Push Harder
Push Harder

Straddle 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 such as one-arm shapes and Figas.

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.

Push Harder
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  • 36 EXPLANATION VIDEOS
    Watch and rewatch the exercise explanations, demo’s and technical lectures at your own pace

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

  • ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS
    Side split flexibility module

  • 12-18 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

Push Harder is where it all comes together. The basic straddle one-arm handstand can be learned in many ways, but if you wish to have the opportunity to go beyond it, you are best off learning it with solid technique. There are many more drills here than in the other programs and it is also where the practice gets less linear in terms of progression. We have decided to be honest in the way we are teaching this; no-one can teach you the balance of a one-arm handstand, only you, yourself can. We are contributing with detailed setups, drills, ways to measure progression along with a lot of theory to make your training efficient. The time frame for Push Harder is for most somewhere around the 3 year mark, though it might be faster for certain people. Here, as well as in the Press program, there can be high variance depending on starting points as well as individual factors.

What You Get

Push Harder is where it all comes together. The basic straddle one-arm handstand can be learned in many ways, but if you wish to have the opportunity to go beyond it, you are best off learning it with solid technique. There are many more drills here than in the other programs and it is also where the practice gets less linear in terms of progression. We have decided to be honest in the way we are teaching this; no-one can teach you the balance of a one-arm handstand, only you, yourself can. We are contributing with detailed setups, drills, ways to measure progression along with a lot of theory to make your training efficient. The time frame for Push Harder is for most somewhere around the 3 year mark, though it might be faster for certain people. Here, as well as in the Press program, there can be high variance depending on starting points as well as individual factors.

Level Advanced
Goals Straddle one-arm handstand | Side split flexibility
Duration 12-18 months
Included 36 Videos, 55 Page Manual, Life-Time Access, Forum Support
Prerequisites ~2 min. handstand, full control of the legs on two arms, straddle press to handstand with good technique
Level Advanced
Goals Straddle one-arm handstand | Side split flexibility
Duration 12-18 months
Included 36 Videos, 55 Page Manual, Life-Time Access, Forum Support
Prerequisites ~2 min. handstand, full control of the legs on two arms, straddle press to handstand with good technique

“The Push Harder program is really good, it gives you this whole, big bag of tricks and it helps you structure it to your work capacity and your schedule.”

“The Push Harder program is really good, it gives you this whole, big bag of tricks and it helps you structure it to your work capacity and your schedule.”

ERIK, OSLO

Flexibility Part in Push Harder

One of the perks of the Handstand Factory programs is that they also cover the necessary flexibility components you need to develop in order to progress in your training.

Once you become so advanced in your handbalancing that you begin working on the one-arm handstand, you know how many variables go into training. One of them is the ability to rebalance with your legs. The wider your straddle/side split, the more control you will have when learning the straddle one-arm handstand. For this reason, we have included a comprehensive side split section in the Push Harder program, designed to take your active side split to its full potential, so you can actively use it upside down.

Flexibility Part in Push Harder

One of the perks of the Handstand Factory programs is that they also cover the necessary flexibility components you need to develop in order to progress in your training.

Once you become so advanced in your handbalancing that you begin working on the one-arm handstand, you know how many variables go into training. One of them is the ability to rebalance with your legs. The wider your straddle/side split, the more control you will have when learning the straddle one-arm handstand. For this reason, we have included a comprehensive side split section in the Push Harder program, designed to take your active side split to its full potential, so you can actively use it 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 the one-arm handstand, and shape changing on one arm. 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, teaches the straddle one-arm 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 the one-arm handstand, and shape changing on one arm. 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, teaches the straddle one-arm handstand from a combination of traditional Russian handbalancing with alternative strategies of developing awareness and coordination upside down.

More in depth about the Push Harder 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 flexibility components you need to develop in order to progress in your 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 flexibility and mobility are achievable for adults with all kinds of training backgrounds. These programs reflect the approach of building flexibility 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 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.

HOW 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.

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 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!

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

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.

STARTING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PUSH HARDER PROGRAM

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.

“I think it's something that is really unique, and not out there in any similar way. It really gives you everything you need to go on the road to a one-arm handstand.”

“I think it's something that is really unique, and not out there in any similar way. It really gives you everything you need to go on the road to a one-arm handstand.”

NIKOLAI, HAMBURG

PUSH HARDER

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.

Reviews of the Push Harder Program

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Erik
Oslo

The Push Harder program is really good, it gives you this whole, big bag of tricks and it helps you structure it to your work capacity and your schedule. You sort of auto tune it a bit on your good and your bad days. Every one who’s done handstands for a little while knows that you have your average abilities, which you hit maybe half of the time, maybe 80%, then you have the good days, and you have the shit days. This program gives you something to work with on the whole range of days, which I think is really good.

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Helgi
Reykjavik

The program is really nice. I think they have built something really special here, because usually what you will find in online programs is that they are almost a bit too structured. It’s too do this, do that, do a) and b) and c) all in a specific order, but they’ve made Push Harder very flexible which means that it fits a large set of people. Its not going to be good for only some people and then horrible for others because its a flexible program, meaning that you can put together your own training program from different exercises which is probably the key component here. People who want to practice with this can create their own program out of the exercises that we got, some work for you, some don’t, and then you can puzzle it together to make it your own thing.

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Nikolai
Hambury

I think its something that is really unique, and not out there in any similar way. It really gives you everything you need to go on the road to a one arm handstand. I think on Instagram and other social media you see a lot of people just doing it and trying to get towards the one arm handstand or just improve after the two arm handstand, but are really misguided in what they actually need to learn and how they need to practice. So yeah, I really like it and it definitely helps a lot with progression.

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 Push Harder 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).

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.

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.

Do I need equipment to train the Push Harder 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 straddle one-arm, we integrate handstand blocks into the training. For the flexibility, a mat or pillows would be helpful, as well as some light weights (filled waterbottles also work).

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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