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improve your adult gymnastics handstands and presses with these time-tested ideas

If you are looking to improve your adult gymnastics handstands and presses, you're in luck! Enjoy these tips.


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Facing wall handstands with pit block between legs and wall

-You will probably need a friend to put the block in place for you. 

-Keep a straight and tight body with eyes looking between your hands.

-This works your body tension and position without you having to worry about balance.

-Have the friend tell you whether or not you're straight.

Kick up into a sideways Beam handstands. Which side do you repeatedly fall on? 

-Strive to not always fall to the same side. That will mean your handstand is straighter.

-Challenge yourself on how many seconds you can hold.

Floor or beam handstand with 5 split opens and closes on each leg.

-Kick up into a handstand, then do a quick split and close. Try to do 5 in a row and then 5 in a row on the other leg.

-Keep tight legs, but don't worry if your split is 180. It's better to keep hips square for this drill. 

-This helps you find your center of gravity.

Walking forward, backward and sideway (both sides) across floor

-Keep arms as straight as possible by moving through the shoulder girdle rather than by bending your elbow.

-Small steps are better than big steps because you'll keep a better shape.

-Challenge yourself to make it all the way across the floor without coming down. You can also do 4 steps of each type and try to make all the types without coming down.

-This helps you become more comfortable on your hands.

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adult gymnastics press handstandGetting your press handstand will pay dividends on all the events!

Stalder rolls across floor or using 3 panel mats end to end.

-These are easier on the panel mats, harder on the floor.

-Perform a forward roll, straddle your legs, and hold them up in the air as high as you can. Roll again into the next roll by missing your head.

-Try to do as many in a row as you can without feet hitting.

-If your feet hit, it will still help, but that is the goal - to miss your feet.

-This works the bottom part of a press.

Press against a Wedge mat

-Start on your toes, or with toes curled under so you can't push off if you're more advanced.

-Press up while keeping your back against the wedge at all times (especially your lower back).

-Press back down the same way.

Pancake hold w/ butt against wedge 

-Set up on hands with butt against wedge mat  and feet down near the floor in a pancake.

-Walk your arms as close in as you can and still be able to hold for at least 10 sec. (30 is the goal).

-Use abs and hip flexors to close the shape and hold it. 

-This helps you work your compression (how small you can make your shape) to make the press easier.

Seated Stalder Leg Lifts

-Sit in a straddle with both hands next to one knee.

-Keeping legs locked and back rounded, lift the leg into the air as high as you can. Avoid leaning back while lifting.

-If this gets easy, try both legs at once with hands in the middle.

-This isolates the hip flexors, the weak link for many in the press.

Press Down and Press Up

-Start in a handstand. Press down as far as you can while still being able to press back up. Don't worry if it's only a small movement at first.

Press Down Slow

-Start in a handstand

-Press down taking 5 full seconds to get either your feet on the floor or all the way to a floating straddle. 

-Try to make the press down smooth.

Straddle walks forward and backward across floor

-Stand in small straddle, put weight onto arms, and lift feet off floor then pull feet forward in front of hands, then place feet down (they are now in front of hands). Then move arms forward and continue. 

-Backwards is the same in reverse. Use your core to pull the body into a compressed shape.

Medicine Ball Arm Raises in small straddle

-Sit with legs in a small straddle

-Keeping arms straight, lift them straight up so the ball ends up above your head.

-Keep your legs tight and toes pointed the whole time.

I hope you found these handstands and presses drills catered to the adult gymnast helpful!

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Disclaimer: Adult gymnasts and coaches give advice and suggestions on this page. By reading and implementing the information, you assume all liability for injury. The advice given is for educational purposes only. Please check with your in-person coach and ensure that you have the proper pit, mats and/or spot available before trying any suggestions. If you don't agree to these terms, do not attempt anything that you see on this page.

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