First, lets start off with why this Level 1 skill is so important for all level tumblers, even your most elite. Most people may assume that a handstand is simple and easy to do, but how easy do you really think holding your whole body weight over your hands is upside-down? Not so easy! That is why proper technique and training is required for even the most basic skills, such as the awesome handstand. Not only does the handstand begin your tumbling career, it stay with you throughout every single skill through Level 5 Tumbling. That straight body position you hit in a Layout and Full, you learn that tight body in the beginning. Handstands are a big part of everything from cartwheels, round-offs, backhand-springs, and like I mentioned before, all the way up to your twisting skills. That is crazy important right?! Yeah I thought so too!
Now, let’s take a look at the difference between a good and bad handstand. The little things matter in a handstand; if your head is out, that messes up the skill. If you have your feet slightly apart, that is also incorrect. Proper technique for a handstand goes like this:
Step One- Start in a deep lunge with your arms straight and squeezing to your ears, eyes forward on the floor ahead of you.
Step Two- After kicking up to your handstand, your eyes should be on your hands to help you balance with your head still tightly between your arms. Feet should be pointed and legs should be straight as a pencil and ankles should be touching. You should also be squeezing your entire body, even your bottom!
An improper handstand include things like:
Step One- Start with arms down in a smaller lunge; this is all incorrect.
Step Two- After kicking up, your eyes and head are out and tummy is sticking out. Bottom sticking out is also incorrect, feet and legs apart or bent is bad as well.
Don’t look like this!!! Bad technique! 🙁
I hope you get an awesome handstand and learned something new!
By: Amanda Tunison