We like handstands.
Most people are pretty impressed by a skilled handstand practitioner, at least I know I am. Many Yogis, aerialists, fitness buffs and movement nerds gear their training around mastering the handstand (and eventually the one arm hand stand). With gyms that emphasize gymnastics like Awaken in Colorado, and online tutorials by Gold Medal Bodies we are seeing a trend toward more bodyweight focused exercises.
But exactly how important to your overall "fitness/wellness" is being able to execute this pose? That is what I am set out to find in this article.
With a little research, I have come to a few conclusions, some good and some are a reality check. First the good news:
Handstands are fun! I am a huge fan and have been playing with handstands for several years. Pictured below are some of my favorite and most skilled handstand teachers, Cameron Shayne and Matt Giordano. I learned more in their 90 minute handstand class outside at Wanderlust Whistler this past summer than I have in several years of training on my own. Learning Handstands properly from a good teacher is key so that you don't pick up bad habits. Make sure you are strong, pain free and have good shoulder range of motion, and then you are ready to practice handstands.
Engaged in the movement toward more functional fitness. Mama, entrepreneur, leader, mentor, and co-creator of Clubbell Yoga.
Co-Creator of Clubbell Yoga, Movement & Performance Specialist, Head Coach at RMAX International