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Home Work: Stand on the Wall

I find it exhilarating to get a new perspective on the world, especially on days when I am feeling a little low energy. Going upside down is great fun and it builds your shoulder, upper back, and arm strength. Inversions can be a little tricky, but this handstand variation takes advantage of the stability provided by a wall.

For more detailed instructions and how not to do this handstand,


  • The most important thing about this exercise is to have your hands in the right position. You want them directly under your shoulders. To help measure the correct distance, sit on the floor with the soles of your feet planted against the wall. Look at where your bum is and that's where you want to put your hands. So carefully turn over and place your hands flat on the floor, shoulder width apart.
  • Now place one foot on the wall and then the other. Your feet should be touching, and your legs should be perpendicular to the wall, parallel to the floor. You'll know you're doing it right when you feel all the weight of your body in your arms. If you're not sure if your legs and arms are in the right position, have someone look at you doing this handstand. See below, the legs are too high in the photo on the left, and they're too low in the photo on the right. Also make sure your arms are not way out passed your head.

  • Stay like this for 30 seconds if you can, and when your shoulders and arms can't take anymore, walk your feet back down to the floor.

Fit's Tip: If your wrists begin to hurt, then press your fingertips firmly into the floor to relieve some of the pressure. If it becomes unbearable, then stop all together. It'll take some time to build strength in your wrists so work on this exercise a little at a time.

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