The Handstandcast Podcast2021-02-18T15:37:23+00:00

The Handstandcast

Handstand Factory proudly presents:

The Handstandcast. Emmet Louis and Mikael Kristiansen talk all things handstands.

Developing the Handstand Factory programs has made us formalise our thoughts on handbalance and flexibility training, to make it applicable and useful to a wide audience. But of course, the hardest thing in such an undertaking is knowing what not to include! This podcast, on the other hand, allows us to ramble a bit less formally, and go a bit more into our reasoning in why we teach handbalancing the way we do, the fact that there are loads of ways to do things, and explore all kinds of corners of the handbalancing universe.

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The Handstandcast Season 2

We’re back with Season 2 of the Handstandcast! We’ll continue to dive into all aspects of handbalance and flexibility training, and add more guests as the season unfolds. It’s continuation is made possible by everyone purchasing and training the Handstand Factory online programs, so a huge thank you to all of you for making this possible!

S2 Episode 55: Common Mistakes

In this episode of the Handstandcast, Emmet and Mikael discuss common mistakes they’ve encountered coaching and learning handstands. Going into the detail of the nature of mistakes and the most common mistakes both in overall training and handstand position and how they can be remedied.

2021-04-09T15:20:53+01:00

S2 Episode 54: The Two-Foot Stand

April Fool's Episode - In this very special episode of the Handstandcast Emmet and Mikael delve into the details of the Two-Foot Footstand, drawing from a lifetime’s worth of experience, they pick apart everything wrong with the footstand industry, how footstanding can improve your life and how to progress your personal footstanding practice.

2021-04-03T17:38:18+01:00

S2 Episode 53: The Core

In this episode of the Handstandcast, Emmet and Mikael discuss the core and how it relates to handstands. Going into detail about what the core actually is, how much a strong core actually helps your handstands, handstand variations and their demand on your core and a few brutal routines to build core strength.

2021-03-26T16:05:46+00:00

S2 Episode 52: Hands

In this episode Emmet and Mikael discuss everything relating to hands. Getting into the nitty gritty of how wide the hands should be and variations. What the fingers can do and how that can be different based on your body. Grip strength and its relevance for the handstand and more.

2021-03-19T22:36:30+00:00

S2 Episode 51: The Handstand Press Magazine

In this episode of the Handstandcast, Emmet and Mikael have two very special guests: Elise who runs Motion Impulse and Sonja of Handstand Diary. Together they are part of the team working on The Handstand Press Magazine, a print magazine that aims to capture the emerging culture & discipline of handbalancing. They talk about the inspiration for the magazine, what they’ll have inside, their Kickstarter and how they’re finding the experience of putting it all together.

2021-03-12T16:04:10+00:00

S2 Episode 50: The Fight!

In this Episode of the Handstandcast, Emmet and Mikael discuss “The Fight” and what it means, the various levels of fighting for balance and how it relates to handbalancing.

2021-03-06T21:58:49+00:00

S2 Episode 49: Twisting

In this Episode of the Handstandcast, Emmet and Mikael discuss the much maligned twisting in the handstand and how, when trained intelligently, it can be beneficial and add an interesting dimension to your handstand training. This Episode comes with a very proud announcement that we've updated the Push Harder program for learning the Straddle One-Arm Handstand. Now with 3 new videos, 50 pages of extra theory and completely new and upgraded training templates.

2021-03-03T15:08:57+00:00

S2 Episode 48: A Conversation with Yuri Marmerstein

In this Episode of the Handstandcast Emmet and Mikael have a very special guest, Yuri Marmerstein, to have a long and wide ranging conversation about everything handstands, coaching and their training experiences. They also answer questions from you, our listeners, concerning why you would have an online coach with there being so much information available, as well as if they know any high level handbalancers or performers who didn’t go to circus school.

2021-03-13T16:44:39+00:00

S2 Episode 47: The Kick-Up

In this Episode of the Handstandcast Emmet and Mikael discuss kicking up to the handstand. They talk about the various technique differences in how the kick-up to handstand is taught, as well as the Handstand Factory technique for kicking up. Emmet also gives his programming trick nicknamed “Kick-up therapy” which should increase your consistency in kicking up significantly.

2021-02-12T21:00:07+00:00

S2 Episode 46: Hobbies

In this Episode of the Handstandcast Emmet and Mikael discuss hobbies, with how various hobbies may relate to and improve your handstand practice, drawing from their personal and coaching experience, as well as the role and importance of having hobbies.

