What do you immediately think when you see someone in a handstand?
“Wow, what control!”
“I wish I could do that.”
“What a display of strength and finesse.”
“That looks really cool.”
Some of us get tired of admiring others. We want to do awesome things, too. We want to stand on our hands. We want to be impressive and amazing.
It’s not all about being amazing, though. Learning how to handstand is like buying yourself an amazing piece of home gym equipment and putting it in your pocket. It’s like the smart phone of fitness – utility, fun and portable.
In fact, if you want to have a solid foundation in advanced bodyweight fitness skills – the kind of gymnastics feats that let you have an awesome workout anywhere – then learning how to do a handstand is absolutely crucial.
But, even though it’s so useful, impressive and fun, so few people start down the road, so few people start to learn how do a handstand…even when they really want to. But why?
Learning how to do a handstand as an adult is really challenging.
Sure, if you google “handstand tutorials” or “how to do a handstand” you will get a laundry list of links each toting a different methods on how to learn to handstand. Do all of these tips and tricks help you though?
No, because you need more than tips and tricks.
See, the handstand (and most other advanced gymnastics feats) require a significant amount of skill, just like playing the piano. And to get better at any skill you need to do two things and only two things: Conquer Fear and Practice Consistently.
You just need a system to do those two things really well.
WHAT IS THE 28-DAY HANDSTAND CHALLENGE?
The 28-Day Handstand Challenge systematically tackles these two things: fear and building the habit. It has helped thousands of people make significant progress on learning how to do a handstand and achieving their first handstand hold.
The 28-Day Handstand Challenge is effective because it focuses on the psychology of getting into the habit of handstand training. See, since learning how to do a handstand is a skill (like learning the piano), the most important thing is to practice frequently.
To put it simply, when you take the 28-Day Handstand Challenge you are challenging yourself to train handstands for 5 minutes a day, every day, for 28 days.
If you can’t train one day, you can sit somewhere quiet (like the bathroom at work, or your bedroom) and visualize good handstand form for 5 minutes. This helps to keep the streak going for the full 28 days, and it will even help with your handstand performance. (And yes, science backs this up.)
The end goal is is to make significant progress, and to build an addiction to handstand training. You want to make handstands a part of your lifestyle.
WHO IS THE 28-DAY HANDSTAND CHALLENGE FOR?
Over 7500 people have signed up to take the handstand challenge, so this technique has literally helped thousands of people get started on mastering their bodies, break through plateaus and take crucial steps to expanding their capabilities. That’s a lot of people learning how to do a handstand.
These people are just like you:
- They want to have fun in their workouts.
- They want to prove that they can learn how to do a handstand, and hold it.
- They want to learn impressive skills, instead of mindlessly lift weights.
- They want to master their body, to epitomize control and strength.
- They want to get into serious and advanced bodyweight fitness routines
- They are people who hit a roadblock or plateau in handstand training.
- They were held back by fear of falling over, or fear that their body wasn’t prepared.
- They want to improve. They want to be better. They just didn’t know how.
WHO GETS THE MOST OUT OF THE CHALLENGE?
While the 28-Day Handstand Challenge has helped thousands of people across all demographics and skill levels, certain groups get a lot more out of the challenge. Do you fit into any of these groups?
- You are scared of being upside down.
- You need to build strength
- You have been working on the handstand for a while with little to no progress.
- You think they are too old/big/fat to learn how to do a handstand.
- You don’t know how to improve or where to start.
WHO SHOULDN’T TAKE THE 28-DAY HANDSTAND CHALLENGE?
I have seen overweight, lazy couch potatoes make huge progress towards their handstand with this challenge.
I have seen teenagers, young professionals, parents and retirees in their 50s, 60s, and even their 70s surprise themselves by learning how to handstand and making rapid improvement using the 28-Day Handstand Challenge.
This method can work for most people, at any age or fitness level.
So who does NOT benefit from this challenge?
- People who are looking for the one magic tutorial that will unlock their handstand ability in a month. Tutorials don’t help. Systems and habits help.
- People who try to tackle too many goals in their training all at once. Overwhelming yourself leads to no progress on all of your goals.
- People who can’t set aside 5 minutes (less than a bathroom break) for handstand training/visualization at least 6 days a week.
I’M IN! TEACH ME HOW TO DO A HANDSTAND!
So, you read this far and you want to take on the challenge, and make huge progress on learning how to do a handstand. Awesome!
The most effective handstand progression requires that you first build your base level of strength (the 60-second wall handstand). Once you are strong enough, you can work on overcoming fears of falling over. When you are no longer scared, you learn to balance, then to kick up.
That means your 5-minute daily sessions will consist of one of the following, based on your ability level:
- Belly-to-Wall handstand holds (covered in the free 28-Day Handstand Challenge Toolkit)
- Pirouette Bails
- Balance Training
- Kickup Practice
I created the free 28-Day Handstand Challenge Toolkit to help you move through that progression and learn how to do a handstand.
If you sign up for the toolkit below, you will receive an email that includes free resources that every handstand challenger has found useful:
- The free 28-Day Handstand Challenge eBook, for the complete beginner.
- The Handstand Commitment Spreadsheet
- Articles on Fear Conquering
- Resources to help you move beyond freestanding handstands.
- Case studies of other challengers
You think this is BS? Put it to the test. Experience has shown me that 28 days is enough time to:
- Achieve a 1-min handstand hold against the wall.
- Able to hold a handstand near the wall without touching.
- Hold a 2-second freestanding handstand or better.
- Get addicted to throwing up handstands everywhere. (Once you are addicted, it’s amazing how fast you will improve.)
How does this compare to your handstands right now? When will you learn how to do a handstand if you don’t start right now? Maybe never?
If you want to be strong and impressive and have the liberation to workout anywhere, you need this challenge. Sign up for your free 28-Day Handstand Challenge Toolkit. What have you got to lose? It’s free and only 28 days!