Mikael Kristiansen and Emmet Louis are both international teachers of handbalancing and flexibility and have spent big chunks of their lives studying and understanding all aspects of these skills professionally both as performers and teachers. With the Handstand Factory, they now want to demystify and simplify the process of learning handstands and the relevant flexibility, and make it accessible to anyone wanting to learn to stand on their hands.
The Handstand Factory came into being off the back of a conversation Emmet Louis and Mikael Kristiansen had one time. They were discussing their training history and its similarities. The good old days, pre youtube, of trawling the depths of the internet forums to find hints and clues as to how to learn this and that technique. So, ten years later, they decided to make the course that they, back in the day, were looking for, and went on to publish their first program for advanced handbalancing: The Handstand Factory – Push Harder.
We began Handstand Factory in 2018 with our first program “Push Harder”, which aimed to fill a void in the market: a clear roadmap for achieving a one arm handstand.
On the back of the success of Push Harder, we produced three more entry level online courses for handstands throughout 2019: Push (beginners handbalancing), Keep Pushing (intermediate handbalancing) and Press (Press to Handstand), as well as a free forearm conditioning program called Grip. We have since rolled out two updates on our first program, and one on our base syllabus, and are currently working on our third update, which will include a comprehensive overhaul of the Push Harder manual. Throughout 2021, we aim to add many more online programs to our current syllabus – Stay tuned!