How to Walk on Your Hands: You Won’t Need Legs After This
If you have evr seen someone on tv or in real life walking on their hands then you have probably wanted to learn how. Perhaps you have already tried but have failed. Well this article will outline exactly how you should train and give you plenty of tips on how to put your arms to work.
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Have you ever seen any of your friends walk on their hands and think to yourself that it’s something you want to do. Well if you did, then you probably either never acted on it or gave it a few feeble attempts and gave up. Perhaps when you saw you couldn’t just cut off your legs and take to your hands you though it was pointless, well it’s not because eventually you can walk on your hands with relative ease.
I was recently in this dilema but now have achieved my goal and can walk on my hands. It’s not perfect, but at least I can keep it up for a short period of time. So here I will outline the basics of how to actually begin learning.
If you try and a handstand and fail then your problem could be in one of two areas. Balance or strength. You may even be pathetic with both, never fear though with enough practice you will be able to combat your problems. To establish where your weakness lies you should try a handstand against a wall. If you can hold it for a minute or two then strength is not your problem, balance is. However if you crumple into a heap you have strength issues. Doing press ups or pull ups will help improve your arm strength and sit ups/crunches will improve your core (you should continue core excercises throughout entire walking on hands training as it will help balance). Try a regime of these or other suitable excercises for a week or so and attempt the handstand again. If you fail again then continue with your excercises and if not then…
WELL DONE. You now have the strength necessary for a handstand. Give yourself a pat on the back, maybe even two. However, the main obstacle is yet to come. Balance.
In order to start doing freestanding (without a wall) handstands, you should first find a soft open area like a garden on grass or preferably on actual mats. You will need this soft ground as you will probably be doing a lot of falling, but don’t fear. Falling does not hurt and it is part of the learning process. Nonetheless it is vital to learn how to “fall correctly”. You should either try to twist your body while falling and land on your feet, or if you are more adept you could roll out of the fall by bending your arms slightly and falling into a roll. By doing this you may be able to cover up falls and pretend they were part of your plan.
Now that you have found your practice area, you can start practicing the handstand. First off, you will need to learn to kick into one. Simply stand on hands and feet and kick into the air with your leading foot, your other following behind in a scissor kick like motion. If you don’t kick hard enough you will not go into a handstand and if you kick too hard then you will fall onto your back Kepp trying until you find a happy median where you are upright, even if only for a second.
Once you have found the right kicking strength, you must maintain the handstand position. It is often easier if you look towards the floor and bend your back, although this isn’t considered “proper form.” Personally I looked down and bent ment my back but with practice and core training, I eventually straightened out. The most important part of your posture is to push up with your shoulders and push your toes towards the sky.
Now if you feel yourself falling forwards in your handstand you should try walking forwards to adjust, really all you will be doing is shuffling your hands but it will help you stay up. If you start to fall backwards, then tighten your core, push your toes harder towards the ceiling and shuffle your hands backwards. With practice you will be able to hold longer, and the sit ups you have been doing should be starting to help you increase your balance.
Now it may sound cliché, but PRACTICE. That is all that will help you hold this handstand for longer.
Anyway. After you can hold a handstand while moving around for about 10 secs, it’s time to start walking. Simply try and walk for as far as you can and then try to break your previous record. It often helps if you lean your feet over your head as you will go forwards easier. At first try small steps, but with time the sizze will increase, and you really won’t need you legs anymore.