I’ve been practicing headstands for a while now but have yet to master a handstand. Handstands are amazing at building strength throughout the entire body but more specifically they really work the core, shoulders, arms and chest. The good news is you don’t need to be able to actually do a handstand before you start seeing some increases in your strength simply by training for them. Here’s a link to the best video I’ve seen on how to do an actual handstand, it’s by Eionn Finn who is a world renowned yoga teacher, he really gets into the alignment which will make this pose very safe to practice, here are a couple good exercises topractice in the meantime to help get you there.
1. Hand Stand Against the Wall
Start with your palms shoulder width apart and climb your feet up the wall, stop once your body makes a 90 degree angle from there practice lifting one leg off the wall at a time hold for 30-60 seconds per side.
2. Against the wall shoulder taps.
So in this exercise your going to want to come into a handstand but use the wall for support. Then alternate each hand taping the opposite shoulder, when you place the hand back down try to do it as quietly as possible (you’ll see in this video I’m not very good at that!) Click here to open video
You can do a pike with either a TRX or using a swiss ball like in the video below. This exercise is an advancement from a regular plank so before you try make sure you can already hold a regular plank for at least a minute.