Three years ago, a handstand hold came up in my Freeletics session. Having never done a handstand, my initial reaction was, “There’s no way I can do it.” I excluded the exercise from my workouts and considered how I could learn it.
You might wonder why I didn’t just try it. Well, I was afraid. I had a fear that something could go wrong during that flipping motion to enter a wall handstand from a standing position.
I wanted a gentle approach, so I found a yoga program for learning inversions. I learned the crow pose and could get into a handstand by walking my feet up the wall. However, the fear of that flip persisted. I left it there.
Earlier this year, I was doing CrossFit, and the trainer asked me to do a handstand hold. I told him I’d never done it before. He put a cushion on the floor and told me he would catch me if anything. I did it. It wasn’t perfect – the cushion came into play – but I did it. Immediately, I demanded one more (this time no cushion was needed).
Two months ago, I did my first handstand alone. I want to say it was mainly possible thanks to the trainer. The yoga program was good, but courage was what I really needed. Now handstands bring me joy. I look forward to my next session just to do a handstand. If my session doesn’t have a handstand, I change it until it does Every time I can go longer. I’m past the 45" mark now and am trying to beat 60". I am also looking forward to advancing to other variations.
If you have a fear like I did, ask a friend to spot you and just do it.
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