Push
Push

Freestanding, Straight Handstand

The Push program is designed to take you from absolutely no handbalancing experience to a comfortable, straight two-arm handstand. Starting with physical preparation and basic conditioning for wrists, forearms and shoulders all the way to learning how to kick up and exit safely out of a freestanding handstand. Learn to freebalance with our many rebalancing drills and gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the alignment of the straight handstand.

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  • 43 EXPLANATION VIDEOS
    Watch and rewatch the exercise explanations, demos and technical lectures at your own pace

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

  • ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS
    Pike and shoulder flexibility modules

  • 8-12 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

With the Push program, you will gain a technical understanding of the mechanics of the straight two-arm handstand, and all necessary flexibility components, and learn how to program your own training and build an independent, individual handbalancing practice.

Because this is an entry level course, there is a lot of step by step programming help and a number of training templates to choose from for all various levels. You will begin to learn how your body reacts to handbalancing training, and gain insights into building a fun, holistic and efficient handbalancing practice. The program consists of 43 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 overhead shoulder and pike flexibility.

What You Get

With the Push program, you will gain a technical understanding of the mechanics of the straight two-arm handstand, and all necessary flexibility components, and learn how to program your own training and build an independent, individual handbalancing practice.

Because this is an entry level course, there is a lot of step by step programming help and a number of training templates to choose from for all various levels. You will begin to learn how your body reacts to handbalancing training, and gain insights into building a fun, holistic and efficient handbalancing practice. The program consists of 43 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 overhead shoulder and pike flexibility.

Level Beginner
Goals Freestanding, straight handstand | Pike & shoulder flexibility
Duration 8-12 months
Included 43 Videos, 113 Page Manual, Life-Time Access, Forum Support
Prerequisites Curiosity, determination, the ability to train autonomously
Level Beginner
Goals Freestanding, straight handstand | Pike & shoulder flexibility
Duration 8-12 months
Included 43 Videos, 113 Page Manual, Life-Time Access, Forum Support
Prerequisites Curiosity, determination, the ability to train autonomously

“Push – Solid program! Gives you the foundational knowledge and application for handbalancing.”

“Push – Solid program! Gives you the foundational knowledge and application for handbalancing.”

DANIEL, MANILA

Flexibility Part in Push

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.

Push has a dedicated flexibility section covering all your shoulder/overhead mobility needs.

On top of that, we also begin to develop your forward folding flexibility early on, so that by the time you are ready to begin the more advanced handstand training, your hips will be prepared for the additional training.

Flexibility Programming in Push

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.

Push has a dedicated flexibility section covering all your shoulder/overhead mobility needs.

On top of that, we also begin to develop your forward folding flexibility early on, so that by the time you are ready to begin the more advanced handstand training, your hips will be prepared for the additional training.

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 different two arm handstand shapes, and later even the one arm handstand. 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 straight handstand from a combination of traditional Russian handbalancing with alternative strategies of developing awareness and coordination upside down. Drop down to read more!

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 different two arm handstand shapes, and later even the one arm handstand. 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 straight handstand from a combination of traditional Russian handbalancing with alternative strategies of developing awareness and coordination upside down. Drop down to read more!

More in depth about the push 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. The Push program covers overhead/shoulder mobility as well as forward-folding/pike mobility.

HOW YOUR TRAINING WILL LOOK

Once you log into your account on our website, and have bought the program you will have access to 43 instructional videos that thoroughly explain the theory and practice of the straight, freestanding handstand. It begins with the total basics of physical preparation and conditioning, and takes you all the way to free balancing a straight handstand. The videos are broken up into manageable sections that clearly build upon each other. The Push program has an accompanying manual which you will be able to download as 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. This is the first four pages of the 113 page manual accompanying the Push program.

HOW WE TEACH THE BASICS OF HANDBALANCING

The Push program is designed to take you from absolutely no handbalancing experience to a comfortable, straight two-arm handstand. Starting with physical preparation and basic conditioning for wrists, forearms and shoulders all the way to learning how to kick up and exit safely out of a freestanding handstand. Learn to freebalance with our many rebalancing drills and gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the alignment of the straight handstand.

With the Push program, you will gain a technical understanding of the mechanics of the straight two-arm handstand, and all necessary flexibility components, and learn how to program your own training and build an independent, individual handbalancing practice.

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!

