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How to Do a Handstand

A handstand can be performed in gymnastics, on a skateboard, or as part of an exercise routine. Strengthen your arms and learn to balance on your hands and see the world differently.


  • Step 1: Face wall Choose a wall surrounded by adequate open space to practice your handstand. Face the wall, standing a few feet away from it.
  • Step 2: Lunge Begin with both feet together. Reach your arms straight up and keep them close to your ears. Step your dominant leg forward into a lunge, keeping it slightly bent. Then reach for the ground with your hands as your kick your back leg up toward the ceiling, with the dominant leg following.
  • TIP: The dominant leg is often opposite of the hand you write with.
  • Step 3: Squeeze Keep your fingers pointing forward. Squeeze your bottom, thighs, and ankles together as your legs meet and you balance on your hands. Rest your heels against the wall.
  • Step 4: Keep straight Stretch your body by pointing your toes up toward the ceiling. Keep your back straight and your butt tucked under.
  • Step 5: Return to start When you are ready to come down, bring your dominant leg down first and then return to the beginning position.
  • Step 6: Try without wall Practice. Try doing a handstand away from the wall once you can support yourself.
  • FACT: Women's artistic gymnastics was added to the Olympics in 1928 at the Amsterdam games.

You Will Need

  • Wall
  • Open space
  • Determination

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