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One Arm Handstand Work – 7-2-12

Rough clips of some decent holds tonight. I’ve been filming from the side more frequently, as it is a LOT more informative for the handstand. DO IT. Still not where I want it to be, but still happy with the overall progress this year.

Read More » | July 3, 2012 | Category: Videos | Comments: 3 | Tags: , , , , ,

One Arm Handstand Work – Start of May 2012

I’ve put such an insane amount of work into the one arm handstand. It is easily the most challenging skill I’ve ever worked. I know I still have a tremendous amount of work to do. There have been ups and downs in training, but here are some clips from the

Read More » | May 14, 2012 | Category: Videos | Comments: 1 | Tags: , , , , , ,

90 degree pushups – negatives – 5-7-12

I worked the 90 degree pushup again in training today. I’m able to push out of one (www.youtube.com – but today I was looking to control the lower down as far as I could go. I used three set-ups of increasing height. The boxes were a bit harder to transition,

Read More » | May 7, 2012 | Category: Videos | Comments: 3 | Tags: , , , ,

Reverse Muscle-up aka “Elevator” Training

The evolution past handstand pushups – I’ve been working with my hands on tall boxes to replicate the “elevator”. Decent results. The body leans towards the wall slightly, and notice how the elbows/arms move behind the torso. Careful with the set-up – it’s easy to flip over and/or put yourself

Read More » | April 9, 2012 | Category: Videos | Comments: none | Tags: , , , ,

90 degree pushups – low

What to do after handstand pushups? Here’s a start – 90 degree pushups. They were feeling good this week. Here I’ve clustered 3 together (~10 sec rest between each). I am working to get low enough until I eventually get down to a back lever-like position and then pull back

Read More » | February 18, 2012 | Category: Videos | Comments: 11 | Tags: , , , , ,

Random Training Clips – Summer 2011

Haven’t uploaded a video for awhile, so here are some random clips from my training. I don’t think they’re too amazing – there is a difference between training and performing – but they’ll give you an idea of some of the exercises I’ve been working recently. It’s been very heavy

Read More » | September 7, 2011 | Category: Videos | Comments: none | Tags: , , , , ,

Always Sunny in Philadelphia Circus School

Took a trip to the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts at the beginning of March to work my one arm handstand – (www.phillycircus.com ) Met Lin Junming there, who was a fantastic teacher. I wrote up all I learned, and my thoughts here – (www.beastskills.com ) I’ll apologize for the

Read More » | March 23, 2011 | Category: Videos | Comments: none | Tags: , , , , , ,

Blindfolded Handstand

This video was inspired by Eddie Motter. He was a gymnast in the 1950′s who was totally blind. While this is a pretty short hold – just to show you it can be done – Eddie could hold a handstand for over 3 minutes! Are we truly as limited as

Read More » | February 22, 2011 | Category: Videos | Comments: none | Tags: , , , , ,

Men’s Health Magazine “How Fit Are You?” Contest

My submissions and eventual winners for Men’s Health Magazine “How Fit Are You?” Contest in 2007. First video shows clapping HSPU, one arm chin-up, and more. Second video, with its 4:30 am shoot time, is decidedly rougher, but I really like the press at the beginning. To answer the inevitable

Read More » | February 15, 2011 | Category: Videos | Comments: none | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

How to Improve your Handstand in 2 minutes!

Hello all, In this video I’m sharing a great technique that can increase your overhead range of motion, thereby improving your handstand. I’ve found it very helpful in my one arm handstand training. I hope it helps your training too! Big thanks to Mike Choi (www.dcurbanfitness.com ) who first showed

Read More » | January 15, 2011 | Category: Videos | Comments: none | Tags: , , , ,

How to Improve your Handstand in 2 minutes!