2021-02-09T17:49:49+00:00

S2 Episode 45: Shoulders in the Handstand

In this Episode of the Handstandcast Emmet and Mikael discuss what they mean when talking about shoulders in relation to handbalancing. Going into detail about physical cues for using your shoulders, as well as how the shoulders operate in two-arm and one-arm handstands. They also answer questions relating to external rotation in a handstand and expand on the different shoulder positions in advanced one-arm handstand shapes.

2021-01-29T23:05:44+00:00

S2 Episode 44: Rest

In this Episode of the Handstandcast, Emmet and Mikael discuss everything related to resting. Going into rest requirements while training and between training and what factors may influence how much you need to rest. As well as answering questions from our listeners related to resting and tips for avoiding overly long rests due to phone distractions.

2021-01-23T18:43:54+00:00

S2 Episode 43: The Line

To kick off 2021 and the first episode of Season 2, Emmet and Mikael discuss the handstand line. Looking at it through a technical, biomechanical, historical and anthropological lens. This episode they also answer these listener questions: whether a beginner should focus more on line development or balance work, hand orientation in handstands and if developing a long wall hold will help with balancing.

2021-01-15T05:31:47+00:00

The Handstandcast Season 1

After our very successful Kickstarter campaign, we had some funds left over. So we invested in some podcasting equipment, and voila – here we are! So you could call this podcast community funded. It’s continuation is made possible by everyone purchasing and training the Handstand Factory online programs, so a huge thank you to all of you for making this possible!

S1 Episode 42: The Handstand Push-Up

In this episode of the Handstandcast, in celebration of our recently released Handstand Factory program, Emmet and Mikael discuss the Handstand Push-up. Going into deep detail about the biomechanics of the movement, the physical pre-requisites and progressions for developing the handstand pushup.

2021-01-19T05:26:34+00:00

S1 Episode 41: Injuries and Handstands

In this episode of the Handstandcast, Emmet and Mikael do a deep dive into their experience with injuries and handstands. Talking about how injuries have occurred with their clients and themselves, as well as general recommendations for avoiding and overcoming injuries.

2021-01-19T05:24:05+00:00

S1 Episode 40: Strength and Handstands

In this episode of the Handstandcast, Emmet and Mikael discuss the topic of strength and how it relates to the handstand, as well as tackling the false dichotomy of Strength vs. Technique that seems to exist in the handstand world.

2021-01-19T05:21:37+00:00

S1 Episode 39: Catch-Up with Mikael Plus Q&A

In this episode of the Handstandcast, Mikael has returned! Emmet and Mikael catch up on what’s been going on in Sweden and how Mikael’s creative process is going, as well as doing a Q&A. Covering how to breathe/brace in a handstand, getting Mikael’s perspective on coaching underbalance and why training handstands after a rest day is so controversial to some and how resting affects some handbalancers.

2021-01-19T05:19:33+00:00

S1 Episode 38: Q&A with Emmet

In this Episode of the Handstandcast we have a Q&A with Emmet, as Mikael’s flatmate is quarantining. Emmet answers a range of questions from giving tips for coaching and training underbalance in a handstand, how to fix knee pain in side splits, is handstanding aerobic or anaerobic and going into detail about how handbalancers train their legs and a sample leg routine.

2021-01-19T05:14:23+00:00

S1 Episode 37: Flexibility Programming for Handstands

In this episode of the Handstandcast we’ve got a solo episode from Emmet, who discusses in detail how you would fit flexibility programming in and around your handstand and strength training, so to get the most benefits from each.

2021-01-19T05:12:08+00:00

S1 Episode 36: Training in Hard Times

In this Episode of the Handstandcast, Emmet and Mikael take a break from the regular scheduled programming to talk about managing your training load, while also trying to deal with the state of the world. Sharing their experiences of how the current situation has affected them, as well as how to approach training for yourselves and ideas for training at home...

2021-01-19T05:10:35+00:00

S1 Episode 35: Social Media

From Forums to Instagram - Handstands on the Internet. In this Episode of the Handstandcast, Emmet and Mikael discuss how social media has influenced their training and handstands. Tracking their online journeys and how the communities and resources available to them have changed through their training lives.

