April Challenge Keeva! Week1

If you haven’t already read it, see our April challenge post where we set each other a task for the month!

Challenge Keeva! Press forearmstand
So this may seem like a bit of a random challenge, but headstands are one of those things that have haunted me since I was an ‘aspiring’ child gymnast, obviously the reason I never quite made the Olympics đŸ˜‰ I could always do headstands, even headsprings over a vault, but try a handstand & I fell over. So what better to challenge yourself to 30+ years later?!!

From a headstand I can do this challenge with little bother, lifting and lowering my legs with decent control and no kicking. But for some reason as soon as I go to arms or hands my brain stops talking to the rest of my body and the most I can do is kiss my knees – well blow them a kiss anyway! So I decided I had to start with the basics this week, getting stronger in my upper body & holding a forearm and handstand, preferably not just against a wall. And I’m so excited that last night I actually managed to properly hold a handstand!! I haven’t mastered any of this yet but being able to hold these freestanding for even just a few seconds is a big achievement for me, has only taken 30 odd years to get there, but hey, if I could talk to 8 year old me now!

The technical bit
I did a bit of research (ie. youtube tutorials!) and selected out some of the main things I needed to work on.

Form
Arms shoulder width, pushing down into arms & pushing shoulders away (so not hunched up).
Engage the core (still struggling while upside down to get my brain to tell my core anything!)
Clench the butt, thighs etc & point the toes!
Breathe!


Strength
Repetition, repetition, repetition’ or ‘practice makes perfect’ …pick your mantra, its the only way to go!
Ten mins per day for 7 days, doing a mix of armstands & headstands (wrists can get sore with too many handstands!) against a wall holding the form. Gradually getting a little adventurous, lifting one leg off the wall, then two, then generally falling over most days! Definitely as the days went on I could go a little longer with each progression.


Working on the push side of things (as my goal is not to have to kick into position) I found a horribly hard workout and stole an exercise from it. Basically sitting on the floor, legs out straight, lifting legs & pulsing for as long as can keep going. Rest & repeat. Hopefully this pays off in coming weeks!

#handstandshirtchallenge
This challenge actually had perfect timing with another challenge going round, so Ruby being so nice forwarded it to me too…. well why not!

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