How to Do a Press Handstand for Kids

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Doing a press handstand for kids is a greaet way to get your child in shape by working out a few different parts of their body. Do a press handstand for kids with help from a personal trainer and group fitness director in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Janette Janero. I'm a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. Today, I'm gonna teach you how to develop the skills in children to be able to perform a press handstand. A lot of upper body strength is required in this movement. So, the first thing you wanna do is make sure the child can perform a pushup. This is, is something great for you to work with your child if you're thinking about putting them into gymnastics. You can develop this type of skills so they can be comfortable once they get into the gym setting. You can have your child lay on their belly, and start them off performing the pushup on their knees. Let their hands be aligned with their chest. Let them know to tighten up their core, and just push themselves up. What you're gonna see a lot in the beginning is a child pushing their chest up first. Remind them to try to keep a straight line from their knee all the way to their top of the head. Once they're comfortable with performing the modified pushup, you can go ahead and have them go out onto their toes and work on their upper body strength like such. As you see, that pushup is gonna help your child develop their upper body strength, and it's also gonna get them comfortable and gain some strength in the wrist. When you do the press handstand up against the wall, you're gonna have all the body weight on the wrist, so you really want to make sure that the wrists are ready for that type of stress. For balance purposes, you're not gonna have them place their hands right along the edge of the wall. I would say a foot away from the wall is a great place for them to place their hands. That way when they stand up, their body weight, the other half is resting on the wall. You wanna make sure that you guide them along the movement. Make sure that they're comfortable, and have them come up with one leg and then you can have them bring up the other leg, that way that they're working on their core strength as well. Alright, so the hand placement is very important. If you're up too close to the wall, you're gonna lose your balance. So get into your lunge position, and place you hands about a foot away from the wall. Perfect! Alright, now go ahead and I'm gonna lift up this leg, perfect. Now bring up your other leg, swing it up, swing it up, rest both legs on the wall. Perfect! And you did your press handstand. So the safety factor's very important. You have to make sure your child has the upper body strength to be able to perform this movement. That's why getting them to learn how to do a pushup first is essential. You wanna make sure that the environment is safe, the wall is sturdy, and there's nothing hanging close around the wall that may fall on them, or they may knock over if they fall from one side to the other. Make sure that you're close by at all times, guiding them through the movement, and again, away from the movement. And that's how to teach a kid to do a press handstand.

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