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April 12, 2021
The Handstand is a skill and not a strength.Too many people believe that in order you achieve a handstand you must get stronger, which is true to a point. Strengthening your shoulders will help you on your journey but you could do a million strict presses and it's not going to make you a better handstander.The handstand covers a lot of aspects of athleticism: strength, mobility, balance, stability, spatial awareness, flexibility, and more. The only way to truly learn a handstand is like any other skill, through progressions. You would just make your kid ride a bike and expect them to be amazing. No instead you give then a tricycle, then training wheels and finally the bicycle. Handstands need to be treated the same way.The process of getting a handstand is a rough and long road, and dedication is key. Those that want instant gratification at the cost of never truly mastering a skill or trait need read no further.Those that understand the importance of small details, long-term dedication, commitment, and striving for high-quality movement, however, are the individuals who can achieve a handstand by recognizing that it must be worked for.When I see a “good” handstand, I know that a person has spent hours, days, years committing time to honing in this skill. It is respectable, impressive, and transfers over to learning new skills inside and outside of fitness. So, what does it take to achieve one?Dedication, commitment and practice all things that everyone can apply to life even outside the gym. Isaac Callihan
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