How to Do a Handstand on a Wall

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A handstand against a wall is a great beginners strategy to learn how to balance on their own. Understand how young gymnasts can use the wall to their advantage with advice from an experienced gymnastics coach in this free video on gymnastics techniques.

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Hi there my name is Lisa. I'm here from World of Gymnastics in Woodstock, Georgia. We coach gymnastics. We also have cheerleading here at our campus and then there is swimming across the street so we have a family feel in our campus but today we're going to talk to you about how to teach a handstand against a wall. First our girls are going to start off. We're going to teach you how to do a lunge. They're going to start with their legs apart with their front toe is going to be turned out. This way their hips stay aligned to the mat that they're going towards. They're going to lean in and reach their back leg. We call this in gymnastics a T s our girls are going to show you this T position. Then they're going to lever up into a handstand which means they're going to keep lifting their back leg and reach their front leg. At the top of their handstand you will notice their coaches are supporting their bodies but they are stretching through their shoulders and through the hips and squeezing as tight as they can. On their way back down they're going to show that lever position coming back down, back into their T position and landing. The difficulty about doing it on a floor without a wall is there is nothing to support so when we go ahead and do it on a wall she is going to squeeze and touch her feet all the way against the wall and stay nice and tight that way she can learn how to balance herself. I'm going to have Emma do it but from her head so if they are not being able to master this handstand they can try and do a headstand. So she is going to put her head on the ground, kick her feet up and squeeze nice and tight. That way they're not having to balance on their arm. They are just using their core muscles to balance.

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