I’ve been hand balancing for several years now, but I actually got my start in hand balancing from CrossFit.
Yup, I was an avid CrossFitter for several years and used to teach parkour classes out of a CrossFit gym in Colorado Springs. I got my first muscle up while CrossFitting, hit a Fran PR of 5:55, and got my first freestanding handstand. It was nothing special, but I was proud of it at the time.
Back when I first started learning handstands, it was mostly because of how much it was discussed in CrossFit circles. HSPU (Handstand Pushups, for those who live under a rock) felt relatively common, and I wanted to get better at my WODs…so I started focusing on hand standing against the wall. As my HSPU got better and better, I wanted to move away from the wall, so I started taking the necessary steps to do that.
Unfortunately, it took me over 12 months of training and research to get away from the wall and start performing freestanding handstands. That’s is a big difference from the 4-8 weeks that most people experience when they work with me now.
The key for me was to actually look outside of CrossFit for advice, and I found a lot of great advice on hand balancing when I started branding out from CrossFit into parkour.
Since then, I have trained hundreds of people to get their first handstand, and thousands have started the 28 day handstand challenge. A lot of people who sign up for the challenge mention that they are signing up specifically to get better at handstands for CrossFit.
This article will help you get better at Freestanding Handstands or Handstands for CrossFit. Read More…