How to Modify The Hand Stand Push Up

The handstand pushup is a fun exercise we do in our Cross Training boot camp in Monmouth County.  This is an impressive exercise that not everyone can do. Besides the fact that they look pretty cool when being performed, this exercise is a major strength builder for the upper body.  With gravity working against you, you are literally turned upside down in a hand stand position (the wall behind you for stability) while your upper body does the work of a pushup.

Why do the handstand pushup? You’ll strengthen multiple muscles including the triceps, shoulders, chest and lats. You’ll engage your core for stability. You’ll improve coordination. Going upside is good for you!  Going upside down, also called an ‘inversion’ provides health benefits for us including increasing circulation, bringing more oxygen flow to the brain, giving spinal discs a brief pause from the normal pressures of gravity, and improving your balance.

A great way to start building the strength to eventually do hand-stand pushups is to do a modified inverted push-up.  You can assist your inversion by doing an inverted pike off of a plyo box or a bench.  You can even go into an upside down ‘v’ on the ground (hands and feet on the ground, hips up in the air to form a bridge) and practice modified handstand push-ups.  You’ll notice a huge difference in the pressure on your shoulders and triceps.  This move can be a major strength builder.

Watch below as Kalyn demonstrates a modified handstand pushup.  Your hands should be slightly in front of your head, forming a triangle between your head and your two hands.  Slowly lower your head to the ground. Keep your head in a neutral position, being careful not to extend the neck.

Video:  Modified Hand Stand Push Up | Boot Camp Monmouth County



About Ultimate Fit Zone

We are a cross training and circuit training boot camp in Monmouth County, NJ.  Our two programs, ZONE 360 and IT 360 are exclusive to our gym.  All of our workouts are written by owner and lead personal trainer, Eddie Albert.   He is a 40 year fitness veteran with a body building, personal training and CrossFit background.  Together with his wife Stacey, a Holistic Nutritionist, the gym offers intense workouts and nutrition focused meal plans to help improve health, boost weight loss and improve athletic performance.

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