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01-16-2010, 02:15 PM
 
Hey guys, I've tried to get away from the "talking into the camera" style video blogs and up them to more quality productions, but every now and then I see some questions on the forum that can be covered very quickly and I don't really need a whole Certified He-Man style video. So I'm starting a new type of series called Certified He-Man Quickies! Pretty basic, point and shoot instructional videos.

My first one has to do with some hand balancing questions I've seen. If you are interested in doing a handstand and hand balancing stunts be sure to pick up a copy of Balance Of Power. In it, John Peterson give you all of the exercises and instruction you need to build up the strength required for hand balancing. Once you've got the skill down and can hold a handstand against a wall, doing a free standing one is just a matter of practice.

With that said, there are are few drills that I did (and still do) that will greatly accelerate your learning curve. In this Certified He-Man Quickie, I demonstrate those drills.

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BTW, I don't recommend you fall into a bridge at the end of a handstand the way I did, kick down to your feat instead. The only reason I did was because it's part of a stunt I'm working on and I just did it out of habit.

Let me know if you have and questions!

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Way Cool Joe!


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Great video Joe!
 
 
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01-16-2010, 08:07 PM
 
Now that was a completely different way of progressing than I've heard. I like it. What little I've done has been wall things or just trying it and either succeeding and coming down by just one step or rolling out of it. I like the flow of your progression. It accepts and works with the natural stumbling along the way. Is this something you were taught in your gymnastics class?

I don't see what quality problem you are talking about. You're outside, talking to the viewer, demonstrating, talking, it's well edited, whassaproblem. You don't have that backdrop screen behind you, but so what. By the way, what is that backdrop screen? I'm thinking of upgrading my blankets covering the dirty dishes background on mine.

Great job as usual,
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01-16-2010, 08:54 PM
 
Thanks guys!

Tom, actually most of the girls in my gymnastics class (I'm the only dude) have previous experience so the subject of hand balancing has never come up; everyone can already do it. Actually, I don't know what you'd do if you weren't able yet, but I've only been going for a few months, so maybe I just haven't seen a really new person.

This progression is just something I work out myself. To get here I used John's book and then worked up do being able to hold a handstand against a wall for two minutes. By that point I knew I had the strength, so I needed a way to break the (more or less) mental barrier of relying on the wall.

As for quality, I didn't actually plan and script this one. I just asked my wife to hold the camera while I talked. It works fine with a simple subject, but if you want to get a more complex concept across you end up editing it and saying, "Oh I should have said this" or "I should have said that." I guess the quality issue is more in my own mind when I'm editing than anything else.

Just Goggle "muslin photography backdrop" if you want your own background

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01-17-2010, 06:11 AM
 
Not long. I'd say six months or so, maybe. A year at most.

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01-17-2010, 08:33 PM
 
Handstand training has great benefits and yet its one of the most challenging forms of fitness. Whether you know it or not, hand balancing is one of the most impressive feats there is. Even after mastering it, its still a challenge to stay up on it and the push-ups are one of the best upper body exercises around.
 
 
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01-17-2010, 08:52 PM
 
Joe,

This is impressive for a couple of reasons. The biggest reason being your overall conditioning and development. Very nicely done. I also like how you went right into the gymnastics bridge at the end. You made the whole routine look easy.
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Hi Joe,

just surfed in after ordering my first item from the shop and really liked the ideas in your video. Hand balancing is something I am definitely keen to do and your progressions make a lot of sense to me and I'll definitely go give 'em a go.

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