2021-01-19T05:08:34+00:00

S1 Episode 34: Q&A with Emmet and Mikael

In this Episode, Emmet and Mikael answer more questions from our listeners, discussing time expectations for learning the freestanding handstand, methods of approaching learning the One-Arm handstand, developing strength as a “bendier” person compared to a “stiff” person, how to prevent looking like you’ve just got out of bed after doing handstands and an audio question about training for a pancake only once a week...

2021-01-19T05:05:56+00:00

S1 Episode 33: The Handstand Flag

In this Episode of the Handstandcast, Emmet and Mikael discuss Handstand flags (also known as Handstand side-bending). Going into detail about training the variations in one arm and two arm, what to look for when flagging and how learning to flag can improve your One-Arm Handstand...

2021-01-19T05:02:32+00:00

S1 Episode 32: Q&A with Emmet and Mikael

In this Episode, Emmet and Mikael answer more questions from our listeners, exploring the benefits of learning the stalder and the potential carry over to different movements, what “rigid-flexibility” is and how to avoid it, how often to train as a beginner and when to increase frequency of training and also how to fit training around family and work...

2021-01-19T04:59:53+00:00

S1 Episode 31: Physics of the Handstand

In this Episode of the Handstandcast, Emmet and Mikael have a special guest: Dr. Helgi Freyr Rúnarsson, handbalancer and Dr. of Physics, to discuss the physics of the handstand. Going deep into detail about the difference between centre of mass and centre of gravity, the inverted pendulum and more, plus how these variables are important to understanding the handstand...

2021-01-19T04:57:38+00:00

S1 Episode 30: Q&A with Emmet and Mikael

In this Episode, Emmet and Mikael answer more questions from our listeners, discussing the topics of being able to do a handstand cold, learning a one arm on canes, what canes are good and what to look out for with them and finally good exercises and stretches for prehab/rehab for handstands...

2021-01-19T04:55:03+00:00

S1 Episode 29: Fake One-Arms

In this Episode of the Handstandcast Emmet and Mikael discuss the topic of “Fake” One-Arm Handstands, the problem with judging it by an image alone, their thoughts about handbalancing and how it relates to social media, as well as how to fool anyone with your fake One-Arm...

2021-01-19T04:49:59+00:00

S1 Episode 28: Q&A with Emmet and Mikael

In this Episode, Emmet and Mikael answer more questions from our listeners, discussing hand position in the handstand, conserving energy in longer handstand holds , different shoulder positions in advanced handstand position and handstands and longevity...

2021-01-19T04:47:53+00:00

S1 Episode 27: Obsession and Handstands

In this episode of the handstandcast Emmet and Mikael discuss the topic of obsession and how this relates not only to handstand training, but to any hobby you may have. They talk about the positive and the negative aspects of becoming obsessed with something, and how to avoid the potential pitfalls of finding your obsession.

2021-01-19T04:45:41+00:00

S1 Episode 26: Q&A with Emmet and Mikael

In this Episode Emmet and Mikael discuss what "ribs in" means in a handstand, good reading materials for learning about flexibility training, keeping energy up for longer training sessions, how circus artists actually train and why it’s hard to breathe in a flagged handstand...

2021-01-19T04:43:49+00:00

S1 Episode 25: Handstands and Pregnancy, with Special Guests Zoe and Signe

In this very special episode of the Handstandcast Emmet and Mikael are joined by two wonderful guests, Zoe Jones and Signe Anderskov, to discuss their handbalance training and careers with the focus on how pregnancy has affected them. This podcast is funded by the sale of our Handstand Factory programs, check them out on handstandfactory.com We hope you enjoy it!

2021-01-19T04:24:20+00:00

S1 Episode 24: Q&A with Emmet and Mikael

In this Q&A with Emmet and Mikael, they answer more questions from you, our listeners. Covering the benefits of block training, oversplits, exercises for someone who trains gymnastics and how much hypertrophy can interfere with handstand training...

2021-01-19T04:21:00+00:00

S1 Episode 23: Beyond 30 Seconds

In this episode of the Handstandcast Emmet and Mikael discuss reaching and moving beyond the 30 second handstand milestone. Explaining the various approaches that can be used to increase variety in training and improve capacity in the handstand and hopefully avoid training pitfalls…

2021-01-19T04:18:18+00:00

S1 Episode 22: Q&A with Emmet and Mikael

In this Q&A with Emmet and Mikael, they answer more questions from you, our listeners. Covering how strength and technique intertwine in handbalancing, elbow hyperextension, Emmets training and more...

