How to use the wall when learning a Handstand

In my last post I discussed the problems with using the wall to learn a handstand more importantly I spoke about the common errors when kicking up to the wall.

In this post I will discuss how to use the wall as a valuable tool, which will aid your progress rather then hinder it.

Before I start, a quick disclaimer some of these drills will require one to fall so if you are scared of falling (don’t be embarrassed many people are at this point). The step before these drills would be to learn to fall safely.

The first drill that we will look at is the “balance point” drill. Please see the video below to get an understanding of what this drill looks like.

This drill has many uses:

  1. It takes out the momentum from kicking up to handstand.
  2. It is much easier to stack you center of mass (COM) over you base of support (BOS)
  3. It is much easier to tell where your COM is in relation to your BOS
  4. You can take your time to get to a free standing handstand
  5. You will fall

Let me elaborate on these points just a little so they make more sense.

With point 1, one of the hardest things about holding a handstand is getting up to the handstand point. In the beginning one will have to use momentum.

Now this unfortunately isn’t a great thing, as many people don’t understand how much momentum they should be using when kicking up to handstand. So when doing the balance point drill momentum is complete removed as when done correctly one should just float of the wall.

This is assuming that COM is stacked above the BOS correctly, which leads us to point 2&3. Due to the wall not moving it’s much easier to get in a comfortable position before coming of the wall.

Now the key to being able to float of the wall is to make sure your shoulders are above your hands and your hips (this is generally where your COM is) travel over your hands. This should pull you off the wall.

If this does not happen and your forced to try and kick off the wall then your COM is still to close to the wall and has not come out enough. On the other hand if you suddenly fall straight off the wall this means that your COM has come out to fast.

Which brings us to point 4. TAKE YOUR TIME. Handstands are a patience game. The more you rush to get of the wall the more you will fall. Feel your weight in your hands. Try to make it move as slow as possible to get a better understanding of what is happening. This is also the key to understanding how to balance but more on that later.

Lastly point 5. Falling is part of handstands you can’t have the one without the other. Falling off from the wall though is generally less scary due to the lack of momentum. It will improve your falling and help build your confidence levels.

As not to make this post too long I am going to cut it there and we will return with a part 2 of how to use the wall effectively.

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