My name is Bianca Hartney (@biancarbsabdfitness) I’m a student at the School of Calisthenics and I’ve got my heart set on finally learning to handstand in lockdown with the help of the handstand programme inside the Virtual Classroom.
Like many of you, I’ve had time on my hands during lockdown, literally no excuses now, to work towards a goal or more like a dream I’ve always had of being able to do a handstand but just not done anything about it. Until now.
Not long ago, telling people you were practicing calisthenics and learning handstands would have conjured images of Jane Fonda in leggings and squats to music. Now, calisthenics is more popular than ever.
Who wouldn’t want to learn to handstand during lockdown?!
My fascination with bodyweight mastery came about in the late 90’s as a kid in New Zealand. All of my friends went to gymnastics classes and were constantly tumbling and hand-standing. Unfortunately, my beloved parents didn’t consider gymnastics a priority, academia was more important. Now however as a 29 year old woman, I can pursue what I like. Seeing other adults accomplish incredible physical feats in calisthenics is hugely inspiring to me. Others with no gymnastics background at all no less. So here I go, as a total beginner pursuing my hand standing, strength gaining dreams!
Below is how I found using the School of Calisthenics handstand program and the progress it has helped me make.
I’m relatively used to throwing myself into a handstand position but I have no strength to hold it at the moment. I’m kind of nailing a clumsy cartwheel at best. The strength work is a total challenge. The new handstand programme for online members in the Virtual Classroom is very comprehensive and the strength elements that is outlined has certainly been an eye opener for me.
At first I was keen to skip through all of the reading and watching and ready to start the doing! It’s worth slowing down to learn, the practice is better with a little knowledge – that knowledge is allowing me to apply myself better during the training session and also helps me to, as the coaches say…
Trust the process
The first session definitely highlighted a lot of weaknesses. But it was good to get an understanding of where I am and feel that in following the handstand programme I have a process that I can trust and the tools to be able to help me redefine my impossible. It might take some time, but I’m in this for the long haul and looking forward to celebrating some little wins.
Over the weeks as my training has been progressing it has certainly thrown up some challenges. As with learning all new things, the demons were in the stalls ready to taunt me. I didn’t anticipate the mental challenge that would be such a key element of learning the handstand. It’s physically challenging, yes, but sometimes it feels the frustrations and mental challenge is the hardest. I’m sure their ugly heads will appear again but for now I’m batting them off with healthy salads and positive ACTION towards those lofty ambitions of mine.
Bianca Hartney (guest blog @biancarbsabdfitness)
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