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  • Writer's pictureSheryl Lyx

"How Long Do I Need to Get My Handstands?"

Updated: May 8, 2023


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If I had a dollar for every time someone asks me “How long do I need to get my handstands…”


Honestly, I don’t know. But what I do know is that the key to getting your handstands is consistency…

1. Consistent Training Routines

Developing a skill requires doing the same thing over and over again. Zoom in on one skill set that you want to hone and dedicate a certain amount of time just to train it. I have seen my students improve greatly when I drill in certain skills over a period of time and have become more effective in getting into and holding their handstands.


2. Consistent Practice Schedule

In the earlier days of my practice, I had assumed that intensity is the key to progress. These days, I believe in doing a little and a lot. A little every day, but a lot of repetition. You will see progress faster by doing simple drills every day for 15 minutes compared to doing a 1.5-hour handstand class once a week.

My students improved greatly when they upped their practice from twice weekly to four to five times weekly. And the strongest practitioners I know do a little (whatever that means to them) every day.


3. Consistent Coach/ Teacher

I know, when you first start working on inversions, it’s tempting to go shopping for coaches/ teachers. Every coach/teacher will give you a different adjustment cue and some of which will conflict with one another. An intermediate/advanced practitioner might be able to appreciate the nuances but a beginner will likely feel overwhelmed. Find one coach/teacher who resonates with you and stick to him/her for a while. You’ll naturally see progress from there.

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