Push-ups develop the upper body

How do I learn a handstand push-up?

Make sure you have sufficient distance from the wall to your hands. If you are too close to the wall, you will fall away from the wall or have to overstretch your body severely. However, if you are too far away from the wall, you will no longer be able to hold your body in the correct position. Find the right distance for you by performing the movement and paying attention to your body awareness. The movement of your arms and upper body should feel very similar to that of the overhead push-up with your feet raised.

Start a handstand with your stomach facing the wall. Try to straighten your body as straight as possible. Extend your arms above your head, contract your core muscles, and push your feet up the wall. Your gaze goes between your hands. Maintain tension throughout your body. Now lean a little forward with your shoulders. Bend your arms as you do this. Your head slides down in front of your hands. Your feet slide down the wall. Your forearms stay as vertical as possible. Squeeze your arms together so that your elbows stay above your hands. At the lowest position, your head gently touches the floor. Now you push yourself up hard from your arms and shoulders again. Your repetition ends with a straight handstand on the wall.

Your body moves at an angle to the floor. This is important in order to learn the correct movement pattern and to activate the corresponding muscles. Again, a good way to start this exercise is with negative rep training. To do this, lower yourself slowly and in a controlled manner to the floor and then safely step out of the handstand to the side. If you are more familiar with the exercise and can do a few repetitions down and up, you can try to put more body weight into your hands. Your feet will then be very light and only touch the wall gently. It becomes especially challenging when you raise your hands. The large range of motion of the shoulder and the stretched body position make this exercise really very strenuous! Practice your handstand push-ups on the wall until you can do about 3-5 controlled repetitions at a time. Make sure that you work on your stretched position and body tension in a disciplined manner.

Free handstand push-ups

You should now be strong enough to do the free handstand push-up. However, three additional requirements are important for this: 1) you can safely do the handstand, 2) you can balance the handstand and 3) you can safely exit the handstand, even if you overrule. Make sure you have invested enough time in these three requirements. The sequence of the movement is very similar to that of a handstand push-up on the wall. The key difference is that you now have to keep your balance throughout the entire exercise.

Go for the "Freestanding handstand push up"In the straight handstand position (e.g. with an upswing). Find your balance. You initiate the downward movement again over the shoulders. Your stretched body leans forward slightly. You bend your arms while lowering your head forward and down. Keep a straight line from head to toe. Like a pendulum, head and feet move out of the vertical at the same time. You keep your center of gravity constantly above your hands. When your head has reached the lowest point, pause for a moment and push yourself back up. You stretch out your arms above your head. Your feet reposition themselves over your hips and wrists. Your end position is again the straight handstand.

Negative repetitions are a good way to learn how to balance and move correctly in space. Try to lower yourself slowly and in a controlled manner. Stop the movement at some points to gain even more control over the movement. If you can manage 3-5 negative repetitions in a row without a break, you should have built up enough strength for at least one complete repetition.

If you are still having trouble pressing the handstand, just doing the positive-dynamic part of the exercise can help. You start at the bottom in a handstand with your arms bent and press yourself into the straight handstand. If this works for 3-5 repetitions, all you need to do is join the negative and positive parts of the movement together. Do you want to get stronger? Then raise your hands and lower your body even lower! In general, one speaks of a handstand push-up with full movement amplitude ("Full ROM Handstand Push Up“) When the head can be lowered lower than the hands. This push-up combines a high degree of flexibility, coordination and strength.

Additional training information

The handstand push-up is a very technical exercise. The movement pattern is complex and it is important that you focus on controlled and conscious execution with each repetition. You should avoid technical mistakes and muscle fatigue so that your nervous system learns the correct movement pattern. We recommend that you film your training every now and then and analyze your movements.

In order to become stronger and to make progress in bodyweight training, the intensity of an exercise in particular plays a crucial role. Generally, you can do multiple reps of a medium-intensity exercise, whereas you can do a few reps of a high-intensity exercise. We generally recommend that you practice exercises with high intensities in several sets. If you can do about 5-10 repetitions at a time from one exercise, then you can venture into the next exercise. Of course, you can also try out the next level of exercise beforehand. However, you shouldn't train constantly with exercises that are still too difficult for your abilities. Here are three examples of your training:

Practice medium intensity exercises with the 3x10 scheme (3 sets of 10 repetitions each).

Practice high-intensity exercises using the 5x5 scheme (5 sets of 5 repetitions each).

Train exercises with the highest intensity with the scheme 5-8x2-4 (5-8 sets of 2-4 repetitions each).