2021-01-19T04:15:57+00:00

S1 Episode 21: An Insight into Mikael’s Performing Side of Life

In this episode of the Handstandcast Emmet and Mikael go into Mikael's creative process with Váld (RWD Circus). They discuss Mikael's thoughts as to why he wanted to do this, the creative process in general, the limitations of handstands when performing, as well as influences from various other genres of performance art...

2021-01-19T04:11:34+00:00

S1 Episode 20: Flexisode with Emmet

In this Episode, Mikael is away creating his newest performance, so Emmet has fielded our listeners' burning flexibility questions. A massive amount of topics are covered, from how to balance the longest lunge, top 3 exercises for back bending, how to train your point, how to get tent hands like Morgan to more general concepts like how to enter flexibility positions once you've gained the range, how long to hold relaxed stretches for, how often you can perform PNF style stretching and Emmet's further recommendations on working on Head to Toe. It's an episode chocked full of flexibility goodies…

2021-01-19T04:07:15+00:00

S1 Episode 19: Benefits of the Handstand

In this episode of the Handstandcast Emmet and Mikael discuss the benefits of handstanding. They go into the obvious and somewhat unknown physical and mental benefits, of not only training handstands, but of taking any physical practice to a high enough level. They go into any various factors that may affect your training performance, their personal experiences with how they sense their body in handstands as well as an endless amount of informative tangents…

2021-01-19T04:05:12+00:00

S1 Episode 18: Q&A with Emmet and Mikael

In this Q&A with Emmet and Mikael, they answer more questions from you, our listeners. Covering how to measure where you're at with your handstand training, how Emmet and Mikael met and decided to collaborate on Handstand Factory, our first audio user submitted question on fixing a planchy handstand press and closed shoulder handstand, are you allowed to turn my feet out in a side split? As well as is yoga compatible with handstand training?

2021-01-23T18:45:31+00:00

S1 Episode 17: Anatomy Quirks and the Handstand

In this Episode of the Handstandcast Emmet and Mikael discuss anatomical quirks that we all may possess and how that relates to the handstand, this is an episode choked full of references, to various handbalancers that have very individual styles, to various anatomical things that you may have to take note of…

2021-01-19T03:58:59+00:00

S1 Episode 16: Q&A with Emmet and Mikael

In this Q&A with Emmet and Mikael, they answer more questions from you, our listeners. Ranging from topics such as: When to transition to more endurance holds in handstands, what happens to the body in the handstand both acute and long term changes, rating the difficulty of handstand variations and is it worth it? How to transition from tuck planche to straddle planche work and how to correct excessive lean in the press to handstand...

2021-01-19T03:53:54+00:00

S1 Episode 15: One-Arm Handstand

In this Episode of the Handstandcast Emmet and Mikael finally discuss the one-arm Handstand! Going over the most important elements that you have to develop for the one arm handstand, the sequence of movements and cues that you go through to move into a one arm handstand, the process of programming and development of the one-arm handstand as well as more of the finer elements and potential issues.

2021-01-19T03:50:01+00:00

S1 Episode 14: Q&A with Emmet and Mikael

In this Episode, Mikael and Emmet answer some more of our listeners' questions, covering training volume, training equipment in relation to learning the handstand, managing distractions when training, internal/external rotation in the hips for side split, managing and preventing injuries and advice for the one arm handstand...

2021-01-19T03:45:53+00:00

S1 Episode 13: Circus School

In this episode of the Handstand Factory Handstandcast, Emmet and Mikael discuss their experiences in Circus school, their opinions on current circus trends, as well as tips for any prospective listeners about getting into circus school: what qualities are best? how should you prepare…

2021-01-19T03:43:10+00:00

S1 Episode 12: The Future of the Handstandcast plus Q&A

In this Episode Emmet and Mikael discuss about the Handstand cast and their plan for the future. As well as answering questions from listeners, covering topics ranging from how they learned all they know, developing endurance in the handstand, building multiple reps in stalders, rebalancing strategies for one arm handstand and more...

2021-01-19T03:38:30+00:00

S1 Episode 11: The Mindset of Handbalancing

In our 11th episode of the Handstand Factory handstandcast Emmet and Mikael dive deep into the mindset of handbalancing, including determination and resolve, frustration in the face of the inconsistency of training, community as a force multiplier, zooming out on the progress curve and all the other bits and pieces that make up the mindset around what it means to train handstands...

