Headstands and Handstands

There are a lot of different ways to do a headstand.

There are a lot of different ways to do a headstand.

It’s important to use your head when you’re working out–literally!

Headstands and handstands are great ways to improve your balance, core stability, and upper body strength. They are also a lot of fun!

Using the tri-pod technique is one way to learn to do a headstand. Start by placing your head on the ground with your hands about shoulder width several inches below your head. Your head and hands should be in a triangular formation. (See the video clip below for a full demonstration.)

Next, straighten your legs so that your hips are over your head and walk your legs up onto your arms. Slowly shift your weight into your head and lift your legs away from your body. I recommend practicing with a wall behind you in the beginning since you will likely lose your balance a lot at first.

There are other ways to get into a headstand but this is a good one to start with. Eventually you may even try to work up towards doing a hands-free headstand.

Handstands are generally harder than headstands for most people because less of your body is in contact with the ground. Handstands are not only great for building strength and control in your core, but also in your shoulders, arms, and hands–a lot of being able to do a handstand is in the hands themselves.

I haven’t had any sort of formal gymnastics training but through practice and dedication, I have taught myself how to do these moves. I continue to practice regularly and it continues to be something that challenges me. Consistent practice is the common theme here, people!

See the video below for demonstrations and more:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BehQ8snueU

15 thoughts on “Headstands and Handstands

  • By Marc -

    Dude. That's impressive!

    Great job on the site, btw.

  • By Al Kavadlo -

    Thanks, Marc–glad you like the site! Keep checking back for updates. This is just the beginning!

  • By Dan Budiac -

    I'm sure there's a valid explanation of how a hands-free headstand strengthens your neck muscles, but that looks dangerous! Are the potential benefits really worth the risk of neck injury?

  • By Al Kavadlo -

    Good point, Dan. A hands-free headstand is an advanced posture and should probably not be attempted by someone until they've gotten very comfortable with other styles of headstands first.

    As far as the risk/benefit question goes, that is up to the individual to decide for themselves.

    This is a good opportunity for me to mention that if you try any of this stuff on your own, you are doing so at your own risk.

    • By Michelvandenhoek -

      I started with going into pike pushup position with the head on the floor and hands for support. Gradually taking away support from the hands. This strengthens your neck and hardens your skull to get you ready for the real headstands. Now I can do a no-wall headstand with no kipping. I always succeed when I attempt a headstand and don’t fall anymore.

      Mastering the headstand and frogstand, how far am I away from doing a no-wall handstand? Also what progressions do you know for handstand?

  • By Al Kavadlo -
  • By Marc -

    Dude. That's impressive!

    Great job on the site, btw.

  • By Al Kavadlo -

    Thanks, Marc–glad you like the site! Keep checking back for updates. This is just the beginning!

  • By Dan Budiac -

    I'm sure there's a valid explanation of how a hands-free headstand strengthens your neck muscles, but that looks dangerous! Are the potential benefits really worth the risk of neck injury?

  • By Al Kavadlo -

    Good point, Dan. A hands-free headstand is an advanced posture and should probably not be attempted by someone until they've gotten very comfortable with other styles of headstands first.

    As far as the risk/benefit question goes, that is up to the individual to decide for themselves.

    This is a good opportunity for me to mention that if you try any of this stuff on your own, you are doing so at your own risk.

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