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.
You want to make sure that you can put your hand flat on the block and have your thumb on one side, 2 fingers at the front of the block, and the other 2 fingers on the side opposite your thumb. See fig. 1.1 below.
Do not hold the block this way! It puts your shoulders in an internal rotation, which means that it will throw off the entire alignment of your body. See fig. 1.2 below.
You want to make sure that your thumb joint is supported by the block. This will prevent overuse injuries to the thumb area. Also, by making sure your thumb is supported, it will put your hand in the correct shape to make sure you’re training your grip in a flat supported shape, rather than allowing for “cupping” to happen under your palm when you squeeze with your fingers. See fig. 2.1 below.
If you have not yet ordered blocks, you can use a diagram to help you select the proper size. Our large blocks are 12cm x 15cm., our small blocks are 10cm x 15cm. See fig. 2.2 below.
Block is too large
The hand can not reach the correct position (ring finger). See fig 3.1 below.
Block is too small
Thumb is not properly supported. In this position, the hand would have to ‘cup’ to allow proper grip. See fig 3.2 below.