Jessie, Coach Leslie and Kim demonstrate three ways to scale the handstand push-up. Getting upside down is an essential to developing your athletic potential and becoming âCrossFit.â
Balance is one of the 10 physical skills we seek to develop in our CrossFit training. Most of us can balance perfectly well on two feet. But, what happens when we find ourselves upside down?
Many of us prefer to be right side up, but at any time in your life you might find your world turned about. What if you fall off of something like a ladder or roof. What if you have a car accident and your car flips? What if you have an epic ski fall and land upside down in the snow? Would you have the balance and proprioception to right yourself?
Coach Glassman, founder and CEO of CrossFit, encourages all of us to get upside down. We train this skill weekly in our gym. Everyone starts with downward dog and then progresses to a handstand against the wall. Eventually, we make our way into a freestanding handstand and then handstand walking.
Coach Glassman extolls the value of handstand progressions because:
"âBeing upside down exposes the athlete to, what is for many, a brand new world. Psychologically, physically, and physiologically, inversion is otherworldly. We spend roughly two thirds of our life upright and one third in repose. When upside down most of us lose our breath, orientation, and composure. What this portends for an athlete upended by opponent or accident is calamitous. The difference between tripping and landing on your feet versus knocking your teeth out is profound. Gymnastsâ bike wrecks donât look like weightliftersâ.
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