Fitness Tips

Handstand Tips for beginners

In this video I explain why using the back to wall method for handstand training is not the best approach. I also demonstrate my favorite way to train balance using a chest to wall handstand.

Key Points:

  • Lack of control with the fingers

  • Improper form with banana back

Post workout stretches

Wall straddle stretch- 1-2 minutes
Seated straddle stretch- 1-2 minutes
Wall chest stretch - 30 seconds each side
Crossover shoulder stretch - 20 seconds each side
Hip 90/90- 60 seconds each side

Push up tutorial

In this video I show how to do a proper push-up by engaging the entire body and I show my two favorite modifications to help build push up strength.

Hip 90/90 Stretch

This is a great stretch for the hips and glute medius.

Shoulder stretches

Here are a couple of my go to stretches when I'm feeling tight in my shoulders or chest. These will be very helpful for people who find themselves sitting for extended periods of time whether behind a desk or steering wheel. They will also be beneficial for athletes who have discomfort in their shoulders during pushing movements. Enjoy!

Morning Stretches

Get your day started right with a few exercises from my morning routine. You can do them in the comfort of your own home right when you get out of bed or sip some coffee on the patio while you move under the morning sun.

alleviate Foot pain

Those of us that are on our feet a lot tend to end up with foot pain or tightness in the bottoms of their feet. In this video I provide one myofascial release technique and one static stretching technique to alleviate foot pain. Working these two exercises will also help with mobility in your lower body.

Full body active warm up

These active stretches are a great way to promote blood flow and muscle activation from head to toe. They can be used as a pick me up to get your day started or even serve as a warm up before a work out. These exercises can be done by everyone!

Beginner/Intermediate Handstand drills

Are you someone that wants to start learning handstands? Or maybe you have a handstand practice and are looking for some new drills to break through those discouraging plateaus. These are some of my go to handstand drills because they target some key points in the handstand. Straight arm strength, core strength, shoulder mobility, shoulder extension, leg engagement/glute activation, finding your line, and maintaining your line

Full exercise descriptions can be found in the description section of the YouTube video..

Lower body mobility

Active mobility sequence with modification

This mobility sequence will take you through various poses in one sequence to work through multiple parts of the body. You can work your way up to doing this flat on the ground but itting on amat raises your hips allowing you to go from seated to low squat. This requires a lot of ankle mobility that you can build up over time. Start with the mat at an easy height and slowly start to lower it until you can do this from the ground.

Wrist stretches

Wrist health is beneficial for everyone but especially those who are training handstands or arm balances. If that's you then you should have a daily wrist routine to perform before your training sessions. If you aren't in to handstands or fitness at all you can still benefit from this video. Start out with 5 reps of each exercise and as you get stronger work your way up to 10 reps.

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