Well here we are in unprecedented times. All gyms and schools in the area have closed due to the Coronavirus (I know you know that, but I wanted to write it down so years from now we can look back and remember this crazy time!)
While we can't do gymnastics here at the gym, we can still do it at home! A great way to keep the little ones healthy is to keep them active. A perfect "P.E." class at home can include any of the following:
- talk a walk around the block with the family
- jump on the trampoline if you have one
- jump rope outside! Any one know how to double dutch?
- play catch or basketball in the driveway
- climb a tree!
- practice handstands!
There are lots of fun drills that can help you learn a handstand. First, we must get comfortable on our hands. That's where Bear Crawl comes in!
Put your hands on the ground and walk using your hands and feet. Bonus points if you can do it with straight legs! This will help those arms get strong enough to support your weight in a handstand.
Now we need to learn the starting position and the middle position.
A Lunge is the position you see above. Pick your favorite foot and place it in front. Bend your front leg and straighten your other leg out behind you. Place your arms up by your ears. The goal is to be in a straight line from your fingertips all the way down your back leg.
Then, you will lean forward into a T position.
This position is what you will pass through before kicking to a handstand. Practice holding it on both legs and see how long you can do it!
Want to learn more? Check out our video below with more skills and drills that will help you learn a handstand!