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Different equipment used for handstands are to assist you improve your handstand and give variation to your learning process. 

Learning on different surfaces with different equipment helps you get a stronger handstand and keeps your training fun!

  • ☑️ Floor 
  • ☑️ Parallettes
  • ☑️Canes
  • ☑️ Blocks 
  • ☑️ Ring
  • ☑️ Unstable surface handstand

 

📌HANDSTAND SURFACES DIFFICULTY

FLOOR

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: BASIC

Training on a hard solid floor is the most basic and probably the easiest surface to train on. It eliminates the factor of your adjusting to the surface so you can focus on distributing your weight and holding your handstand with proper form.

Though it would give you more strain on your wrists, there are exercises to prepare for your wrists on the stress it will be experiencing. If you don’t have any wrist condition, The hard floor would be an excellent option.

Soft surfaces such as grass or mats could give you a feeling of safety, but it doesn’t help with your balance. Training there, you’ll have to adjust to the surfaces as well as it is soft and uneven so you’ll have another thing to focus on. These soft surfaces are great once you’ve got your other elements of handstand in check.

 

PARALLETTES/ P-BAR

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: BASIC

Parallettes are gymnastic-based equipment simulating the parallel bars on men’s artistic gymnastics category.

Using parallettes relieves some load off your wrists allowing you to focus on training other aspects of the handstand. This is due to having neutral grip on the bar. You’ll need to get used to this feeling if you’ve been training on a hard flat surface for quite some time.

Parallettes are also excellent for additional difficulty on some strength training exercises and allows you to train moves that are too difficult to do on the floor

It could just be a tad scary starting out since you’re further away from the ground, but fear is your only enemy.

BLOCK

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: BASIC

It’s very similar with the parallettes and relieves your wrists from less stress. When using incline blocks, you’ll get less wrist flexion which put less stress on your wrists.
Praciting on blocks also helps you get a strong grip since your fingers will cover the blocks. From there you’ll control your handstand. You’ll also get stronger forearms and wrists as well.

It’s a matter of preference when choosing your blocks. There are different shapes of wooden blocks you can use. It’s commonly rectangular or square, but you can also find circular shapes of blocks. 

CANES

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

Handstand canes are based on circus training. It’s quite intimidating to train with at first because of the considerably high elevation. This requires you to put more effort on pressing or jumping up to a handstand. So be careful at your first try.

Handstand canes allows you to grip better for better handstand control. There will also be slight swaying on handstand canes which can assist in balance once you’ve mastered how to use it.

 

UNSTABLE SURFACE HANDSTAND

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Most of the challenge when training in this equipment would be the fear of height. You can overcome it by solidifying your handstand. You won’t have to be worried about falling over even with the height since you can control your handstand perfectly.

You can use the canes as an extension of your arms for better control. If you’re a beginner, you might find it difficult at first. Training regularly will fix this!

Entry to handstand is just a bit more difficult. Either you jump with the precise control or press up slowly into position. 

RINGS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: ADVANCED

Rings handstand should be the last on your list among other surfaces. This is the most difficult surface you can encounter. Be sure to master a very solid handstand on floor and parallel bars first before attempting the ring handstand. You should also have the basic ring strength. It’s great if you can also press to handstand because you’ll need so much control when trying out the rings.

Rings provide so much instability that you need excellent upper body strength to control it. You’ll move in all directions so it would be very difficult controlling it at first.

We’ve learned from the basics of handstand that relying too much on shoulder strength is a no-no. On the rings, you have no choice because of the said instability. Massive shoulder strength is a must backed up with a solid hollow body core strength. Should mobility should not be forgotten to perfect the ring handstand. 

Train on every surface 💪💪💪

Whether you train on soft, grass, using equipment, don’t get too comfortable on a single surface. Explore with different surfaces so you can solidify your handstand even more.

Do it everywhere as long as you and the others are safe.

 

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