Why I Love The Wall Handstand

The wall handstand is only a recent edition to my training program over the last 6-12 months and I have started incorporating this and other versions into my weekly program because I feel it is a great exercise to help with developing stability and strength through the shoulder girdle that is different to many other overhead pushing movements that often involve pushing the weight overhead away from you compared to the wall handstand which involves pushing yourself away from the floor.  I feel it allows me the opportunity to push away through the shoulders rather than always feeling like I am compressing my shoulders when pushing a weight overhead.  It has also been a great addition because it has encouraged me to focus on developing strength and stability as well as mobility through my shoulders in relation to my spine.

For those of you who are currently training in the gym regularly, I would urge you to try adding some handstands into your training program as it both fun and something different to add into ones upper body program.  One can add wall walk handstands in (walking your feet up the wall after starting from the push up position on the floor), static holds or handstand shoulder presses.  Before trying this, be sure to have a training partner nearby and some coaching on how to perform them.


This blog post was written by osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy. Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD leading Osteopathy clinics. At the clinic we treat a wide range of clients, ranging from the office worker, exercise enthusiast to athlete. We have 3 experienced osteopaths working across both of the clinics. The Melbourne City CBD clinic is located at 29 Somerset Place (basement), close to the corner of Elizabeth St and Little Bourke in the Melbourne City CBD. Our premises adjoin the Jon Weller Personal Training Studio, a fully-equipped training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials or specific training programs and rehabilitation. The Docklands clinic is located at 717 Bourke St (Ground Floor), beneath the Channel 9 building near the walkway from Southern Cross Train Station to Etihad Stadium. Our premises adjoin Pilates on Bourke, a fully-equipped pilates and yoga training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials, pilates or specific training programs and rehabilitation. To speak to an Osteopath or book an appointment at Principle Four Osteopathy, please book online or call 03 9670 9290.