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Handstand Push-up

Published: 2021-08-31
Handstand Push-up
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Handstand push-ups are one of the most effective exercises for your shoulder muscles. They are therefore ideally suited for strength and muscle building.

Handstand push-ups involve mostly the upper body musculature, while the core muscles in the abdomen provide tension throughout the body and stabilize your posture.

This exercise is dominated by the shoulder, back, arm (mainly triceps), and chest muscles. They hold the entire weight. The deltoids in the shoulder musculature, the pectoral muscles (pectoralis major and pectoralis minor) and the main back muscles (back extensor, trapezius, latissimus dorsi and some smaller muscles) do the bulk of the work.

There are many benefits to obtaining a strict handstand push-up. Not only are you making your shoulders stronger and more stable, but you are also forced to maintain a tight, braced midline/core throughout the movement.


How to do it

  • Kick feet up to wall

  • Place hands 6-8” from wall

  • Squeeze glutes and engage core muscles

  • Lower body until head touches floor

  • Press up until arms fully locked