Do you want to learn how to do handstand pushups?

Don’t know how to do a handstand push up or where to begin?

Then, you’ll love this crash course on how to do handstand pushups!

Preparing for Handstand Pushups

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Get a thick mat for shock absorption…

You may come down quick on your first attempts, so you need the cushion.

Always wear shoes for safety.

How to Do Handstand Push Ups with Wall Support

  1. Place your palms on the ground about shoulder-width apart with your fingertips about 6-12 inches from the wall.
  2. Keep your arms extended, look toward your hands.
  3. Stagger your feet, then explosively press through the balls of your feet and aim for your heels to connect with the wall.
  4. Extend your legs and allow them to balance you with the support of the wall.
  5. Bend at the elbows 90° and stop just as your head makes contact with the ground.
  6. Press through your palms and extend your arms to return to the start position.
  7. When you are finished, collapse your knees and bring your feet down toward the ground.
  8. Your first attempt may not be graceful, hence the mat and shoes for shock absorption.

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How to Hold a Handstand…When You Can Hardly Do a Handstand Pushup

If getting into the straight-arm position is too difficult…

Ease into this exercise by practicing the Tripod exercise (see this post).

Once your legs are balanced on the wall…slowly walk your hands to

Slowly walk your hands outside of your head.

The difficult part is getting pushed to the top position…

And the first repetition of the handstand pushup is ALWAYS the hardest.

Return to the mat in the same sequence as listed above.

How to Use Handstand Pushups in Your Home Workout Plan

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You should consult a qualified medical professional before starting this or any other health & fitness program.  As with any exercise or diet program, if at any time you experience any discomfort, pain or duress of any sort, stop immediately and consult your physician.  The creators, producers, participants, advertisers and distributors of this program disclaim any liabilities or losses in connection with the exercises or advice herein.  Any equipment or workout area that is used should be thoroughly inspected as free of danger, flaw or compromise, ahead of use and the user assumes all responsibility when performing any movements contained in this blog.
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Dale L. Roberts

My name is Dale Lewis Roberts and I'm an American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer, Certified, with an ACE specialty certification in Senior Fitness. Since beginning my personal training career in 2006, I have earned numerous certifications in personal training, yoga, nutritional coaching, among others. I have worked with hundreds of clients with a variety of health & fitness goals.

While my greatest passions are health & fitness, writing and reading, I also love to spend time traveling with my wife, watching pro wrestling and playing guitar. I currently reside in Columbus, Ohio, with my wife, Kelli, and our rescue cat, Izzie.
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