Developing the Handstand With Camille Leblanc-Bazinet


So the first thing that I like to do with athletes is making them feel like how they should be upside down and what it would do if they’re not in the right position. So what I do is ask them to take a plate and put it overhead. Now bring your feet together. And if you go from the side Dave is in an amazing straight line. This is pretty much it. His butt is squeezed, his belly’s tucked down and that’s what we want. And now what happens with your athlete is they often get into this position where they can arc like this and that’s more likely to be their handstand hold. And just ask them to do that with the plate and they’ll tell you, when they arc it gets way heavier and it’s not fun. So just learning this position with the plate up is comfy for them because they can think in this position and then we can bring them upside down so I really like this drill just for that. Just to understand how to position your body and which muscles should be working. Then the next thing I do with them is we just start by doing half of a wall climb. So Dave can you go to half of a wall climb? So just go half. Half, half. That’s not half. There you go. And if you see what he did. He just brought his hands further in front. So now in this position what I want is his butt squeezed in, his belly tucked down, and now his goal is going to be to bring his hand as far as he can forward. There you go. So now in this position, what he has to do is he has to open his shoulder and also press down on the floor. Otherwise he’s going to collapse. So this is really good, as you can see, for core strength in this position. You can see him shaking completely right now. You can come down. This is also going to teach him how to press up in the handstand and not just bend at the elbow and arc like we see most of the time. With this one, by pushing the hand forward, you really have to press down and and then, if you see this come in. And now I’m in a strong position. After that, we’re going to go all the way to a handstand. Always facing the wall. Why I want my athlete to always face the wall is if I turn them the opposite way, he’s going to be arced because the wall is behind him. The hands are always going to be a little forward. All the way to the wall, Dave. So now what I want in this position is the same thing we just did. I want him to make sure that he presses down and from the side the goal is to have your hands as close to the wall as you can so here Dave is a little far, but it’s OK if we start there. And now what I want to see is that nothing touches the wall except his feet. So keep your feet together. There you go. So nothing touches the wall except his feet. And then we can just hang there to fortify that. [laughter] And then the next thing I like to do with my athlete is just go back to this position and then you’re just going to remove a tiny bit from the wall and just use the wall as a support. That way you try to do a free handstand but with the wall. I want Dave to go in the first position so press down and now I’m just going to slowly remove his feet from the wall. So you can keep one, there you go. And now he’s learning to find the sticky point where he can hold himself. Right there, good job. And that way you really make your athlete work with their brain and not just jump upside down and try to feel that sticky point and where it feels good.

97 Replies to “Developing the Handstand With Camille Leblanc-Bazinet”

  1. All good and well demonstraing the correct positioning, but what about if peoples shoulders are mobile enough and they have to give up there back which breaks form, what are some things to help with that?

  2. Lipson, Lipson, Lipson…sometimes I think, "I should have tripped you at the games when you passed me," then I remember, "you can beat me up."  Then I remember my Level 1 seminar at Cactus Crossfit and think, "one day Dave might want to trip me."

  3. Very convenient. I'm in a college Gymnastics class now, and have been working on hand stand holds and such so I can prepare to progress fast. The more input the better 🙂

  4. I would drag my nuts through a mile of rusty nails and shattered glass then swim a mile through herpes ridden elephant feces while singing Soulja Boy songs and wearing a 100 lbs weight vest if it meant i could hear her say "athlete" through a walkie talkie. :')

  5. OK you totally forgot to mention that his head should be facing his hands. It's not done the way he did it at the end, it's done the way she did it in the beginning.
    I struggled a lot with the head position thing. Doing it incorrectly may injure your neck

  6. You also forgot to tell us about our finger positions during the stand. That part always confuses me. I'm not sure whether I should collapse my hand to one unit or extend my fingers as much as possible. Especially with the thumb!!

  7. I'm not really a big fan of her. But somehow I hope she'll come back in 2017 and kick but at the games. Will be tough though.

  8. I think it's very important to also teach how to bail from a handstand attempt gone south. You can easily break your wrist by going over or hurt your back or your head if you don't know how to land

  9. Witch my brother we did competition ones for all. who is gonna walk on hands first. I stand for hours at wall and blast….

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