Friday, September 3, 2010

Hand Balance Workshop Sept. 18th 10:30-1pm

WHAT: Hand Balance Workshop
WHEN: Sept 18th 10:30-1pm
WHERE: CrossFit Central Gym

Go here to reserve your spot!- CLAIM YOUR SPOT

The handstand – a fundamental skill if you are interested in bodyweight exercises. Working it will build strength and help develop total body coordination.

No stunt is more beautiful, more symmetrical, more eye pleasing, more attention-attracting, or more universally admired than the handstand. No stunt is more indicative of highly developed neuro-muscular coordination, controlled strength and power, and skillful daring than the handstand. No stunt is more satisfying to do, more impressive to watch, or more widely performed, than the handstand.

The benefits are many. If you look at any master of this art then you will see a strong man or woman. Put simply, the advanced moves like a pike press or planche take an unbelievable amount of strength across the arms, shoulders, and abs on top of the coordination required.

Look at the arms of any advanced hand balancer and you will see not a bulky 20” arm but one that is capable of many feats of strength. And its not just the upper arm. Even more so is the strength you get in the forearms and hands.
Though the simple handstand does not require an extraordinary amount of strength the various presses such as a hollow back press-up or a freestanding handstand pushup will help you build it. Press your bodyweight with a barbell? All good, but can you actually press your bodyweight?
You see these moves take lots more then just arms and shoulder strength. Most of the power and stability actually comes from the abs and midsection. To hold any position requires a coordinated effort from your entire body even the legs.

The body awareness and muscular control you will develop from practicing these hand balancing skills cannot be beat by any other means. True strength comes from being able to control your efforts to a high ability. Watch a master of this art and you will see someone who can make their body do whatever they want it to…on command.

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