Hi, this is Juan from Handstand365.com. Welcome to my apartment. Today is Day 4 of 365. We are going to be working on stances today, so I’m not going to jump right into it.
You might have noticed that the past few days I have used two different stances, in other words different position with my legs. They seem to be just the same thing. Maybe one time my leg were straight up the other had my legs were bent, but they actually have, especially for us beginners, a very distinct advantages, one versus the other.
So, today I am going to show you those stances. I am also going to also show you a third stance that we use against the wall.
Today we are going to start first with the standard stance that a lot of people use when they are going against the wall, the one with their feet straight out. I’m just going to jump into that stance.
- I want to have my hands shoulder width apart.
- I want to have my fingers splayed out, but I don’t want them stretched out. I just want them spread out like comfortably. And again shoulder width apart.
- I want to be as close to the wall as possible. (A lot of times when we are trying to balance especially you might have noticed in my first videos I might have been a little bit far away. That’s more because if I am too close to the wall then I tend to just bounce right off again. But after just a few days of practice I’m feeling pretty good about being this close to the wall. This is where I am going to be.)
This stance has some distinctive advantages. By the way, notice I am looking straight at the horizon while the other people look straight down. I am kind of more of a fan of doing like the capoeira people, looking at the horizon. One of the benefits of this stance is, you notice how my back is actually straight. A lot of times you will get a lot of people with their backs bent like a banana. That’s called banana back. Banana back is actually difficult to recover from. The biggest advantage of the stance is that it avoids the banana back effect. That curved back effect that you see in a lot of people having problems with.
Another benefit is that when you do a handstand, you know you really have the handstand mastered when your legs are straight up in the air your toes pointed in the air and you are balanced that way, and having your feet and your hands very close to the wall allows you to be in that position.
The second stance, though, is the one where we actually start a little bit further away and we actually keep our legs bent. That second stance itself has its own advantage.
- I’m starting about 18-19 inches away from the wall.
- Hands again shoulder width apart.
- When I jump up, I go in with my legs bent and I try to keep only a small amount of weight on my toes. Now, this has an advantage that my center of gravity is slightly lower because my legs are bent.
Now, this has an advantage that my center of gravity is slightly lower because my legs are bent.
A second advantage is that, because the bottoms of your legs are facing the wall and are going in the direction that you would normally fall, having your weight distributed in the same direction that you might generally fall gives you an actual added balancing advantage. If you can imagine, it’s even tougher to balance a straight pole like a broomstick as oppose to even something like a cone. You cut off the bottom of the cone, you try to balance it, it’s actually is easier.
For the same reason, having our weight slightly spread out in the direction that we might fall gives a distinct advantage, and in a couple of days we are going to actually do a stance that gives practice with that as well, with our legs splayed.
A third stance you see in a lot of places is a stance where they actually start off instead of facing a wall backing down and jumping up, they start facing away from the wall, bring their hands down, and then climbing up. Let’s try that.
- Again, hands shoulder width apart.
- Fingers spread out a little bit, not splayed out completely because you do want to have the ability to press a little bit, and only a little bit, on your finger tips. Only a little bit.
- We are going to walk our feet up the wall. We are going to walk our hands towards the wall.
Now, I am personally not comfortable being much closer than this although you will see a lot of people getting a lot closer than I am.
It’s actually really tough to get over the fear and I tried it earlier and I really couldn’t get any closer to this. But this has an advantage of allowing you to modify the position of your weight to be directly above your hands. It also eliminates that whole banana back situation that we are talking about.
Now, we just jumped off. The way we just jumped off, we are going to talk about rescuing ourselves tomorrow. What I did today is step forward on my left-hand and then fall sideways. We are going to talk about another way to rescue ourselves tomorrow. It might be a kind of scary way to do it, but I’ve done it and it is really not that tough.
Tomorrow that is what we are going to do. We are going to be talking about how to rescue ourselves from each of those positions. The scariest one I think is that one. We are going to talk about how to roll out actually from that. Of course, the other method if you can’t roll out is actually stepping one hand forward and falling sideways. That’s okay too.
I did get a nice little workout on my hands and on my shoulders. I actually feel a little bit of a burn still. This is what being a beginner is. I do want to get some time working out on the wall. If you feel like you are done after practicing those stances with me then what I would do. Rest up and get ready for tomorrow for Day 5. But for me, I did 60 second handstands three days in a row and I’m actually feeling pretty good with it. I’m a little bit tired right now, but I’m going to try to go for 65 seconds. I am going to do this one against the wall with my feet straight up. That’s what I’m in the mood for.
If you like this you know what to do. Like. Subscribe. Comment. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Anything you want to see? Let me know as well. I am going to do this handstand right now. If you want to do it with me please go ahead and do it with me. If not, I will see you tomorrow.
This is tough. I’m close to giving out. OK, I had to give up. I hate to give up. I’m going to stop and give myself another 20 seconds.
This is what being a beginner is all about. There is nothing wrong with failing, and that’s kind of the point. We want to be able to do a handstand for two and half minutes without a wall. We want to be able to bounce around and do all that stuff. Look, I’m cool with failing now. I’m on Day 4. I can’t imagine Day 60, Day 200, Day 365, we are going to be great.
Do another 20 seconds.
Alright, that was tough. Cool, I’ll see you tomorrow.