Hand Balancing for Newbies
Building Forward MomentumDifferent people set different goals for themselves. Some set broader goals and some set very specific goals like... The perfect wheel, handstand, press handstand, crow pose, to name a few. When left to your own devices, it's easy to get overwhelmed with the process -OR- to not have a process at all.
Typical training looks something like this: Learning wheel: Try wheel 5 - 10 times a day for a week or two, cannot make progress straightening the arms, give up. Learning handstand: Jump up to handstand 10 times a day for about a week, cannot balance in the middle of the room, give up. Learning press handstand: Try to shift forward and lift 3-4 times, decide you do not have the "body type" for pressing, give up.
I talk a lot about the "right" way to do something and the "wrong" way to do something, and I might make it seem like the doing the "wrong" thing is a complete waste of time. It's actually not...
And I don't want to discourage you from trying. Doing something is ALWAYS better than doing nothing. Even if you're doing the "wrong" thing, you progress forward. If you do the "wrong" thing, it nets you a learning opportunity. The beauty of it is every time you make a "wrong" decision, you get a little bit wiser, and your probability of making the "right" decision gets higher and higher. In the long run, every decision you make gets you one step closer to your goal. A "right" decision might move you forward 5 steps, a "wrong" decision will move you forward one.
That's an advantage of having a coach; they save you time and streamline the process for you by ensuring you always make the "5 steps forward" choice. If you want to learn the perfect wheel, handstand, or press handstand you should not be discouraged if you do not exactly know how to go about it. Just trying something is a baby step forward... And if you are in that boat, start small, and start by building fundamentals (you can never go wrong here).
For example, if you asked me for blind advice getting started and I knew nothing about you, I'd tell you to do something like this:
- Handstand at the wall - 3 times, hold for 1 minute each time
- 1 unilateral hamstring stretch of your choosing - do each side 3 times at what you feel like is 70% of your max - hold for around 30 seconds
- 1 shoulder stretch of your choice (Prasarita C is great one) - do it 3 times and hold it for around 30 seconds
- 1 core exercise of your choosing - do 3 sets
- Building bigger classes
- Teaching a workshop
- Marketing and finding more clients
- Developing a better command of anatomy
- Better class time management
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