Despite the recent surge in popularity of bodyweight training, I find a curious lack of one form of training that I was sure would be making a comeback in a big way. What I am talking about is the lost art of hand-balancing which used to be a big part of the training routines of many of the greatest strength names of the 20th century: Otto Arco, Bert Goodrich, John C. The art of hand-balancing, of course, goes back centuries before that. Sure barbells and dumbbells were a part of their training, but they were also masters of boxing, wrestling, gymnastics, and several other components of oldtime physical culture. Many were as adept at performing bodyweight feats as they were at lifting any barbell. Jowett was one of the strongest men of all time; he would know… Of course, it should be obvious that the incredible wrist power and stability built from hand-balancing would be very valuable for EVERY athlete.
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My intentions were admittedly to be able to show off in a more dramatic manner…. I thought that holding a hand stand and being able to walk around on on my hands was just about one of the coolest things ever. This was a case of making several classic mistakes: the first was attempting to jump in at a level far above what I was capable of, the second was not having any kind of plan and the third, was completely ignoring the written directions not that it would have done much good, given the other afore-mentioned issues.
To these you can also add in my own unrealistic expectations so its pretty easy to understand why things ended up the way they did. Despite my initial lack of success, my fascination with hand balancing skills still remained…. Many of the oldtime strength athletes used hand balancing as a way to build incredible strength and upper body development. It took a little while, a few decades, in fact, but eventually my interest in hand balancing came back in a big way.
One of the most important things that happened was that I no longer expected to become an expert over night…. I had the motivation and I had the wisdom, but what I was lacking was a plan. It an amazing stroke of luck that right around this time, and thirdly , that Bill Hinbern also came out with a fantastic training guide which outlined decades of hand balancing knowledge.
With this guide in hand, I was no longer in the dark as far as how and where to get started. This is the course that helped me get started. How to quickly and easily solve the common problems of unbalancing and overbalancing two of the most important things you can know.
The best ways to fall safely and correctly info which you will NEED to know. The 16 preliminary exercises with and without equipment that you can use to build a solid foundation. A selection of 7 barbell exercises to use in preparation for hand balancing workout, AND suggestions on the specific days of the week to focus on them. The 4 basic parts of the perfect hand balance and why you will end up flat on your face if you leave out any of them. Twenty Advanced Hand balancing moves guaranteed to impress anyone.
How to perform a hand stand from the seated position. The most difficult part of the Backward Roll up into The Handstand and a quick tip for conquering it easily.
The hand Balancing movement that is also one of the very best for building abdominal strength. Four different stretching exercises for maintaining strong, flexible shoulders. The One most important thing to remember above all else for hand balancing success. Yes, it took plenty of practice to be able to do this. Today, the know-how is now right in front of your face. You have a chance to not just get started, but to get started at the best possible place and know exactly what you should be doing.
The course is paperback, consiste of 72 pages, profusely illustrated with dozens of rare pen and ink drawings and has a heavy-stock cover. An Anatomy chart, kilo to pounds conversion table and full list of resources are also included. Skip to content. I used to fall flat on my face…. Let me tell you what made the difference:. Big guys can learn handbalancing too: Doug Hepburn balanced with ease at a bodyweight of lbs. The very specific and exact ways that your body maintains a sense of balance and why understanding them will be critical to your hand balancing success 2.
How to quickly and easily solve the common problems of unbalancing and overbalancing two of the most important things you can know 3. How your hands and fingers must be positioned for the perfect handstand 5. The 16 preliminary exercises with and without equipment that you can use to build a solid foundation 6.
A selection of 7 barbell exercises to use in preparation for hand balancing workout, AND suggestions on the specific days of the week to focus on them 7. The 4 basic parts of the perfect hand balance and why you will end up flat on your face if you leave out any of them 8.
How to correctly use a wall for hand balancing practice The best locations and positions for your gym mats The 2 keys to practicing hand balancing with or without a partner How to perform a handstand from a cartwheel Twenty Advanced Hand balancing moves guaranteed to impress anyone Seven different methods for progressing to the one armed hand stand How to walk up and down stairs on your hands How to perform a hand stand from the seated position The most difficult part of the Backward Roll up into The Handstand and a quick tip for conquering it easily Details for mastering the MOST impressive hand balancing feat of all… The hand Balancing movement that is also one of the very best for building abdominal strength Four different stretching exercises for maintaining strong, flexible shoulders The One most important thing to remember above all else for hand balancing success An Anatomy chart of all the major muscle groups A Full resource section for all equipment described and used throughout the course.
The Basic Hand Stand: All other skills can only be accomplished by mastering this movement. Not bad for a former nose guard with zero previous gymnastic experience!
Staggered Balancing: Another challenge is to hold a balance with your hands at different heights. One of the most popular methods of doing this is using a common kitchen chair but you can learn to do it just about anywhere.
Narrow Balancing: Adjusting the width of your base is another way to work on different skills. If you want to improve your overhead press, this movement builds tremendous shoulder strength and stability. So Get Started Already!
Hand-Balancing for Muscular Development by Bill Hinbern is a paper and ink printed course and is not available in e-book format. The contents and topics covered in this course can be found else where on this page.
Hand-Balancing for Muscular Development by Bill HInbern
Hand Balancing for Muscular Development