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Looks can be deceiving in this upper body strengthening inversion

November 21st, 2011 1 Comment

This assisted handstand will show you what you’re really physically and mentally made of.  The wall helps you balance, but you’ll still have to employ all of your upper body to stay up.

All levels of fitness can try this.  Do it at the gym, in the park, or at home to build up your arm, shoulder, and core strength.   It’s a great way to get you heart rate up during a weight-lifting workout too.

In general, inversions, where your heart is above your head, benefit your circulation and digestion.  If you continue to incorporate them into your workout (or in yoga), you’re likely to sleep better and have less stress.

Here’s how you get into the 90 degree angle.

1. Start with your back against a wall and notice where your feet are.

2. Place your hands where your feet were and place your feet against the wall.

3. Then walk your feet up the wall until they are parallel to the ground (like in the first picture).

Stay here as long as you can.  Use your core to keep you steady and just breath. It looks easy, but try it once and you’ll feel the intensity instantly. Eventually you’re supposed to be able to balance in a full handstand.  I’m not there yet, but I’ll keep working at it!

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  • Will definitely try this great intro to the hand stand! Arm inversions are quite intimidating to me, so I really like the support of this assisted version. For me, I think inversions also evoke a lot of fearful and not-in-control (while the truth might well be the opposite, that we have the strength to do this) kind of emotions for me.