Episode 2: L-shape - hips above shoulders

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Natalie Reckert
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Joined: 17 Sep 2019, 21:14

Hiya,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

I do agree that there are many shapes out there in which you can hold a handstand and it is really important to have some fun moments of balance too!

100 years ago even in gymnastics everyone did a banana handstand.

It all depends a bit where you want to go with it. If you want to practice shapes or one arm handstands shoulder mobility is super useful.

My advice would be to rather save a bit on the strength exercises in terms of reps and do a clean shoulder opener with the arms in a 75° angle from the floor on the wall and allowing the whole chest and shoulderline to sink down towards the floor/ wall.
Try to do this between every (really every) exercise and hild for 20 seconds.
So basically every break you take, use it for a shoulder stretch.

In my experience with students thsi has shown great results over the course of two months.
But you need to be strickt and do it betwen every exercise.

Hope this helps, let me know how it goes,
Best,
Natalie
Katja
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Joined: 03 May 2021, 15:52

Hi Natalie,
This is a great advice!!!
Wow!
I'll totally do this!
After every exercise I'll stick a shoulder opener by standing (on my hands, belly to wall) in a diagonal against the wall.
Never came up with that!

Thanks for this.
And haha, no, I don't plan to do one-arm handstands or so, I just want to be able to do a decent nice at least 10 sec hold handstand. Every attempt should be a succes and it would be nice if I learned to come up in a slow controlled manner. With a straddle perhaps ones....
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Natalie Reckert
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Joined: 17 Sep 2019, 21:14

Hiya,

I meant a shoulder opener standing on your feet :) but of course you can do one in a hnadstand too!

I meant the one where you stand on your feet facing the wall and then you place your hands on the wall with the arms in a 75° angle from the floor.
Then you allow the chest to open to the wall/floor.
Katja
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Joined: 03 May 2021, 15:52

Hi Natalie,
Oh, that shoulder opener! Haha, thanks. That's easier in between exercises. I'll do both ways (on feet/on hands) alternately. Makes the episode harder, but that's only good preparation!
Thanks from Katja
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