Push Harder

The Handstand Factory - Push Harder program is an advanced handbalancing online course by Mikael Kristiansen and Emmet Louis, combining their knowledge on handbalancing and flexibility.

Advanced Handbalancing
Learn the one arm handstand
Push Harder
Advanced Handbalancing
Learn the one arm handstand

The Handstand Factory - Push Harder program is an advanced handbalancing online course by Mikael Kristiansen and Emmet Louis, combining their knowledge on handbalancing and flexibility.

Learn the one arm handstand online
How do we teach the one arm handstand?

The Push Harder program is designed to take you from a comfortable two arm handstand to a straddle one arm handstand. We teach the one arm handstand 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. There’s other styles of OAHS that you might see in break dancing or other similar disciplines, which for certain people might be a quicker route to the one arm handstand. However, if you want to progress further these methods can be less efficient and a dead end for those wanting to push their handbalancing level past the straddle one arm handstand. With the Push Harder program, you will gain a technical understanding of the mechanics of the one arm handstand and the sidesplit, and learn how to program your own training and build an independent, individual handbalancing practice. The program consists of roughly 35 videos across the following sections, and you will learn to find and select suitable exercises out of these and the accompanying manual, covering skillwork, conditioning, balance drills and side split flexibility

With the Push Harder program, you will gain a technical understanding of the mechanics of the one arm handstand and the sidesplit, and learn how to program your own training and build an independent, individual handbalancing practice.

The program consists of roughly 35 videos across the following sections, and you will learn to find and select suitable exercises out of these and the accompanying manual, covering skillwork, conditioning, balance drills and side split flexibility

Starting requirements for the Push Harder program
Aimed at intermediate to advanced handbalancers looking to develop the straddle one arm handstand

The minimum balancing and related flexibility standards to benefit from this program would be a consistent 45 second or more freestanding handstand and being able to perform the basic shapes of straight handstand, tuck and straddle, as well as being able to smoothly change between these. Being able to do a decent press to handstand from the floor is also recommended.


A higher level is more advantageous but there will be elements that you can incorporate to your training from this point on. There is no minimum flexibility requirement to begin this program.

Apart from the physical skills needed to begin this program, you will also need the necessary mindset to work in an autonomous, self-directed manner. This program will give you all the exercises and different programming templates you need to build your own individual practice, but it is you putting in the work that will make or break your progress.

A higher level is more advantageous but there will be elements that you can incorporate to your training from this point on. There is no minimum flexibility requirement to begin this program.

Apart from the physical skills needed to begin this program, you will also need the necessary mindset to work in an autonomous, self-directed manner. This program will give you all the exercises and different programming templates you need to build your own individual practice, but it is you putting in the work that will make or break your progress.

Who's teaching?
Mikael Kristiansen &
Emmet Louis

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 the- se skills professionally both as performers and teachers. With the 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.

A glimpse into the push harder program
How does the PUSH HARDER program look?
Manual with
55 pages

Once you log into your account on our website, and have bought the program you will have access to 35 instructional videos that thoroughly explain the theory and practice of the one arm handstand side split development. The videos are broken up into manageable sections that clearly build upon each other. The Push Harder program has an accompanying manual which you will be able to download as a 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. The image shows the first four pages of the 55 page manual accompanying the Push Harder course.

Online on desktop
or phone

The website is designed so that you can watch and rewatch the videos for each course on desk- top, take notes, and fully immerse yourself in understanding the theory behind the one arm balancing 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!

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FAQ

For how long will I be able to train with the Push Harder program?

The Handstand Factory - Push Harder program is aimed at teaching all the required exercises and progressions of learning the one arm straddle handstand. From a solid two arm handstand (see requirements), this will generally take, on average, about 1-2 years of training. This timeframe is very personal and varies wildly depending on many different factors (see ‘how long will it take’ for more on timeframes). But for most people to achieve a solid one arm handstand 1-2 years with consistent practice would be a good estimate.

How much time a week will I have to commit to the Push Harder training?

If you have come to a point in your handbalancing training where the Push Harder program is appropriate to your level, you will know that handbalancing isn’t learned by just training once in a while. Accordingly, this program will not make sense if you cannot commit to at least 3-4 handbalancing sessions a week. Even with basic two arm handstand training, consistency is important. Once you move on to one arm balancing, doing a session once or twice every few weeks will just not work to achieve a comfortable one arm handstand in any reasonable timeframe. Again - know your goals, set your training schedule and manage your expectations accordingly.

Can I combine training The Handstand Factory with other training?

Technically yes, but it depends. Mostly, it depends on the time (both training and recovery time) you have available. If you have all day to train your various disciplines and full nights to sleep and recover, then yes, you can easily integrate this program into your normal training schedule. If you have time constraints such as work, a family and/or other commitments, choose your training wisely. (See question above).

It also depends on your other training. Are you prepping for a competition? On a special diet? Training too much? Sleeping too little? Keep in mind that many things factor into this fickle art of balancing. As Emmet likes to say: every person is an N=1 experiment - figure out what works for you, and if something doesn’t, adjust.

How long will it take to get a one arm handstand and sidesplits?

There is no one fits all answer to this one. It entirely depends on your body type, your lifestyle, the time you put in and a zillion other factors. Best is to not to care how long it takes, just trust the process and do the thing. You’ll get there eventually. Probably faster so if you don’t care and just enjoy the process.

Want to know more? These frequently asked questions covers most queries in regards to the Handstand Factory Push program. For questions relating to purchasing the programs, technical support or general training questions, please head over to our general FAQ here. For our Terms and Conditions, go here.