best handstand resource

There are plenty of good resources for teaching handstand. The best of the best is a 60 page booklet edited by TumblTrak’s Carrie Spender Lennox.

TumblTrak gives away the booklet when you purchase a piece of handstand training equipment.

perfect handstand

At USAG Congress 2014 Carrie and Michelle Kocan presented on the topic. Here are their Powerpoint slides.

1-arm handstand calisthenics


Thanks Dian.

Shang Chunsong – missing handstands

Shang Chunsong is my favourite of the current Chinese Senior Team. Right now she’s worried about her future after disappointing performances on Bars in Nanning.

I was shocked to see a Chinese gymnast miss handstands like this.

Shang Bar handstand
photo posted by ALX BLACK

Chinese coaches put very high priority on saving handstands.

Why Can’t Susie Control Her Handstand?
Leonard Isaacs – saving handstand

(via Pushy Queen)

hilarious Taiso wall crawlers

Warren Long’s GoldenOldies comedy mini-tramp act from the early 1980s got some rave reviews. Here’s that video, if you missed it.

Here’s another funny Taiso video.

Click PLAY or watch 2010 Worlds competitor Jayd Lukenchuk & the boys goofing. This is worth watching. The goal that day was to (somehow) get into handstand on those wall hooks. :-)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (starts 5min 37sec)

Male gymnasts often turn out to be lousy rock climbers. I’m guessing the girls could get into handstand. :-)

Stand with Makayla


Makayla Puddicombe is a normal 13 year old, who was excited to start her summer like all her friends …

At the end of June, when all her classmates were worrying about exams and excited for the end of the school year, Makayla was admitted to the Janeway after tests found a large brain tumor. The tumor was operated on and removed, but the battle wasn’t over yet as the biopsy showed the tumor was cancerous – an aggressive form rarely found in children. Treatment was to include 6 weeks radiation and chemotherapy. Her prescripton alone is expected to cost at least $10 000, not to mention the financial stress her mother will be under as she is unable to work while caring for her daughter.

Campia Gymnastics, Makaylas old club, has come up with the great idea of a Handstand Challenge to help spread awareness for brain cancer and with the challenge, are also asking everyone to donate to Makayla and her family. Makayla would love to see as many handstands as possible, as it will put a smile on her and her families face when they really need it most!

Go Fund Me

If you can tag a handstand photo on twitter or Facebook with #standwithmakayla.

Donations to Go Fund Me would be much appreciated too.

Gymneo TV – handstand alignment

You can watch a teaser video right now. It’s an 8 minute excerpt from a 1 hour+ presentation on how to teach backward giant.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Launch date of their ENGLISH language site is October 25, 2014.

From September 5 through September 25 preorder a subscription and save up to 50% off the regular price.

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Freerunning Europe

An entertaining edit.

… England to Italy, stopping in Germany and Switzerland …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Thanks Vadim.