In my recent CrossFit Journal article “Analyzing the Handstand Position“, I outline a series of tests that can be employed to determine the mobility and stability deficits that are impacting an athlete’s ability to perform a handstand (and its’ variations) with optimal efficiency.
Last week, we covered the best mobility drills to improve the handstand.
While mobility limitations are often to blame, stability deficits are just as common. The following are some of my favorite drills for improving handstand stability in athletes:
Hollow Rocks are a foundational gymnastics movement that more athletes need to master. This exercise has a huge transfer to many athletic movements including the handstand.
An all around great exercise for improving core positioning and retraining core stability.
This simple exercise does a great job of training a stable core while the upper body moves.
Wall Walks with Breathing
I recently used this drill with a patient of mine dealing with a psoas strain. Retraining of his core stability using multiple exercises including this one lead to full return to gymnastics as well as to his coaches commenting that he looked a full level higher in his skill work after three visits with me. Thanks for Dave Tilley of thehybridperspective.com for this great drill.
Incorporating breathing with the handstand. As I mentioned in the CrossFit Handstand article, many athletes’ form will break down when trying to breath during handstands. This is because holding their breath creates false cores stabilization. Practicing this drill will ensure great control during handstands!