9/5/12

Handstands are a great way to increase upper body strength and core strength, as well as teach coordination nd proper body positioning for overhead lifts.  Plus, their cool when you can hold them for a while!  Here are some tips from gymnast, Amy Van Deusen:

Once you get into a handstand, check your form and positioning. Try to be as straight as possible:

  • Keep your legs straight and together, with your toes pointed towards the ceiling.

     

  • Tighten your stomach and back so you aren't arching your back or bending in the hips.

     

  • Peek at your hands, but don’t stick your head out.

     

  • Push down through your palms so your shoulders and arms are fully extended, elbows always locked out.

Skill:
15 minutes of handstand practice

Wod:
2 minutes max rep thrusters (95/65)
1 minute max rep pull ups
3 minutes rest
2 minutes max rep thrusters
1 minute max rep pull ups

Christian blew through these overhead squats.  Active shoulders?  Locked out elbows?  You bet.