Monkey Handstand

Description: Handstand switching between one hand and 2 hands.


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Goal: Handstand with one hand
Objective: Learn body control and tight core.

Equipment: Wall OR Wedge Mat against a wall
Reps: 3 sets of 5 each shoulder
Time: 5 -10 min

  1. Start in lunge position, kick up into a handstand against a wall or wedge mat against a wall. Ensure proper handstand position, abs pulled in, lower back touching the wall/mat, head in neutral position with ears between arms.
  2. Lift one hand at a time and lift to arm pit, like a monkey. Start with one set and work up to 5 sets.
  3. Step down out of handstand and end in lunge.


  • Proper upper body strength and handstand form is IMPORTANT.
  • Bending arms could cause falling.
  • Arching in lower back can cause back pain.

Things To Watch For:

  • Lower back not sticking to the wall/mat.
  • Coming out of proper handstand technique: Head alignment.

Skills This Helps:

  • Snap Down Snap Up Rebounds, Round offs, Back Handspring, Front Handspring