BEND
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The Mexican Handstand

Bend teaches the Mexican Handstand, also known as the hollowback handstand, and its variations. This program covers how to develop the strength and flexibility in your backbend and then teach your body to access it while handbalancing to accomplish this challenging but rewarding skill.

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  • 26 EXPLANATION VIDEOS
    Watch and rewatch the exercise explanations, demos and technical lectures at your own pace

  • 60 PAGE MANUAL
    Available as a PDF, or can also be bought in print

  • ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS
    Backbend flexibility modules and Chair, Four, Seven, Straddle, and Split Mexican shapes

  • 8-12 MONTHS OF PROGRAMMING
    Step-by-step program templates are included, with guided advancement

  • COMMUNITY FORUM

  • LIFE-TIME ACCESS

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What You Get

The goal of Bend is to teach you the freestanding Mexican handstand and some variations based on it. In particular, we are focusing on how to develop flexibility in the backbend and then how to apply this flexibility to your handstand practice, teaching your body to access this while balancing. Mexican-style handstands could be a complete practice by themselves or can fit into a rounded handstand practice.

By the end of this program, our aim is for you to be able to perform a Mexican handstand, a floor bridge and variations of the Mexican-style handstand such as the four or chair, the half-split Mexican and the tucked-leg Mexican.

What You Get

The goal of Bend is to teach you the freestanding Mexican handstand and some variations based on it. In particular, we are focusing on how to develop flexibility in the backbend and then how to apply this flexibility to your handstand practice, teaching your body to access this while balancing. Mexican-style handstands could be a complete practice by themselves or can fit into a rounded handstand practice.

By the end of this program, our aim is for you to be able to perform a Mexican handstand, a floor bridge and variations of the Mexican-style handstand such as the four or chair, the half-split Mexican and the tucked-leg Mexican.

Level Intermediate / Advanced
Goals Mexican handstand and its variations: four and chair handstands, half-split and tucked leg Mexican. Flexibility: floor bridge, also known as wheel pose
Duration 8-12 months
Included 26 Videos, 60 Page Manual, Life-Time Access, Forum Support
Prerequisites A consistent 20-30s straight handstand, familiarity with leg movements in a handstand, tuck and straddle shapes
Level Intermediate / Advanced
Goals Mexican handstand and its variations: four and chair handstands, half-split and tucked leg Mexican. Flexibility: floor bridge, also known as wheel pose
Duration 8-12 months
Included 26 Videos, 60 Page Manual, Life-Time Access, Forum Support
Prerequisites A consistent 20-30s straight handstand, familiarity with leg movements in a handstand, tuck and straddle shapes

“The Mexican-style handstands are a family of their own, but also function as a gateway to more advanced contortion-style handstands.”

“The Mexican-style handstands are a family of their own, but also function as a gateway to more advanced contortion-style handstands.”

FROM THE BEND MANUAL

Flexibility Part in Bend

The Bend program draws on Emmet’s Modern Methods of Mobility (M3) syllabus for range-of-motion development, applied expressly for the Mexican family of handstands.  Specifically the program includes methods for improving your bridge – also known as the wheel pose in yoga – with an emphasis on the carry-over to the hollowback handstand variations.

Flexibility Programming in Bend

The Bend program draws on Emmet’s Modern Methods of Mobility (M3) syllabus for range-of-motion development, applied expressly for the Mexican family of handstands.  Specifically the program includes methods for improving your bridge – also known as the wheel pose in yoga – with an emphasis on the carry-over to the hollowback handstand variations.

DEVELOPING THE MEXICAN HANDSTAND

The Mexican-style handstands are a family of their own, and while they share a lot of similarities with the straight handstand, due to the nature of the considerable backbend in them, they stand alone as their own unique grouping. This program serves as an introduction to the shapes as well as a gateway to more advanced contortion-style handstands.

By the end of this program, our aim is for you to be able to perform a Mexican handstand, a floor bridge and variations of the Mexican-style handstand such as the four or chair, the half-split Mexican and the tucked-leg Mexican.

More in depth about the Bend program

HOW YOUR TRAINING WILL LOOK

The Bend program contains 26 instructional videos that thoroughly explain the theory and practice of both the technique and flexibility needed for the hollowback handstand. The videos are broken up into manageable sections that clearly build upon each other. The Bend program has an accompanying manual which you will be able to download as PDF, or view it in your browser. You will be able to use the manual to quickly read up on an exercise, or study it textbook style. There will be a 60 page manual accompanying the Bend program.

