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Handstand Push-Ups

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Type: Strength
Main Muscle Worked: Shoulders
Other Muscles: Triceps
Equipment: Body Only
Mechanics Type: Compound
Level: Expert
Sport: No
Force: Push
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Handstand Push-Ups Guide

Main Muscle: Shoulders

  1. With your back to the wall bend at the waist and place both hands on the floor at shoulder width.
  2. Kick yourself up against the wall with your arms straight. Your body should be upside down with the arms and legs fully extended. Keep your whole body as straight as possible. Tip: If doing this for the first time, have a spotter help you. Also, make sure that you keep facing the wall with your head, rather than looking down.
  3. Slowly lower yourself to the ground as you inhale until your head almost touches the floor. Tip: It is of utmost importance that you come down slow in order to avoid head injury.
  4. Push yourself back up slowly as you exhale until your elbows are nearly locked.
  5. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Caution: Ensure that the floor surface is not slippery and also, if performing for the first time, use a spotter until you get good at this exercise.



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Review: Handstand Push-Ups

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10/10

Feb 14, 2014 7:06 PM: best shoulder exercises but It is really hard if you aren't advanced.



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Mar 23, 2013 1:42 AM: Excellent exercise, nothing eats the shoulders like it.



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Feb 21, 2013 9:24 PM: hold the position for 30 sec in between reps.



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10/10

Jun 15, 2012 2:14 PM: excellent workout to add with shoulders good for balance too



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Jun 11, 2012 11:07 PM: It's a very good excercise, though it's not easy for beginners, so you should progress towards it first :)
Some ways you can do that would be things like super elevated pushups by finding a very high spot, (edge of window)



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10/10

Feb 16, 2012 8:14 AM: proper technique requires you to keep your elbows in towards your body not going out to the side



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10/10

Feb 16, 2012 8:08 AM: This technically isn't a handstand pushup, it's more of a progression towards a true handstand pushup. This exercise is a headstand pushup. A true handstand pushup requires you to elevate your hands on something whether it be books, chairs, or parallel bars and dip your head below the level of your...+See More



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Jan 17, 2012 5:32 PM: I have a friend that does these without a wall he just balances real good.



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5/10

Sep 13, 2011 9:11 AM: Did these a few time. Didn't like the head rush from exerting myself upside down. Much prefer to use a barbell.



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9/10

Aug 14, 2010 2:05 AM: Widen grip for more shoulder work..other than that a great compound exercise. Works triceps,chest,back, shoulders and core. ;)



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