The Handstand Challenge

I must be in a rather strange mood to overcome some of the fears I had when I was a child, things I previously couldn’t master now somehow seems to evoke an inner voice within me that keeps telling me that I need to give it another try. I gave running a try and now I’m almost ready to do a 5K run. I still haven’t grasped the fact that I’ve come this far. This time I’ve decided that I am going to take on The Handstand Challenge!

Surely you’ve done a handstand against a wall at school, I hear you ask. Well I tried, but never succeeded and it didn’t make things better that I was afraid of falling over. But that certainly was one of the reasons to why I didn’t manage to do a handstand at all. I leave the wise words to Master Yoda:

“You must unlearn what you have learned” – Taking on a new challenge is about letting go of all fears and believing that you can do it. When I found an epic step-by-step progression guide by Chris Salvato (handstand Jedi Master) for beginners on how to do a freestand handstand I knew I wanted to give it a tr…*ehem* I wanted to do it!  Whether you’re a Star Wars nerd, Padawan, Yoda fangirl or a mortal being, you definitely should read Chris’ inspiring and humours post on how to master the art of handstanding.

By practising for at least 5 minutes a day, I’ll be able to do a headstand within a month or two. Being able to spare 5 minutes a day isn’t very much when you think of it. The key to succeeding is to systematically and gradually introduce yourself to the handstand, to be upside down, and to rely on your hands to support you. Anyone can do it! I know it’s an odd date to start at (I should have started on the 1st of June), but I can’t have any excuses. I start The Handstand Challenge today! I’m going to document it as time goes by. It will be fascinating to see my progress and serve as a motivator that I’m getting one step closer to doing a handstand. Here we go Yoda…time to work on those fears, my inner core and those weakling arms in order to look super cool while being upside down.

May the force be with me!

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6 thoughts on “The Handstand Challenge

  1. So glad you posted this, Olivia! One of my goals for 2014 is an unassisted hand stand. I started working with a progression video I saw on YouTube… Right now I’m still stuck on doing them facing away from the wall and climbing the wall, but I will have to check out the link you posted. Nice share!

  2. Oh I’m glad I’m not the only one taking on this challenge. I’ve seen so many inspiring photos of people doing a handstand that I can’t wait until I will be able to achieve that as well. I will be happy to follow your progress. I think once you can fully lean against the wall it will be a lot easier to do a handstand. It’s all about baby step I suppose. I’m not even sure if I can do a regular “plank” or even slightly climb the wall for a few seconds. But, I’m going to do my best. One day we will be there!

  3. No way! A step by step guide for handstands? After I mastered the crow a handstand became my new goal. Thanks for sharing this. I’m taking on the challenge with you. So excited 🙂

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