Being able to do a freestanding handstand in two months is just one of my many goals for this year. I noticed tons of people on Instagram holding handstands all over the place. I thought to myself, well, I used to be able to hold a handstand for a while back in the day. Why not?!
And so began my journey to being able to do a freestanding handstand over the next two months.
First, I consulted with the Nerd Fitness blog, which seems to have the answers to almost every seemingly weird question I have. Sure enough, they had a nice post about how to get yourself to a freestanding handstand in 28 days or less.
When I finally decided to give it a whack, I quickly realized that I could move on to Level 4 of the Nerd Fitness handstand challenge. I was moderately involved with gymnastics as a kid (no Gabby Douglas, that I can assure you), so I didn't have any real fear of breaking my face or anything while doing a handstand. In fact, I was pretty good at handstands, and surprised myself with my initial attempt at kicking up against the wall.
|adidas headband (one of my faves), Gap tank, Old Navy leggings, and DVF yoga mat|
Let me tell you, handstands are a serious burn! I spent about five minutes working on my handstand, and plan to do the same for the rest of the week. My wrists and shoulders said, "AGHHH!!" They weren't happy with me, but they're not in charge.
I couldn't hold my handstands for very long. I think I only got up to 3-5 seconds, but that's a start! Hopefully I'll be able to get up to 15 seconds by the end of the month. Fingers crossed!
Unlike when I'm going for a run or doing some other intense training, I put myself into more of a relaxed mood by listening to my John Butler Trio station on Pandora. (Pitbull didn't seem appropriate.) I liked this one:
Can you do a freestanding handstand? How long can you hold it?