Why You Shouldn’t Kick Up To The Wall

Ok the title is a bit of click bait but hopefully it worked so that I can give you some tips for learning how to handstand and more importantly what you should not do!

Now in theory and in certain people’s practices kicking up to the wall isn’t a bad thing. For the majority of people though especially in the beginning it’s not a good thing to do.

Here are a few reasons why.

  1. Most people when doing this by themselves will aim to get their feet to the wall which most of the time results in quite an arched position. This can put quite a bit of strain on the lower back.
  2. When kicking up the wall people hurl themselves up often crashing into the wall.
  3. Once people have got up to the wall they often look right back as in not at the floor.
  4. When people try to balance of the wall they remove one leg and then the other and try to balance most of the time this ends in just an ungraceful decent to the floor.

But the biggest reason why it should not be done (and why the other 4 points are done is because of this up coming point) is the mental component. Your mind is a powerful thing, when your mind knows that it is safe it will allow you to do anything. That is what the wall does; it creates a safety net for your mind to rely on. Which in turn makes your body rely on the wall. This is why for so many people they can’t do a handstand because of their mind relying on an aid to support them.

You see people hurl themselves up to the wall because they know the wall is going to catch them, they only worry about their feet getting up because once their feet touches the wall they can stay up, they look backwards because the wall is holding them. All of these they would NOT do when kicking up with no wall unless you had a fair amount of skill.

Unfortunately the wall is not a friend when trying to learn a freestanding handstand. It is a tool yes, but if used incorrectly will cripple your process.

So what should you do?

The first thing would be to get off the wall and start practicing out in the open, yes you will fall but that is part of the handstand process. However if you are scared to fall you need to learn how to fall. There are no two ways about it.

In my next article, How to effectively use the wall when learning a handstand I look at ways the wall can be used to help the handstand learning process instead of hindering it.

If you wish to learn more feel free to contact me at david@handstandman.co.uk

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