I started the experiment on the 25th of April 2020, with playing around with handstands without any knowledge on how to structure my training–just to get a feel if that’s something I enjoy.
Turns out that I do, so I dived deeper.
I found this amazing Handstand Tutorial on the 6th of May and it inspired me to take practicing handstands seriously. I’m implementing the five step strategy from there:
Prep - Practice - Play - Push - Ponder
For now I’m not committing to a specific chunk of time to ease the resistance of starting another practice (my daily routine is quite packed already). I’m hoping that a combination of play-first approach with a proper training structure will create a self-reinforcing loop of improving my skills while having a total blast.
Let’s see what happens.
3 June: It’s a bit sad but I haven’t been practicing in quite a long time. But that’s okay. I’ve just rebooted my routine and I’m excited to start playing with handstands again. (I’m switching to dates, because day numbers are confusing).
Day 17: This time we took advantage of the sunny weather, went outside and did some play with no wall
Day 15 and 16: Taking a break. Until now, we’ve been doing handstands every single day and we can feel that our bodies needs a bit of rest. The tutorial we’re following suggests practicing handstands 4 days a week. That definitelly makes sense.
Day 14: Practice with a wall
Day 3: Testing the Waters
Day 1: 25th of April*
*To be fair, I’m not exactly sure how to decide on which day was really the first, so I picked one that kinda made sense. I intuitively feel it’ll be advantageous to keep a log of days–perhaps that’s the sailor in me speaking ⛵️.
Reach out to a friend of mine who happens to be a badass handstand coach and ask if he’d like to give some feedback on this strategy. See if there’s anything I could offer to in exchange to make his life more amazing.