I find that whether I’m teaching beginners or advanced students, the questions that I always get are; how do I make this easier and how do I make this more challenging. My goal is to give you some methods that I use to get the answers to those questions. In other words I will teach
A friend of mine sent me this message: “…I’m getting a good understanding of the anatomy of the muscles, but not very good information about the best way to stretch. It’s my understanding that it has a lot to do with controlling the stretch itself, but some say static is best, others say active stretching with weights
Endurance training is one of the most important elements of handstand training. With every new piece of the handstand puzzle you learn and understand it is always your endurance that will be holding you back. Each part of technique needs to be trained for endurance to make it possible to progress to the next level.
What size handstand blocks should I buy? We currently sell two different sizes of handstand blocks. So how do you know what size is right for you? Well, it all depends on the size of your hand and the spread of your fingers. Hand Position You want to make sure that you can put your
Basic Handstand Endurance When working on endurance, you can use one of four different positions (in order of difficulty, easiest to hardest): face down on the floor, stomach against the wall, spotted free handstand, or unspotted free handstand. (You can also do the endurance progressions in front support, on elbows, 1⁄2 handstand with feet elevated,
Here are some basic exercises to get you started with our Handstand Blocks
During flexibility training, I often get the same question: “where is this supposed to stretch?” The answer: wherever you feel the stretch during your stretch exercises is where it’s supposed to stretch!
Back bending and bridges are great flexibility exercises for your back. They help you increase flexibility and movement in your spine, but if you’re not using proper technique, you could injure yourself.
Improving your flexibility is very much a journey of self discovery. You’ll experience many different sensations throughout your body, including pain. Other than medical professionals, no one can really tell you if what you’re feeling is good pain or bad pain; that’s something you have to learn on your own.
With so many opinions out there about when you should stretch, I wanted to set the record straight and offer my expert advice on the most effective times to stretch during your fitness training program.
You should always include splits and bridges as part of your flexibility training, even if you can’t do them at all in the beginning. They’re great for improving your overall flexibility and range of motion.
I get people on both ends of the spectrum asking me this question. Those who are lazy, but still want results, to those who are focused work-aholics who would work their butts off until they burn out.
Quite often I have clients who are new to stretching who ask me if stretching ever stops hurting. This is one of the reasons that many people simply chose not to stretch, so they can just “avoid” the pain.
Gravity splits are a way to have weight or pressure helping you to increase your flexibility without needing a partner. However, be careful you don’t get stuck!
This stretch might make you nauseous at first, but as you get used to it, and the fascia starts to release then you will gain the ability to stretch deeper in the muscles.
The bottom line is; flexibility comes from being able to relax your muscles into a stretch NOT from contracting and pushing the stretch further.
Like most things, breathing is the most important part of stretching. That said, it is also one of the most difficult parts of stretching.