The good, the bad, and the ugly – one arm handstand work winter 2013
I take a lot of videos during training – many are simply to help me see my body positioning. This is a very useful tool for anyone pursuing any skill – handbalancing or weightlifting. Here are many different shots over the past several weeks of my one arm handstand work. Some freestanding, others with a finger assist (which I find helpful in working correct position). As the title suggests, there is good, there is bad, and there is ugly. The side view offers a very educational perspective of my handstand “line” and when I am terribly out of line. Recent talks with other professional handbalancers (thanks Yuval! thanks Yuri!) have my shoulders open and stabilized in a new and different manner – through the lower traps instead of pushed hard/shrugged upward – and I have felt a noticeable difference in practice. I am also working to pull my legs back in line – which also allows for a better opening of the shoulder. Shots taken straight on allow me to see if I keep my legs tight the entire time, and if I stop myself from counter-shifting. This counter-shift is when the legs start moving to the supporting arm side, but then the hips tilt backward the other way. This throws off the balance and kills the one arm handstand. Finally, check my 6 second one armer at the end. A new personal best. Very promising. And a step toward my goal of a 10 second hold.