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Manage a free handstand for one minute

It took a few months of arduous practicing, but yesterday i finally managed a free handstand for one minute, clearing yet another item on my 101-in-1001 list. I have tried to track my handstand practicing, but it is very hard to do. I have always been interested in athletics of various kinds, and at some instance I must have begun practicing. However, I only practiced walking on my hands and I did it very sloppily and infrequently. This summer I started seriously towards walking 100 metres, but I decided that I had to be able to stand correctly before attempting to move around.

Since then (about two months ago), I and Niklas have been practicing our handstand for a couple of hours each week. At first, improvements were rather sluggish, because we experimented a lot with stance, how to get up and things like that. With help from our diving instructors and inspiration, hints and theory from Jim Bathurts of Beast Skills (I highly recommend his website), we have gradually improved, especially in the last two weeks or so. I have been over 50 second for at least a week, but yesterday was the first time I actually stood for more than a minute (63 seconds, to be more precise).

So where do I go from here? Onwards, of course. Niklas’ record is 33 seconds and since I enjoy practicing with him, I will naturally wait at least until he can manage a minute as well (I am pretty sure it will not be very long). I will also work on my arm strength, especially  my forearms and wrists. Standing more than a minute requires quite a bit and it is not the balance I am lacking. Having gained more balance and strength, there are a lot of things to practice on (see Beast Skills for examples!). Gradually, I also intend to shift focus to walking, because a hundred metres is quite some distance and will require lots of training.


  1. Niklas’s avatar

    bara ja får till dom där satans dipparna så e d nog int många försök dit…
    ja måste ju givetvis gå om dig sen ;)


  2. Snigel’s avatar

    Mjo, jag tror faktiskt att det är det som skiljer oss åt. Jag kan hantera dipparna väldigt bra nu, men du har lite kvar på det. Så snart du lärt dig det tror jag att dina rekordtider kommer att börja öka rätt snabbt.