The website is designed so that you can watch and rewatch the videos on desktop, take notes, and fully immerse yourself in understanding the theory behind handbalancing training. At some point though, you're just going to have to scrap the theory and go do the thing - but don't worry, you can just take the videos and manuals with you and recheck things on the fly wherever you're training, the gym, the park, at the office... with the Handstand Factory mobile version, all you need is a floor and a wall!

HOW WE TEACH THE MEXICAN HANDSTAND

We break up the Mexican-style handstand into stages. These progressions will be useful when programming your training.  Since the Mexican handstand is a display of active flexibility, it’s imperative that you develop your range of motion through a structured training program. Thus, our aim is to build both the passive and active flexibility needed for the bridge and Mexican handstands. In this context, active flexibility means having the strength to hold the static positions and to move dynamically into and out of them. We will develop both the total range of motion available to the practitioner, both strength and control at the same time.

This program will follow our method of isolating variables in the training, developing them so that they progress in tandem and then combining them. A large amount of this program is focused on developing the flexibility for the bridge, also known as the wheel pose, as well as the active variations of the backbend in standing and kneeling positions. Then, we begin applying this flexibility within the context of the handstand.

STARTING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BEND PROGRAM

We consider the Bend program to be an intermediate level handbalancing course, although in the latter phases within the program which develop a deep hollowback handstand and some other Mexican variations can be considered advanced. Coming to this program, we expect you to have some prerequisites in place:

  • A consistent 20-30 second handstand.
  • Some familiarity with leg movements in a handstand and the basic tuck and straddle shape.
  • While you need some familiarity with back-bending positions, we are aiming to develop the bridge in this program so a large degree of flexibility isn’t needed to begin training this program.

STARTING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BEND PROGRAM

We consider the Bend program to be an intermediate level handbalancing course, although in the latter phases within the program which develop a deep hollowback handstand and some other Mexican variations can be considered advanced. Coming to this program, we expect you to have some prerequisites in place:

  • A consistent thirty-second handstand.
  • Some familiarity with leg movements in a handstand and the basic tuck and straddle shape.
  • While you need some familiarity with back-bending positions, we are aiming to develop the bridge in this program so a large degree of flexibility isn’t needed to begin training this program.

"Depth will come as a side effect of a good practice and refinement over time."

"Depth will come as a side effect of a good practice and refinement over time."

FROM THE BEND MANUAL

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Who’s Teaching

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 Handstand Factory, they now want to demystify and simplify the process of learning handstands, and make it accessible to anyone wanting to learn to stand on their hands. To learn more about Handstand Factory, head over to our about page.

FAQ

What level is this program for?

We recommend you have a consistent 20-30s handstand and some familiarity with the straddle and tuck shapes.

I can’t do a bridge, can I do this program?

This program aims to teach the bridge position starting from the basics so while some experience with back bending is nice, its not needed as we teach everything you need to know.

Do I need a partner to do the Bend program?

Nope, the way that the Bend program is designed means there is no need for a partner and that everything can be done independently. Saying that, training with others is fun, so by no means do it alone!

How long will it take to get a good bridge?

This varies from person to person, as a rule of thumb it takes a maximum of 18 months to completely change the levels of flexibility you’re capable of. This normally comes considerably quicker for most and you will be increasingly more flexible as time goes on.

How long can I use the Bend program?

The Bend programming is not linear, rather it addresses problems that you individually might have in your practice and aims to progress you further from there. In total, there are about 12 months of programming included in the Bend program, but while you may put it down once you’ve achieved the Mexican Handstand shapes, you may come back to it over time as your overall levels have increased.

Are the Handstand Factory programs follow along videos?

No, all of our online programs are educational in nature, they don’t contain videos in which you follow the training in real time like a class. The video library for each program contains explanation and demos for each exercise, with valuable cues and insights. These exercises are also explained in the manual, and lastly, programmed into comprehensive training templates that you can follow in your own time.

Want to know more? These frequently asked questions cover most queries in regards to this program. For questions relating to purchasing the programs, technical support or general training questions, please contact us here. For our Terms and Conditions, go here.

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