If you’re considering this program we assume that you already have several years of experience with handbalancing. Thus, One-Arm Shapes is written as an exposition on technique and training methodology rather than a step-by-step program to aid you in incorporating these new shapes into your training regiment.
For many years, an unofficial “standard” procedure in the circus has been to teach the one-arm in three basic stages: straddle, half straddle and then legs together. While this is not wrong in itself, we propose to add additional steps and shapes into the progression for several reasons.
First, the half straddle is considerably more difficult than a wide straddle (the reasons why will be explained). Since the half straddle is a tough nut to crack, more preliminary alternatives will ease the progression towards it. Positions such as the one leg bent and diamond give you more easily accessible milestones before the harder steps, especially legs together.