The handstand push up is without a doubt, one of the most powerful upper body exercises you can do for adding strength & muscle to your shoulders and entire upper body.
In addition to the benefits of adding strength and muscle mass, the handstand push up will make your shoulders feel 100 x healthier than ever before.
Your abs will become tighter & stronger from performing handstand push ups, your triceps will become stronger and more muscular and as you’re about to see in the 2nd video below, the handstand push up will also improve your strength in all of your upper body resistance exercises.
Check out the first video on how to correctly perform a handstand push up:
There is a progression to building up to the handstand push up as well.
Most can not just jump into the handstand push up and begin cranking out reps.
But first, watch this 2nd video of “Curls” smashing the strongman Log Clean & Press at the 2008 DeFranco’s Strongman Challenge, where Curls tooks 1st place in the college division.
Curls attributed his prowess in the log clean & press to his daily practice of the handstand push up.
The Progression We Use: When Curls first started practicing the handstand push up he was scared to be upside down and could not perform 1 rep.
So we began with handstand holds for time against the wall.
Slowly, we progressed to mini reps, where only a partial range of motion was used.
After a few mini reps, we would hold the lock out position for time.
Soon after, we progressed to 1 full rep and then holds for time.
Then it was 2 reps and holds for time.
Remember, strength is a skill, practice it often if you want to improve.
The previous video on hand walking will improve your handstand push up strength.
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