Saturday, August 29, 2015

NerdStrong Gym - More Handstands

Today we continued our work on the fundamentals of Handstands. The past few Saturdays we did handstand drills but have yet to do full handstands. We were building up to them, learning the proper handstand. This was difficult for me as I've always been able to do handstands but I did learn alot over the past three weeks to help strengthen my handstand. Today is the closest we are going to get to doing a full handstand without actually doing one.

But first we stated with a good warm up.. lots of wrist stretches before moving on to the actual Handstand work. We started simple movements like a push up into a wall walk, then wall walk into an L before doing a full wall walk all the way up. We then moved on to inversions, started by pressing our back into the wall, then pressing back into wall while doing a low split kick and then pressing our back into the wall and doing a high split kick. Once that was mastered we moved on to a full handstand. But we had to do it from that position of having your back pressed up against the wall and then lifting yourself up into a full handstand. I was able to do it a few times.

I'm very happy with the progress of my handstands.

Afterwards we worked on some Leg Raise Progression, we had to do 2 rounds of :30 seconds of work and :30 seconds of rest. Thirty seconds doesn't sound like a lot but man when you're working your core 5 seconds is a long time.

We finished today's workout with a mini workout consisting of 3 rounds of :30 seconds of Mountain Climbers, :30 seconds on Rest, :30 seconds of Jumping Jacks and :30 seconds of Rest. This didn't look like much but man was it a killer. Trying to find a pace that would work and by the time you got on round three everything hurt and those thirty seconds felt like an hour.

Overall this was another great workout and probably the smallest Saturday 10am class that we've had in a long while.. I was happy that I was finally able to actual do a few handstands. I now have to work on free standing handstands. Thanks to coach Christy and coach David.

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