Zach Even-Esh

The Power of Hand Walking

parallel-bars.jpg I have been a big believer in hand walking ever since my undergrad class in Gymnastics back in 1996.

My instructor was Mr. Gonzalez, he was an All American Wrestler and the owner of a Gymnastics school. He was a no nonsense type of guy. His physique was ripped and rugged, built like he was carved from stone.

One of the students in my class was wrestling for the University as a freshman when Mr. Gonzalez was a Senior. He told me how Mr. Gonzalez would do back flips to escape from take downs and was the most explosive guy on the mat

The gymnastics class was 90 minutes in length, 2 x week.

At least 30 minutes each class was spent on “gymnastics conditioning exercises”, using countless hand walking drills on the floor and on various apparatus, along with jump training for lower and upper body.

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These drills challenged me, especially the hand walking drills. The guys who did not have a wrestling background were hurting big time during the conditioning sessions, I truly felt bad for them!

Ironically, MANY of us in the class were former wrestlers, so it was common ground for us to train hard, but the drills we did were unlike anything we ever experienced before. Especially back in the mid 90s where there was no such thing as “functional training”.

We all did the bodybuilding workouts so even though we looked big and strong, this was a whole new world for all of us.

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The cool thing is that you don’t need to use gymnastics equipment to derive the benefits of hand walking or any type of training on the hands, all of which is incredibly intense and effective to jack up the shoulders and arms.

– Get a training partner to hold your ankles

– Get furniture movers if on carpet or turf

– Get a dolly from a hardware store and wear gloves, walking on cement

I don’t know of any other bodyweight movement that matches the effectiveness of hand walking for upper body strength and abdominal training. You need to try it yourself, plain and simple. Not only will you get stronger, but also healthier.

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2 Responses to The Power of Hand Walking

  1. meelendra says:

    hey great article am definately gonna do more handwalking…could you please tell me about the benefits hand walking on parallel bars

    • Zach says:

      Hand walking is excellent for shoulder, tricep and overall upper body strength.

      This also helps build shoulder stability. Keep crushing it!

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Zach Even-Esh is an Author, Founder of The Underground Strength Gym & Creator of The Underground Strength Coach Certification.

Zach's inspiration in training comes from the Golden Era of Bodybuilding & Days of Old School Strength. His mission is to help You kick ass & take names in Life AND Lifting without the hype, fancy fads or gimmicks. Zach's Commitment To Your Success Is Unmatched. He Knows What It's Like To Go From A Weakling To An Unstoppable BEAST In Charge Of His Life, Business & Destiny. Zach Made It Happen Through The Iron and Now it's Your Turn!

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