Hand It Out

When it comes to writing about handstands, and that art of balancing on them, it’s hard to know where to begin.

There are so many different aspects to approach the illusive art of standing upside down. The most obvious one is how to handstand. There are also many unknown aspects such as the many different types and the social media trends associated with handstands.

So I will start at the beginning, or rather MY beginning, of the handstand journey . I am self-taught for the most part. The first time I trained with a professional hand balancer I had been doing handstands for 3 years. I trained with him for 2 hours and that concludes all my formal training.

I started doing handstands out of a rather strange place. I had just been through a painful break up and I was trolling the Internet for things to take my mind off the situation. I ended up on YouTube. There I found an act of an unknown professional hand balancer doing an amazing display in shallow water with his feet suspended in the air. It was one of the most amazing things I had ever watched. I remember watching that video many times over and pretty much jumping onto my hands.

As a complete novice I had no idea what I was doing. I fell….a lot, but I kept going over and over again. I had a lot of incentive, every time my emotional state threatened to drop to a “depressed” level. I got onto my hands. I spent a huge amount of time on my hands.

There were certainly pros to this. I held my first 30-second handstand in under a month. Did my first press to handstand a few weeks later. The cons however where due to the consistent training and tendency to ignore a good warm up my wrists and shoulders ended up in injury hell. I still have wrist issues to this day due to my overzealous start.

But handstands saved me. Now they give me a purpose which is to help others learn the fun rewarding art of handstands. So if you are someone that wants to learn how to handstand. Don’t hesitate to contact me.

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07jul6:30 pm7:30 pmHandstands at Fresh Ground 07/07£18 per person6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Fresh Ground London, 68 Battersea Rise10 Spots remaining

09jul10:30 am11:30 amHandstands at Font Gym£12 per person10:30 am - 11:30 am Font Climbing Gym, 30 Lydden Rd, London, SW18 4LR

14jul6:30 pm7:30 pmHandstands at Fresh Ground 14/07£18 per person6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Fresh Ground London, 68 Battersea Rise

16jul10:30 am11:30 amHandstands at Font Gym£12 per person10:30 am - 11:30 am Font Climbing Gym, 30 Lydden Rd, London, SW18 4LR

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