive levels.
Why I am talking about this? Because I understand what it is to be afraid of handstands. Not to an extreme level but I was there to at a stage. Now I am not afraid, and want to take that fear away for as many people as possible not doing something because its scary is well stupid. So let’s avoid doing stupid things and get on to how to get over the fear.
The first and most important thing to learn in the beginning is to learn how to fall. The reason why you want to learn how to fall is once you know you can fall safely out of a handstand you will not be scared anymore. All fear will be removed and the handstand journey will begin.
Now there are a few ways to fall out of a handstand I personally have put them into 3 categories.
1. The pirouette
This is when you as you are falling twist out of your handstand go partly into a cartwheel and land on your feet, one at a time. This is my preferred method and the one that I teach.
2. The roll out
This is where as you fall you tuck your chin to your chest bend your arms till your shoulders touch the ground and roll down your back. This is commonly taught in gymnastics as it helps with tumbling basics.
3. The bridge
For people with bendy backs and good shoulder mobility. This is when you drop straight backwards and land with your feet on the ground while you hands stay on the ground. A high degree of flexibility is needed. I personally can’t do this one very well. Though I have taught it to a few clients who where more flexible than myself.
If you are scared of falling out of a handstand but want to learn to handstand, contact me here.