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Handstand Push-Up

Exercise Profile

Body PartShoulders
EquipmentBody weight
Primary MusclesTriceps Brachii
Secondary MusclesDeltoid Anterior, Deltoid Lateral, Pectoralis Major Clavicular Head, Pectoralis Major Sternal Head, Serratus Anterior, Teres Major
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Introduction to the Handstand Push-Up

The Handstand Push-Up is a challenging exercise that primarily targets the shoulders, arms, and core, while also improving balance and body control. This advanced workout is ideal for those who have a solid fitness foundation and are looking to push their upper body strength to the next level. People might want to perform this exercise to enhance their functional fitness, boost athletic performance, or simply enjoy the thrill of mastering a complex and impressive physical feat.

Performing the: A Step-by-Step Tutorial Handstand Push-Up

  • Slowly bend your elbows, lowering your body towards the floor in a controlled manner while keeping your core tight and your body straight.
  • Continue to lower yourself until your head lightly touches the ground or as far as your strength allows.
  • Then, push back up by straightening your arms, returning to the starting handstand position, while maintaining a rigid body line.
  • Repeat these steps for the desired number of reps, always ensuring to keep your movements controlled and your form correct.

Tips for Performing Handstand Push-Up

  • **Master The Basics First:** Start with mastering a basic handstand before moving on to the push-up variation. This helps to build the necessary strength and balance. A common mistake is to try the handstand push-up without being comfortable with a regular handstand.
  • **Use a Wall for Support:** When starting out, use a wall for support. This will help you maintain balance and focus on your form. Slowly ease away from the wall as your strength and confidence increase. Avoid the mistake of trying handstand push-ups without support before you're ready.
  • **Maintain Proper Form:** Keep your body straight and your head in line with your spine. When lowering yourself, your elbows should not

Handstand Push-Up FAQs

Can beginners do the Handstand Push-Up?

Handstand push-ups are a complex and challenging exercise that require a significant amount of upper body strength, balance, and coordination. Therefore, they are not typically recommended for beginners. However, beginners can start preparing for the handstand push-up by building their strength and balance through other exercises such as push-ups, overhead presses, and handstand holds against the wall. It's important to gradually work up to more advanced moves to prevent injury. Always consult with a fitness professional or coach to ensure you're performing exercises correctly and safely.

What are common variations of the Handstand Push-Up?

  • Kipping Handstand Push-Up: This version incorporates a 'kipping' motion, using momentum from the hips to assist in the upward push.
  • Pike Push-Up: This is a modified version where you keep your feet on the ground and your hips high, simulating the handstand push-up motion.
  • Freestanding Handstand Push-Up: This is a more advanced version where you perform the push-up without any support, relying solely on your strength and balance.
  • Deficit Handstand Push-Up: This variation involves placing your hands on elevated surfaces, increasing the range of motion and difficulty of the exercise.

What are good complementing exercises for the Handstand Push-Up?

  • Wall Walks: Wall walks not only strengthen your upper body and core, but also enhance your shoulder mobility and control, which are essential for maintaining the correct posture during a handstand push-up.
  • Hollow Body Holds: This exercise helps in strengthening your core and improving body tension, which are vital for maintaining balance and stability during a handstand push-up.

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