The Art of Hand-Balancing

Things you need to know to start your hand-balancing journey
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Created by shahaankaushik

Published on Jun 27, 2024
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The Art of Hand Balancing

Learning the art of hand balancing is one of the most time-consuming and perseverance demanding skills to learn, especially the advanced versions of it. The good part? You can do it anytime, anywhere you can find some empty space with a flat surface.

A person changing shapes through their legs and coordinating almost every muscle in their body while maintaining a one-arm handstand is one of the coolest things I have seen a person do. Hand balancing looks so fascinating, and it might even look impossible to someone who's not aware of the science behind it. 

Similar to how humans stand on their feet, with their weight not completely shifted to one part of their foot but maintaining a balance between different parts of the foot, it is also how we balance on our hands. Though the weight is slightly shifted towards the fingers, with them spread apart to counter over-balancing and falling on your back. The fingers play a huge role in gripping the floor like a claw. Since most of us have not been walking on our hands since our childhood, it's fairly okay to say that our brain needs some time to adapt to balancing on our hands, which can vary from person to person.

To begin your handstand journey, you need to have a certain level of shoulder strength and mobility, which a person can build by doing pike push-ups and wall walks. Since I I've been into sports since my childhood, I already had the base strength and mobility required for hand balancing, and therefore I was able to directly start the balancing drills, which saved me some time. For maximum results, it is advised to practice handstand drills about 4-6 times per week as long as you can recover from your workouts. It is very important to warm up your wrists and shoulders before your drills to prevent any injuries. A few things you can do to speed up your hand-balancing journey are to get proper sleep and diet and hire a coach who knows their stuff. 

Hand balancing is a vast field where you can explore many different skill moves of your own. From crow pose to one-arm handstands to several variations of handstand presses, hand balancing variations can be learned in almost any order, with a few exceptions. It's completely your choice if you want to learn handstand push-ups first, one-arm handstands, or something else that might interest you.

Consistency is one of the key traits required to learn hand balancing. It may get frustrating at times, and you might even face many setbacks in your hand-balancing journey, but it's very important to continue putting in the work on a regular basis. The joy a person gets when they see their progress or achieve a new skill is incomparable.

If you ever think that time is running too fast, try doing a handstand. I can't describe this whole ongoing journey of mine in one sentence, but one thing I want to say is that hand balancing helped me view life from a different perspective—well, quite literally.

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