London School of Hand balance

Handstand

Purity. Grace. Power.

You feel completely focused and in full control of your entire body and mind. You place your hands on the floor, then slowly lift your legs off the ground and raise them straight up over your head. You hold the pose, tensing everything, total concentration. You’ve nailed it. This is what real strength looks like.

Why you’ll love it

  • One of the hottest workout trends right now
  • Handstand anywhere – all you need is your body
  • It’s a fantastic full-body workout that’s at the core of gymnastics, Crossfit, calisthenics and yoga
  • Grow your confidence, strength and flexibility
  • Great skill for beginners, infinitely challenging as you progress

What to expect

You’ve seen the handstands in hot locations on Instagram and you’d love to do it. But realistically you don’t want to be face-planting or worse, neck-breaking, right? We’ve got you. Pretty much anyone can achieve a handstand with the right training.

It’s all in the preparation. You won’t spend the whole time in a handstand class standing on your head. There are a surprisingly wide variety of drills, stretches and prep exercises to help you develop your strength, stability, mobility and flexibility. You’ll need to prepare your core, open your shoulders and hip flexors and work on getting straight lines and standing more effortlessly.

Even when you begin hand balancing itself there are so many possibilities – from mastering handstands in straight, straddle and tucked positions to one-handed tricks and setting your movements to music. Pros will work on the one-arm handstand, the crocodile and the Mexican handstand.

Benefits to your body

Handstands are big right now and it’s easy to see why. The ultimate bodyweight workout, the activity of balancing requires your whole body to work as one. Core strength, upper body strength, wrist mobility, shoulder mobility and overall flexibility come together to make handstands happen.

And it’s a skill that keeps on giving. Handstands will enhance your yoga inversions and skills in gymnastics and other aerial arts. Not to mention taking your holiday pics up a notch…

What to wear


Go barefoot with standard gymwear but avoid anything baggy. That avoids an unwanted top-over-head scenario when you go upside down.

Handstand