What is the Cambered Hand Technique?

The cambered hand technique is an important, but subtle skill to learn when pursuing your first handstand.

When using the Cambered Hand Technique, your fingers create a C shape, rather than resting flat.

When using the cambered hand technique, the palms of the hand are on the ground, as are the tips of the fingers. This gives two points of contact that give incredible control in the handstand.

Athletes who use the cambered hand technique enjoy an easier time balancing in all bodyweight skills that use the wrists as the point of balance. This includes the planche, frog stands, L-sit, V-sit, handstand presses and several other skills.

This is just another reason why the handstand is so crucial of a skill to bodyweight trainees who want to train anywhere. It literally gives you a full foundation of skills, from your fingertips to your toes.

Yet…the Cambered Hand Technique is largely ignored by new hand balancers because it is almost impossible to notice unless you already know about it!

Executing the Cambered Hand Technique

The easiest way to get into a cambered hand position is to place your hand flat on the floor, then curl your fingers up into the proper position. Lean your weight into your hands slowly and get a feel for the hand position, and how it differs from the flat-handed position you were likely using beforehand.

The Breakdown

I’ve spent hundreds of hours practicing and training handstands with myself, in groups and with trainees. I have boiled the handstand down from volumes of advice to a concise and easy to follow 6-step progression that is outlined in The 15-Second Handstand: A Beginner’s Guide.

I have done this by applying the 80/20 rule to handstands. In other words the book only covers the most important 20% of the details that cause 80% of the problems for newbies.

The cambered hand position is the perfect example of a small thing that causes a huge change.

But why?

As I alluded to earlier, the cambered hand technique gives you two points of contact with the ground. Your palm, and your fingertips.

This provides control, because a small gripping motion into the ground is possible with a cambered hand position, which lets you pull your whole body to and fro.

Doesn’t that sound like exactly what you need to learn how to balance on your hands?

That’s why I cover the Cambered Hand Technique for over 35 pages, with it’s own full length video, in The 15-Second Handstand: A Beginner’s Guide.

Once you learn the cambered hand technique, you will see that fear melts away, just like it did for Greg V.:

“I have been focusing on the cambered hand technique, and that made quite a difference in my balance. I really like your point about online tip & trick hunting as a way of masking fears.” – Nico Robert, after one week” -Nico R.

If you’re interested in making progress on the handstand, then you need to learn how to use your hands to control your body.

So why isn’t there a tutorial or method here where I teach you how to use the Cambered Hand Technique for free on the web?

Because I refuse to be a part of the problem.  I refuse to clutter the internet with free handstand videos and tutorials that are taken out of context. This is the #1 biggest problem in fitness material on the web today…

In the past, I provided a free video to teach people how to use this technique, and it resulted in their progress stagnating, and them having a TON of questions!!

Why?  Because they were skipping steps and focusing on the the Cambered Hand Technique at the WRONG TIME won’t be effective at all.  While I was good intentioned, I was actually getting in the way of progress.

That goes against my whole vision of more people standing on their hands.

That’s the main reason I created  The 15-Second Handstand: A Beginner’s Guide – to finally create a guide that teaches you how to take control of the handstand, where the RIGHT progression is laid out step by step. It’s the ultimate guide to help you get over your fears and START doing handstands TODAY!

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