I do that?! Well, with our handstand
how-to guide and some practice, you totally can.
Jealous of the insta-gals snapping amazing pics of them pulling off
stellar handstands? Yeah, whether they’re dancers or gymnasts or yogis or just
plain awesome, there’s one thing we think when we see pics like that: Why can’t
Step one: Tone up
Yeah, we dig lean muscle from fingertips to toes, but for executing a
solid handstand, it’s essential that your upper body—including your arms—and your
core are particularly strong. Hit the gym and work on a shoulder press. You can
also add exercises like planks and push-ups to your daily workout routine.
Remember, it’s best to focus on these isolated body parts for only about five
minutes a day—don’t go all out one day and skimp the next.
How to do a correct simple shoulder press
Hold a dumbbell (or a water bottle, soup can, bag of flour, etc.) in
both hands. Shake out your shoulders a bit to relax them, then prep your
stance. Your feet should be hip’s-width apart and you should be standing tall,
supporting your upper body from your core and breathing deeply and evenly into
your stomach, not your rib cage. Hold the dumbbells slightly in front of your
body, then press them straight up in the air. Do not lock your elbows. Hold for a few seconds, then bring your arm
back down in a slow, controlled manner. To get the form right, you can
alternate arms, or you can do both arms at the same time.
Step two: Get balanced, babe
We know it’s not your favorite thing to do, but yoga is a great way to
score balance points. Standing poses in particular will help you find your
natural center of balance. Even if your shaky on your own two feet, a li’l yoga
training will help, we promise! Take a peek at this workout video packed with
standing poses, and try to do it once a day or every other day.
Step three: Go slow
Speaking of yoga, one pose in particular can help prep your upper body
for holding up your weight without toppling over. We’re talking about the crow
pose. Once you’ve mastered that, sidle up next to a wall, grab a pal to spot
you (and help you get all the way up, if necessary), and try, try again! And
hey, don’t forget to snap a pic, OK?
What move do you want to master?
Tell us in the comments!
LOVE THIS POST? YOU’LL HEART THESE TOO…
+ Stay trim and get yummy recipes with Get Fit Fast, our weekly health newsletter
+ 20 anti-Valentine workout anthems
+ Make your heart healthy with this workout
GL GIVEAWAY! Sweat in style with a $400 stash of Reebok goodies.
MAJOR PLUS Get the latest from GL on Google+ and Instagram.
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 1/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN get fit fast, gymnastics workouts, dance workouts, yoga workouts