Good evening everyone!
I am creating and participating in a 30 day challenge over April to make my handstands as strong as possible! I have seen a lot of yoga challenges online but I am hoping with my rehab background I ‘should’ be able to get myself very strong and flexy.
I can be easily distracted so this challenge is perfect! Having set a minimum per day of performing the pose I decide to do for 30 seconds, 4 times with 30 seconds to a minute rest in between. This should be the recipe for winners, which in my eyes you win by just giving it a bloody good go.
So far with no practice I can do a hand stand against a wall for about 30-40 seconds before I hit fatigue, 3-4 times. My goal is to be able to do them free standing but I believe that will take A LOT longer than 30 days, I am doing this to see how far I can get in this period.
I am aware of the importance of rest so if I have a particularly challenging pose, like today (Scorpio) I will have an easier day tomorrow but it will still be strongly related to help my handstand in the future. E.G. Improving shoulder range into flexion or shoulder stability.
So! The plan of attack is going to be do something everyday that will help improve my handstands for a minimum of 2 minutes… I am going to VAS score it out of 10 (10 being I couldn’t hold it for another second, 1 being I could do this all day..)
Unless you are two days in and already feel exhausted in your shoulders! This may have something to do with the fact I did an hour shoulder workout prior to the Day 2 challenge to ensure I was warm and ready for the month ahead.
This involved exercises such as: TRX rows, pull ups, plank, over head press, weighted rope drags and many more brutal shoulder related exercises. This covered the entire shoulder range and we worked for 1 minute on 30 seconds off for 10 exercises 3 times round.
Boommmm. I am ready Yoga world. I want to be able to handstand and I know yoga shouldn’t be competitive but it would make me very happy to be able to do so, so judge me! I like to set goals to show myself I can achieve what I set my mind to!
So without further ado I am going to post every day on Instagram and blog whenever I feel I have something worth blogging about. Mainly because I am new to blogging and find it very time consuming.
ANYWAY, here it is.
Day 1 :
This was tough! Early in the morning first day I wanted to work hard so I could see progressions at the end of the month. For effort level out of 10…
(10 being I couldn’t hold it for another second, 1 being I could do this all day..)
I rated this a solid 7. Holding for 30 seconds was tough and keep going up into a full handstand, I wasn’t going into shoulder flexion fully. My hips wanted to do a lot of the flexibility and my shoulders aren’t strong enough for that kind of commitment yet.
I also did some core work to see how much I progress. I will probably do the below at the end of the 4 weeks to see how much easier the 3 reps look, aka to see how my core strength has improved.
Apologies for the horrid camera angle but, what you gun’ do?
Scorpion! Now…. Today was the first day EVER I have done a forearm stand. I found it harder than a handstand! I don’t know if that is normal but I so wanted to just put my head on the ground and save my shoulders. I think I found this so challenging because my shoulders are almost at 180 degrees and my body normally avoids that as I don’t have strength there… clearly! Whilst here some very questionable noises were heard from the gym as wow this gives your back a good ol’ flex. Jeeeeezz I felt loose after, but during it was a challenge.
8/10, possibly a 9! I STRUGGLED to hold this for 30, but that is why I’m doing the challenge.
Learning curve to all, mainly me 🙂
I am going to type up my next post, some time in the present future so thank you for reading!
Wish me luck ❤