2021-01-19T03:35:34+00:00

S1 Episode 10: Training Philosophy and Live Q&A

Emmet and Mikael discuss the methodology and theory that went into the creation of the Handstand Factory programs, focusing on the capacity of learning how to teach yourself to handstand, as well as answer questions from live viewers…

2021-01-19T03:32:58+00:00

S1 Episode 9: #tucklife

In our 9th episode of the Handstand Factory handstandcast Emmet and Mikael take on the lofty topic of #tucklife, where they breakdown everything tuck in the most extreme of detail, such as how they define the tuck handstand and its 3 main variants. They also go into working on shoulder flexibility/mobility for the tuck, starting your journey towards the tuck and it’s progressions, as well as going over what the hell does #tucklife even mean?…

2021-01-19T03:29:23+00:00

S1 Episode 8: Q&A with Emmet and Mikael

In the Handstand Factory’s 8th episode Mikael and Emmet answer a few more questions from listeners. They cover a range of topics from the benefits of training handstands, to whether or not training oversplits is a good idea, as well as providing advice on integrating Handstand pushup training into your program (with the exercise progressions), a very effective pancake compression drill and how to use that flexibility in your press…

2021-01-18T22:59:04+00:00

S1 Episode 7: Circus Hobo Life

In our 7th episode of the Handstand Factory handstandcast Emmet and Mikael take a deviation from the highly technical discussions they’ve had so far and have instead talked about “the dark side of show business”; sharing tales of their worst show experiences, as well as their training history and how they got to where they are…

2021-01-18T22:56:27+00:00

S1 Episode 6: Q&A with Emmet and Mikael

Another Handstand Factory Handstandcast Q&A with Emmet and Mikael where they discuss: The benefits of handstand training, more handstand factory materials to come, programming split mobility, strengthening the crow to handstand, a discount code for handstand factory and all the stuff in between that Emmet and Mikael nerd out over…

2021-01-18T22:53:35+00:00

S1 Episode 5: The Press to Handstand

In the fifth episode of our Handstandcast, Emmet and Mikael discuss the much hyped press to handstand: delving into the mechanics and body demands that the press requires, an argument for bent arm pressing, as well as dispelling common myths. Emmet and Mikael dissect the Press in incredible detail…

2021-01-18T22:49:57+00:00

S1 Episode 4: Training at Home

Hi and welcome to our 4th epsiode of The Handstand Factory Handstandcast - a Podcast where Mikael Kristiansen and Emmet Louis talk all things handbalancing. Q&A from Emmet and Mikael using questions submitted by our Handstand Factory followers on instagram regarding training from home, given the obvious state of the world. Including tips on staying motivated, keeping your sanity and a theoretical framework for programming your training, if handbalancing is your focus...

2021-01-18T22:45:21+00:00

S1 Episode 3: Coaching Handbalance

In this third episode of our Handstandcast, Emmet and Mikael focus on not only coaching handbalancing but also the key elements that are important to being an effective coach in general…

2021-01-18T22:37:57+00:00

S1 Episode 2: Q&A with Emmet and Mikael

Hi and welcome to our second episode of The Handstand Factory Handstandcast - a Podcast where Mikael Kristiansen and Emmet Louis talk all things handbalancing. This is the first of our minisodes, a quick Q&A from Emmet and Mikael using questions submitted by our Handstand Factory followers on instagram! This one really sets the tone with some interesting questions about basic anatomical functions in a handstand, questions about hip extension stretching, and a whole lot else...

2021-01-18T22:33:42+00:00

S1 Episode 1: The Handstand

Hi and welcome to our first episode of The Handstand Factory Handstandcast - a Podcast where Mikael Kristiansen and Emmet Louis talk all things handbalancing. The Handstandcast - Season 1 will air every week, alternating full length, vaguely themed episodes with so called minisodes where we answer all of your questions. Topics we'll cover over the first season include the straight handstand, the mindset of handbalancing and coaching handstands, though to be honest we're making it up as we go along, so who knows where it might go! Emmet and Mikael get together for the first ever episode of the handstandcast. They discuss the definition of what even is a handstand, explore the different contexts in which handstands are utilised, and how this affects the form, aesthetics, and training approach...

2021-01-18T22:28:13+00:00