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Home Work: Wall Handstand

Inspired by the Two-Minute Headstand video, Sugar user ditorres was curious about doing a handstand. While standing on your hands in the middle of the room takes an incredible amount of balance, you shouldn't skip handstands altogether – using a wall can help. Handstands not only build upper-body strength, they work your core as well. After sitting at a desk all day, putting the world upside down can be rather uplifting.

Music: "Lahore Connection" by Prem Joshua

I know you're dying to try it so read more.

  • Stand in front of a wall. Place your hands on the ground, so your fingers are about six inches away, and come in Down Dog. Be sure that your fingers are spread wide, and that you're pressing into your fingertips to protect your wrists. Bring your feet together and take a step closer to your hands. Lift your right leg up coming into Three-Legged Dog.
  • Now bend your left knee slightly, and kick up by springing off the ball of your left foot, and place both feet on the wall.
  • This part is key — place the crown (top) of your head on the wall, so you're looking in between your hands. Now move one foot off the wall and then the other. Pressing your head into the wall will help you stay balanced, so that you can focus on drawing in your belly to keep your spine straight. Try to keep your feet off the wall and you'll really feel this in your upper back and arms.
  • Stay for as long as you can, but shoot for 30 seconds, and gradually build up to two minutes.
  • When your arms are tired, place your feet back on the wall and then lower your legs to the ground, coming into Down Dog. Now try it again, but this time do it with your left legs lifted.

Fit's Tip: If you can't kick up into handstand on your own, no problem. Just ask a friend to help you and try this.

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