View Full Version : Planche and handstand questions

Jane Michel
05-04-2008, 07:06 AM
Planche - how do you build up strength for the planche if you cannot do the Frog Stand as Coach Sommer recommends in http://www.dragondoor.com/articler/mode3/229/? I've tried doing in on the floor, parallel bars and rings but my arms just can't seem to support my weight that way.

Handstand - when I first started practicing it a week ago I could get upside down against the wall and back upright again fine. But when I started practicing it with tension throughout the body I can't seem to get down fine the same way? My body can't seem to bend back and I have to push my head against the wall so that my body will fall.. and the landing is ugly. Is there something I should or should not be doing?

Steven Low
05-04-2008, 09:15 AM
For handstands, Roger's article is pretty much what you wanna do. Work up to body facing the wall. If you can get straight... it's pretty much VERY easy to come down. As for body facing the wall, work on your forward rolls and such so you can just roll out of it.


For planches there are multiple ways you can approach this probably the best way is regular strength and then assisted work. For strength, rings pushups, dips, pseudo planche pushups, and really pretty much any type of pressing work you can think of. For holds, put your feet about shoulder level and do lean forwards. In a body facing the wall handstand you can start walking your hands out with your feet on the wall to about planche position and then go back up to handstand. Suprisingly effective.

Ari Kestler
05-04-2008, 11:03 AM
How do you do pseudo planche pushups? Do pushups on rings with your feet out lightly supported by something like rings or a box?

Steven Low
05-04-2008, 04:27 PM
http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/599/exerciseringspseudoplpuqz9.th.jpg (http://img443.imageshack.us/my.php?image=exerciseringspseudoplpuqz9.jpg)

Hurray for MS Paint.

Kevin Perry
05-04-2008, 08:53 PM
Very illustrative Steven.

BTW: Rings = Newfound love

Jane Michel
05-04-2008, 11:23 PM
lol thanks Steven!

Garrett Smith
05-05-2008, 06:03 AM
The York Handbalancing course has some good ideas to start.


Jane Michel
05-05-2008, 05:32 PM
That looks like a useful website - thanks Garrett!

When in the pseudo planche position.. the left position in Steven's picture, are you supposed to be in the hollow position? Yesterday and today I tried it and have painful lower back spasms on the right side when I do it now and when I brisk walk/run so probably my form is wrong :|

Steven Low
05-05-2008, 05:36 PM
Yes... preferably close to straight but slightly hollow is fine. Arch is a no-no.