Our entry level program, Push, has a dedicated flexibility section covering all your shoulder/overhead mobility needs. Together with the handbalance training in Push, the flexibility programming makes sure you develop the necessary shoulder flexibility to be able to balance a freestanding handstand in a timely manner. On top of that, we also begin to develop your forward folding flexibility early on, so that by the time you are ready to begin the more advanced handstand training, your hips will be prepared for the additional training.

STARTING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PUSH PROGRAM

The Push program is designed for absolute beginners, but the topics covered and knowledge provided are relevant even to those with a few years of handstand training under their belt. There are no flexibility requirements - it’s an entry level handstand course, after all! This program starts with the absolute basics of Physical Preparation for Handbalancing, and the basic conditioning needed to properly train the skill.

While there are no physical entry requirements to this program, it does require you to be able to train in an autonomous, self-directed manner. We have included all the explanations, step by step programming as well as in depth information about all the progressions, but it is you putting in the work and showing up for the training that will get you a solid, freestanding handstand.

STARTING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PUSH PROGRAM

The Push program is designed for absolute beginners, but the topics covered and knowledge provided are relevant even to those with a few years of handstand training under their belt. There are no flexibility requirements - it’s an entry level handstand course, after all! This program starts with the absolute basics of Physical Preparation for Handbalancing, and the basic conditioning needed to properly train the skill.

While there are no physical entry requirements to this program, it does require you to be able to train in an autonomous, self-directed manner. We have included all the explanations, step by step programming as well as in depth information about all the progressions, but it is you putting in the work and showing up for the training that will get you a solid, freestanding handstand.

"It’s like being in school and having lecture, lab and study - between the podcast, training, and text."

"It’s like being in school and having lecture, lab and study - between the podcast, training, and text."

JOYCE, SAN FRANCISCO

PUSH

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 Program

PUSH & KEEP PUSHING PROGRAMS

Joyce
@cirquepath, San Fransisco, USA

I am loving these programs! I couldn’t decide between Push and Keep Pushing, and am glad I got them both so I can tailor what I need and know what I’m working towards. It’s like being in school and having lecture, lab and study – between the podcast, training, and text. I’m learning so much from your stories where you offer tips on my training and also other people’s posts… really feels more personalized, “connected” and HUMAN than just buying a canned program that’s static.

PUSH PROGRAM

Daniel
Manila, Philippines

Push – Solid program! Gives you the foundational knowledge and application for handbalancing. My favourites here are overbalance and underbalance concepts plus their illustrations! Keep Pushing is next for me. Thank you Handstand Factory for making this possible!

PUSH PROGRAM

Lisa
@heart_in_motion, Berlin, Germany

It took me a long time to sign up to Push, I observed for many months before committing because even though we are learning remotely its vital to have teachers that that you respect, trust and resonate with. For me, I look for integrity, confidence and solid teaching not just fancy pictures on Social Media. Thank you for caring about your students, for all your hard work and the chuckles. I’m still at it and loving every minute.

FAQ

How long can I use the Push program?

The program is complete when you’ve achieved a comfortable pike and a freestanding, straight handstand that you are happy with, but you can use the program as long as you want. You get lifetime access to the program, with any future updates that happen so until the internet breaks, it’s all yours. It will be handy to go back if you ever want to tighten up your basics, too, even if you’ve already progressed on to the Keep Pushing or Press courses.

I am strong but not flexible/I am flexible but not strong, is the Push program for me?

That’s great! Whatever your strengths and weaknesses are, there are elements in the Push program for you. We have targeted flexibility and strength work to provide a holistic approach to learning a handstand, meaning that no matter what there will be something that you can work on already. Over the long term, this program aims to even out your strengths so that you will be both strong and flexible enough to support your practice.

How long will it take to get flexible shoulders/pike?

This varies from person to person, as a rule of thumb it takes a maximum of 18 months to completely change the levels of flexibility you’re capable of but this normally comes considerably quicker for most and you will be increasingly more flexible as time goes on. The handbalancing practice itself will aid in flexibility development (especially in the shoulders), so it tends to come together nicely by the time you begin to actively work on free balancing.

Do I need a training partner to do the Push program?

Nope, the way that the Push program is designed means there is no need for a partner and that everything can be done independently. Saying that, training with others is fun, so by no means do it alone!

I am afraid to go upside down, can I still learn a handstand?

The Push program really, really starts with the very basics. That means you can slowly begin gradually inverting more and more, while at the same time building the strength to hold yourself up, making everything so much easier! It also teaches how to bail safely, and has programming to get you used to getting upside down.

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 explanation 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.

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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