Handstand push-ups are an advanced variation of normal push-ups. They may require you to be balanced on your hands rather than resting them on the floor – but in reality, handstand push-ups are just as simple as a normal push-up.
Handstand push-ups combine two of the most challenging exercises – the inverted position press and a plank – into one extremely demanding move. If you’re a master of the standard push-up and can easily complete sets of 20 or more reps, then you’re probably ready to take things to the next level. If you’re not quite there yet, look no further than our handy guide for some expert advice on how to master handstand push-ups safely and effectively.
I have reached my destination in New Brunswick, hanging out with Dan Go and Eric Wong.
We hang out in the living room, swatting mosquitoes while we work on our blog posts and articles. It has been great chatting with them about what they are working on, doing, and training.
Now for what I’ve got for you today.
I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s post on how to do a handstand against the wall.
Today, Logan has a progression for the handstand that you can give a try; you can check out what he does here:
Rick Kaselj: You saw what Logan did, and now we will talk a little about what Logan did. But first, I get Logan to introduce himself.
So Logan, who are you, and why do you do those things?
Logan Christopher: My name is Logan Christopher from Santa Cruz, California. I just got into exercising and wanted to go as far as possible, having fun by doing handstand push-ups, kettlebell juggling, and all kinds of crazy stuff. I pulled fire trucks by my hair; that’s what I do.
Rick Kaselj: You wrote an article on exercises for injuries about handstands, and now that the progression is to do the handstand push-ups. Maybe you can talk about the benefit of like doing a handstand and progressing to handstand push-ups.
Logan Christopher: Sure. So with the handstands, some of the benefits are you are inverted, which actually if you look at some Yoga information it is great for your health just getting in that reverse flow of gravity you are training your whole body as one unit, learning on how to use it with some coordination balance even against the wall.
Working on the handstands and then going to handstand push-ups is a phenomenal exercise to build strength, coordination, and other things. For most people, it is not a coordinated move the first time they try. So when you do it in the open, it takes a lot more, which takes quite a bit more training. Still, you don’t even need to do that to get the benefits of doing it, even against the wall.
Convo with Logan Christopher
Rick Kaselj: And it is a neat party trick. You can knock that out and entertain people from it.
Logan Christopher: Absolutely, I have entertainment with parties.
Rick Kaselj: Have a look at the article where Logan talks about working on doing handstands. There are a lot of benefits from the handstand side of things, and you can end up progressing to the handstand push-ups. Do you have any other things that you want to add?
Logan Christopher: I would say this, the reason that I got into handstands was I just saw someone else doing it, and I said wow, I want to be able to do that. It’s not going to be about motivation or anything like that. It is really easy because it is fun to do. It goes a long way to work out things, but if you can find things in your exercise and training that you enjoy and have fun with, you will get more benefits from doing it.
Why Should You Do Handstand Push-Ups?
Handstand push-ups are the way to go if you’re after a full-body workout that pushes you to the limits. If you’re reading this, then it’s likely that you’re already aware of the benefits of handstand push-ups. You may even be wondering if there are other exercises that can be as effective. Handstand push-ups are incredibly demanding exercises and require a high level of strength and balance to perform. Because they’re such an advanced exercise, you’ll reap serious fitness rewards.
Rick Kaselj: Yeah. And if you are the challenging person that Logan is, it is something you can work up to. Logan, where can people get more information about you?
Logan Christopher: LegendaryStrength.com that’s my main website; all sorts of information are there.
Rick Kaselj: About incredible feats of strength or pure entertainment, so either/or.
Logan Christopher: Yes, like juggling kettlebells.
Rick Kaselj: Yes, we were watching some of it last night.
Logan Christopher: It’s fun stuff and also fun to watch. You can find my Youtube channel and look around, and you will be entertained.
Rick Kaselj: If you would like to progress to handstand push-ups, you can check out The Ultimate Guide to Handstand Push-ups that Logan put together.
Take care and bye-bye.
Rick Kaselj, MS