Hello all, In this video I’m sharing a great technique that can increase your overhead range of motion, thereby improving your handstand. I’ve found it very helpful in my one arm handstand training. I hope it helps your training too! Big thanks to Mike Choi (www.dcurbanfitness.com ) who first showed

Read More » | January 15, 2011 | Category: Videos | Comments: none | Tags: , , , ,

Acrobatic Chairs Act

I just performed my first solo acrobatic chairs act the other weekend for the grand opening of one of my gym’s new locations (www.balancegym.com) Had several poses, and I’ve included the best in here. My witty banter in between was minimally thought out and practiced, but it went well enough.

Read More » | September 23, 2010 | Category: Videos | Comments: none | Tags: , , , ,

Acrobatic Chairs Act

I just performed my first solo acrobatic chairs act the other weekend for the grand opening of one of my gym’s new locations (www.balancegym.com) Had several poses, and I’ve included the best in here. My witty banter in between was minimally thought out and practiced, but it went well enough.

Read More » | September 23, 2010 | Category: Videos | Comments: none | Tags: , , , ,

Assisted One Arm Handstand Pushup

In 1954, Roger Bannister was the first man to run a sub-4-minute mile. Within 3 years, 16 other runners had also. The psychological barrier had been broken. The one arm handstand pushup holds a similar mystique. While some say it is impossible, others are busy training for it. I’ve been

Read More » | January 29, 2010 | Category: Videos | Comments: 1 | Tags: , , , ,

Fingertip Handstand

Hey guys, just posting a quick video showing my fingertip handstand from a month ago (with only 8 fingers used). I’ve worked up to this point by practicing pushups on my fingertips, then elevating my feet over time to put more weight on my fingers. The balance isn’t too difficult,

Read More » | January 22, 2009 | Category: Videos | Comments: 2 | Tags: , , , , ,

Live in Tortola? Train with me! (plus a new seminar)

Hi guys, this is Jim from BeastSkills.com – www.beastskills.com I know this is a long shot, but I wanted to see if any of my fans lived in Tortola and wanted to meet up for a training session. I’ll be there the end of January on a family vacation. If

Read More » | January 5, 2009 | Category: Videos | Comments: none | Tags: , , , , , ,

Handstand Walking – Stepping up and down off a bench

Just a video of me stepping up, then stepping back down from a weight bench while in a handstand position. If you have a solid handstand pushup, the technique isn’t too difficult. Just come at the bench stomach first, put one hand up, lower your chest to the edge of

Read More » | November 17, 2008 | Category: Videos | Comments: none | Tags: , , , ,

Thanks to all Seminar Participants!

Hey guys, just wanted to thank everyone who was able to come out to the Seminar yesterday. I had a lot of fun, and I hope you learned a lot. If anyone has a question about anything I covered in the seminar, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Next –

Read More » | November 10, 2008 | Category: Videos | Comments: none | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Quick Tip for your Planche

Hey guys, just a quick tip for those of you working on the planche. If you don’t have a set of parallettes, try a set of dumbbells or pushup handles to work your exercises on. I’ve found it’s less wear and tear on the wrists. More tips and exercises for

Read More » | November 4, 2008 | Category: Videos | Comments: none | Tags: , , , , ,

Beast Skills Seminar – Nov 9th, 2008

Hey guys, this is Jim from BeastSkills.com. This video is to let you know of a gymnastic seminar I’m holding Sunday, November 9th, 2008, from 9am to 12 noon at Potomac Crossfit (www.PotomacCrossfit.com) in Arlington, VA. I’ll be covering basic and advanced handstand work, as well as basic and advanced

Read More » | October 17, 2008 | Category: Videos | Comments: none | Tags: , , , , , ,

Beast Skills – Back from Ryan Lee’s Bootcamp

Hello all, this is Jim from www.BeastSkills.com – a site dedicated to teaching you old-school bodyweight strength skills. Things like one arm chinups, handstand pushups, one arm handstands, and the like. I just got back from Ryan Lee’s Bootcamp in Connecticut, and despite it being 2am, I’m posting this quick

Read More » | September 22, 2008 | Category: Videos | Comments: none | Tags: , , , , , , ,