HSPU
HSPU

Freestanding Handstand Push-Up

The HSPU program is designed to teach you the full range, freestanding handstand push-up. In our approach, we look at the handstand push-up as a movement requiring both precision and skill as much as strength. Our approach is to start with simple set-ups, then slowly increase capacity and then introduce more variables. We begin with building a base of strength and awareness of the required shoulder positions, and then introduce free balancing movements. Then, once sufficient skill has been gained, we start using the free balancing movements as strength exercises.

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

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

  • ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS
    Accessory strength training module

  • 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 HSPU program covers two major achievements; the first being the freestanding handstand push-up on the floor, and the second the full range of motion HSPU itself. While these are difficult skills to learn, they have a more linear progression route than other advanced balancing skills like the one-arm handstand or the Stalder press to handstand.The exercises in this program follow a roughly linear difficulty with each level requiring some degree of proficiency to start working on the next one. In these terms there’s quite a rewarding progression to this skill in terms of time put in, work and reward. The program follows our method of introducing skills with reduced variables and then increasing both complexity and physical demand until the skill is achieved. For the HSPU, we will be looking at the variables of strength training, frequency, intensity and volume as well as the handbalance variables of balance, refinement and elegance.

By the end of this program, our aim is for you to be able to perform the handstand push-up from beginning in a handstand on a raised surface, parallettes, dip bars, a box or platform etc. and lower to a fully bent arm position, pause and then push back up to a fully locked elbows and shoulders elevated handstand.

What You Get

The HSPU program covers two major achievements; the first being the freestanding handstand push-up on the floor, and the second the full range of motion HSPU itself. While these are difficult skills to learn, they have a more linear progression route than other advanced balancing skills like the one-arm handstand or the Stalder press to handstand.The exercises in this program follow a roughly linear difficulty with each level requiring some degree of proficiency to start working on the next one. In these terms there’s quite a rewarding progression to this skill in terms of time put in, work and reward. The program follows our method of introducing skills with reduced variables and then increasing both complexity and physical demand until the skill is achieved. For the HSPU, we will be looking at the variables of strength training, frequency, intensity and volume as well as the handbalance variables of balance, refinement and elegance.

By the end of this program, our aim is for you to be able to perform the handstand push-up from beginning in a handstand on a raised surface, parallettes, dip bars, a box or platform etc. and lower to a fully bent arm position, pause and then push back up to a fully locked elbows and shoulders elevated handstand.

Level Intermediate
Goals Freestanding, full range of motion handstand push-up
Duration 8-12 months
Included 25 Videos, 70 Page Manual, Life-Time Access, Forum Support
Prerequisites Consistent freestanding handstand for at least 30 seconds, 12+ push-ups, 5 weight (10% of body weight) dips
Level Intermediate
Goals Freestanding, full range of motion handstand push-up
Duration 8-12 months
Included 25 Videos, 70 Page Manual, Life-Time Access, Forum Support
Prerequisites Consistent freestanding handstand for at least 30 seconds, 12+ push-ups, 5 weighted (10% of body weight) dips

“The handstand push-up is one of the ultimate feats of bodyweight strength movement. Control of the body in an inverted position, a considerable degree of upper body strength and enough willpower to resist gravity – the handstand push-up has it all.”

“The handstand push-up is one of the ultimate feats of bodyweight strength movement. Control of the body in an inverted position, a considerable degree of upper body strength and enough willpower to resist gravity – the handstand push-up has it all.”

FROM THE HSPU MANUAL

Strength Training and Accessories in HSPU

The HSPU program is designed as an add-on strength skill between Push and the more advanced programs like Push Harder, but it can be trained anywhere along your handbalance training. For the HSPU, we will be looking at the variables of strength training, frequency, intensity and volume as well as the handbalance variables of balance, refinement and elegance. Additionally, our programming includes accessory exercises that provide stimulus to the areas that do not get direct stimulus from the main exercises. The accessory exercises in this program were selected as they train the muscles and movement planes that generally show the greatest amount of energy leaks across a broad population. An energy leak is when the body is unable to maintain the correct position required for the technically correct performance of the HSPU. In this program, we have selected external rotation exercises that match up with the handstand push-up.

Strength Training and Accessories in HSPU

The HSPU program is designed as an add-on strength skill between Push and the more advanced programs like Push Harder, but it can be trained anywhere along your handbalance training. For the HSPU, we will be looking at the variables of strength training, frequency, intensity and volume as well as the handbalance variables of balance, refinement and elegance. Additionally, our programming includes accessory exercises that provide stimulus to the areas that do not get direct stimulus from the main exercises. The accessory exercises in this program were selected as they train the muscles and movement planes that generally show the greatest amount of energy leaks across a broad population. An energy leak is when the body is unable to maintain the correct position required for the technically correct performance of the HSPU. In this program, we have selected external rotation exercises that match up with the handstand push-up.

OUR APPROACH TO HANDBALANCING

Our programs teach handbalancing using a technique that is expansive – it leads to a structure that is efficient and elegant and can be used to develop towards the higher level skills such as different two arm handstand shapes, and later even the one arm handstand. There are many different styles of handstands out there, some may balance in an arch, some may balance in more of a planche position – these are all valid in their respective contexts and usages. This program, however, works on the premise of the straight handstand from a combination of traditional Russian handbalancing with alternative strategies of developing awareness and coordination upside down.

OUR APPROACH TO HANDBALANCING

Our programs teach handbalancing using a technique that is expansive – it leads to a structure that is efficient and elegant and can be used to develop towards the higher level skills such as different two arm handstand shapes, and later even the one arm handstand. There are many different styles of handstands out there, some may balance in an arch, some may balance in more of a planche position – these are all valid in their respective contexts and usages. This program, however, works on the premise of the straight handstand from a combination of traditional Russian handbalancing with alternative strategies of developing awareness and coordination upside down.

