Anyone do handstand pushup work?
- 04-25-2010, 06:49 AM
- 04-25-2010, 02:53 PM
Handstand pushups are probably better for impressing your friends than actual physique development.
I think I could do them if I could ever do a handstand. lol
- 04-25-2010, 07:57 PM
Well in my case I cant do *freestanding* HSPU's lol, I kip up along the wall and have my heels lightly grazing along it as I press up n down. What makes you say they don't/can't significantly aid in physique development though? I would have to beg to differ...excellent movement for delts, traps, upperback/lats, upper chest, triceps, forearms n overall strength and stability. Granted, it is not easy to add resistance as one could to chins n dips for instance, you'd have to use a weight vest, also elevating hands on boxes and dipping past parallel makes it much more intense...freestanding is probably the most difficult but that deals with added balance moreso than just strength....but for most this is not a high-rep movement in even it's simplest BW form. It moves your body through 3 dimensions under resistance and engages a great deal of musculature at once. Are dips, chins, n squats not good for physique development either?? A HSPU is basically a squat for your arms n upperbody
04-25-2010, 09:10 PM
Yeah, I've tried the sliding up the wall thing before. Felt too awkward to me! haha
I'm sure if you could get to the point where you could do multiple hand stand push ups that you'd be in good shape, but if your goal is to improve your physique aesthetics, in my opinion the best way is with a good routine using weights (and dieting, of course). If I could do handstand push ups I wouldn't be doing them to build muscle.
If that's what you want to go for though, totally go for it. I'm sure if you do them you'd get better at controlling your own body weight. I just wouldn't do them solely for the purpose of building muscle or enhancing my physique.
Again, this is opinionated.
04-25-2010, 09:14 PM
I used to be able to do them but now my balance sucks
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04-26-2010, 10:03 PM
I would do them 2 years ago when I couldn't get to the gym often, but if you want to hit the shoulders adequately you need to be leaning against a wall. Freestanding are much more chest involvement. They are like pushups with your legs above you! haha
Also, no, I don't see any need to do them.
04-28-2010, 05:40 PM
04-29-2010, 09:25 PM
CrossFit uses handstand push-ups, but it's not for everyone. It sounds crazy, but find an open space and try to do it like a gymnast. Don't start with the wall. So you'll need to know how to roll if you miss. Heres some info...
Personally, the handstands along with a couple of Olympic lifts is where I think CrossFiters have lost their mind a little. Unless you're really into complex gymnastics movements just try a pike (push-up will high elevated legs).
04-29-2010, 10:34 PM
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