2 hours ago
I never was a gymnast growing up, i had never done yoga, i couldn’t even hold a 3 second handstand, but at 29 years old, after a debilitating injury (story for another time) i needed to find another way to challenge myself physically and mentally, outside of lifting weights 5 days a week and then doing some workout i thought was good for me because it left me rolling around on the ground unsure of my name.
gymnastic strength work, in particular the goal of a handstand seemed like a good topic to start research and experimenting with.
unfortunately when i first started, i attempted to rush the process. the photo on the right is roughly 2 months, from no handstand to consistent 30-second holds with this extremely broken line.
unfortunately this extremely broken line came at a price. because i rushed the process and skipped the necessary steps or milestones along the way, i was using all the wrong muscles to hold myself up (looking back i am not sure how i was even able to hold that). overusing all these muscles that weren’t efficient for the handstand, ended up in my hands going numb on me, especially at night.
it’s a good thing when i make up my mind on something, i become obsessed with it. i am pretty sure i didn’t sleep for more then 2 hours straight for multiple months. my poor girlfriend had to deal with me constantly waking up, tossing and turning and being crankier than normal during the day.
it was only when i put my ego aside and took my time going through a very specific process and not neglecting what i thought were “unnecessary” and pointless exercises did i start moving in the right direction.