More in depth about the HSPU program

One of the perks of the Handstand Factory programs is that they do not only cover the handbalancing aspects of training handstands, but they also cover the necessary adjoining components you need to develop in order to progress in your training. For HSPU, we have added specifically chosen accessory exercises to complement your handstand push-up training.

All techniques used in the programs are chosen on the premise that we believe that with the deliberate mix of well thought out methods, exceptional physical feats are achievable for adults with all kinds of training backgrounds. These programs reflect the approach of building flexibility, strength, skill and resilience throughout the whole body, paying special attention to the correct application concerning the adult body.

HOW YOUR TRAINING WILL LOOK

Once you log into your account on our website, and have bought the program you will have access to 25 instructional videos that thoroughly explain the road to the full Handstand Push-Up.

The videos are broken up into manageable sections that clearly build upon each other. The HSPU 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. This is the first four pages of the 70 page manual accompanying the HSPU program.

With the HSPU program, you will gain a technical understanding of the strength and mechanics of the handstand push-up, and learn how to program your own training while integrating the HSPU work with your other training, such as strength and conditioning or handbalance.

The website is designed so that you can watch and rewatch the videos for each course on desktop, take notes, and fully immerse yourself in understanding the theory behind handbalance 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 HANDSTAND PUSH-UP

The HSPU program is designed to teach you the full range, freestanding Handstand Push-up. You should come to this program with a solid, freestanding handstand of roughly 30 seconds, and a base level of strength allowing you to perform at least 10 regular push-ups and 5 weighted dips with 10% of bodyweight.

In our approach, we look at the handstand push-up as a movement requiring both precision and skill as much as strength. Our approach is to start with simple set-ups, then slowly increase capacity and then introduce more variables. We begin with building a base of strength and awareness of the required shoulder positions, and then introduce free balancing movements. Then, once sufficient skill has been gained, we start using the free balancing movements as strength exercises.

The HSPU program covers two major achievements; the first being the freestanding handstand push-up on the floor, and the second the full range of motion HSPU itself. While these are difficult skills to learn, they have a more linear progression route than other advanced balancing skills like the one-arm handstand or the Stalder press to handstand.

The exercises in this program follow a roughly linear difficulty with each level requiring some degree of proficiency to start working on the next one. In these terms there’s quite a rewarding progression to this skill in terms of time put in, work and reward.

The program will follow our method of introducing skills with reduced variables and then increasing both complexity and physical demand until the skill is achieved. In this program, we will be looking at the variables of strength training, frequency, intensity and volume as well as the handbalance variables of balance, refinement and elegance.

By the end of this program, our aim is for you to be able to perform the Handstand Push-Up from beginning in a handstand on a raised surface, parallettes, dip bars, a box or platform etc. and lower to a fully bent arm position, pause and then push back up to a fully locked elbows and shoulders elevated handstand.

STARTING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE HSPU PROGRAM

The HSPU program is designed for intermediate handbalancers, but the topics covered and knowledge provided are relevant even to those with a few years of handstand training under their belt wanting to add the Handstand Push-up to their repertoire.

MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Consistent freestanding handstand for at least thirty seconds
  • Twelve-plus reps push-ups
  • Five weighted (10% of body weight) dips

Apart from the physical prerequisites, it also requires you to be able to train in an autonomous, self directed manner. We have included all the explanations, step by step programming as well as in depth information about all the progressions, but it is you putting in the work and showing up for the training that will get you a solid Handstand Push-up.

STARTING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE HSPU PROGRAM

The HSPU program is designed for intermediate handbalancers, but the topics covered and knowledge provided are relevant even to those with a few years of handstand training under their belt wanting to add the Handstand Push-up to their repertoire.

MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Consistent freestanding handstand for at least thirty seconds
  • Twelve-plus reps push-ups
  • Five weighted (10% of body weight) dips

Apart from the physical prerequisites, it also requires you to be able to train in an autonomous, self directed manner. We have included all the explanations, step by step programming as well as in depth information about all the progressions, but it is you putting in the work and showing up for the training that will get you a solid Handstand Push-up.

“Expect your very first rep to be a grind and to be prepared to fight for it. A red face, grunting and swearing are near mandatory.”

“Expect your very first rep to be a grind and to be prepared to fight for it. A red face, grunting and swearing are near mandatory.”

FROM THE HSPU 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

How long can I use the HSPU program?

The program is designed to lead you to achieving a freestanding, full range of motion Handstand Pushup. How long this will take, and so how long you will be using the program for, depends largely on your starting point, your frequency of training, and your capacity to recover and gain strength. It also depends highly on the individual both in terms of training history as well as the body, especially when thinking about relative limb length and the levers involved.

Do I need equipment to train the HSPU program?

The Handstand Factory programs are designed to be trained with little to no equipment. The most important things are a flat floor and a free wall. However, as you begin going for the full range HSPU from an elevated surface, boxes or a bench would be useful, but you could also use parallettes. For the accessory work, things you might need are bands, a chin-up bar and some light weights.

Can I integrate the HSPU program with my regular strength and conditioning training?

Yes, of course. It is absolutely possible to integrate the HSPU work into your regular upper body strength and conditioning training, as well as using it as a stand alone training program.

Can I integrate the HSPU program with other Handstand Factory Programs?

Yes, absolutely. The earliest stage you would begin working on the HSPU program is when you have successfully graduated from the Push Program, or are on the final templates of Push working on longer holds of the freestanding handstand. You can then run it alongside Keep Pushing, Press, or even Push Harder, depending on what your handbalance interests are.

Do I need a training partner to do the HSPU program?

Nope, the way that the HSPU 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!

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 explanations 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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