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Old 04-04-2010, 10:33 PM   #1
Grissim Connery
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Default How to reduce hand slipping during wide arm handstands?

Title is pretty much the question. i've had occasional hand slips, and i normally catch them. i'm just worried that i'm gonna spear my head into the ground and hurt my neck.

i thought of "unnecessary roughness" and "little giants" when the butterfinger receivers put glue on their hands. i don't know if i'm feelin that.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:59 PM   #2
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For Japanese handstands?

Or because you don't have the shoulder mobility to place your hands shoulder width?

If it's the former you need more trap/anterior delt strength. If it's the latter then you may want to work on more shoulder flexibility/mobility...
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Old 04-06-2010, 02:03 AM   #3
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I hadn't really thought of it being a strength issue before. that makes sense though cause pressing harder would increase friction with the floor. i was just wondering if some floors are bad to do it on because they may slip easier, like workin on the splits on a slick floor.
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Old 04-06-2010, 04:18 AM   #4
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What kind of surface are you working it on?

There shouldn't be much of a problem on carpet because of the friction but I've worked it fine in the garage on cement. Wood floors might be a bit more tricky.

If you find your hands slipping, you might want to:

1. spread your fingers out to cover as much surface area as possible and grip the floor with the tips of your fingers as you normally would in a handstand

2. actively push your shoulders away from the floor. "Make your handstand taller". The pressure may help you not just slide away onto your head.

3. Put something soft underneath your head. I can generally roll out or step to the side when doing these off the wall and roll out when pressing to them. At home I do these on my futon mattress. Kind of flexes the wrists more than I'd like but it's softer and quieter so the roommates don't suspect I'm doing HS in my room.
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:51 AM   #5
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my school gym has 2 main surfaces i use. one is a plastic tile walkway. it's kinda slick, and if i do AG walks or different motions with a frisbee on the ground, i do it here.

the other floor is rubber and normally is great for all handbalancing work. there's a little layer of dust on it (they clean it, but it's that dust that just won't go away), and that seems to become a lot more noticeable when i'm trying wide arm handstands. i'll normally take a stomach-facing-wall handstand on this surface and then spread out my hands till it seems decently challenging. i'll just be sitting there, and then my right hand will all the sudden slip an inch or so outwards. this is very disconcerting if i've already found a width that is hard and i've been there for long enough to get tired, because the new width is probably way too hard to handle.
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Old 09-02-2010, 10:26 AM   #6
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Hello there!
It is a hard move you need a lot so strength and for sure a good non slippery floor.
if you post a video i'll be able to help you even more!
all the best.
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