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.