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How To Do A Handstand: From the Basic Exercises To The Free Standing Handstand Pushup [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Barrett
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

How To Do A Handstand is the only resource you need if your goal is to be able to hold a handstand, and even do handstand pushups, without leaning against a wall.
Handstand training can help you develop tremendous upper body strength, as well as a great sense of balance and body awareness--but it also offers something that a lot of exercises can't. It's actually fun.
If you've made it your goal to be able to hold a free handstand--or to take it further, and do free standing handstand pushups--this is the book for you. How To Do A Handstand covers everything you need to know to master these skills and make handstand training a part of your regular routine.
Training for this skill can be very rewarding. It can also be very frustrating if you don't make any progress because you aren't quite sure which exercises to do, and how exactly to do them.
This book will teach you all the exercises and progressions you need to master this skill--even if you've never attempted a handstand before in your life. You'll have full explanations along with pictures depicting every exercise you'll use to reach your goal. All you need to do is pick up a physical or digital copy today, and get started.

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About the Author

Patrick Barrett learned how to do a handstand during high school wrestling practice, and has loved this exercise ever since. His interest in fitness goes back to when he first lifted weights with his dad and older brothers as a kid.

Patrick participated in a half-dozen organized sports (most notably inline hockey and high school wrestling) until a neck injury during a wrestling match in his junior year prevented him from playing further in any contact sports.

After the injury, he developed an interest in pursuing strength and balance, particularly through bodyweight and self-taught gymnastic-type exercises--like handstands and handstand pushups, among others.

Patrick has always loved both cooking and eating food. Unsatisfied with the confusing and often contradictory nutritional advice offered by mainstream sources, Patrick searched for another way to understand human nutrition that was logical, consistent, and effective. His books on food and nutrition reflect this 'cleaner,' more intuitive and useful understanding of food and how it impacts our health. 

Patrick hopes that his books will save his audience time and aggravation by finally offering practical ways to achieve their nutrition and fitness goals.

Product Details

  • File Size: 693 KB
  • Print Length: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Patrick Barrett (March 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HV8JTE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,445 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Learned How To Do A Handstand May 21, 2012
By Cogger
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This is a great book that goes into the easily over-looked details on how to progress from a basic wall-assisted handstand to a free standing hand stand push-up. Hand stand walking is thrown in there for fun as well. The author did a great job explaining the concepts of each progression. The images alone are great references. Whether you are doing handstands for crossfit, to let your inner child out, or just a fun bbq party trick, this book will give the simple progressions to get there.

I have only had it a short time and already gained the confidence to get off the wall as well as take my first hand-stand walking steps.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand May 13, 2012
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I really liked the way the Author broke down the handstand. I started using his techniques as soon as I received this book and now I can do a free standing handstand. The philosophy of thinking about standing up on your feet really helped when you start lean back or forward in to the wall. I'm now working on free standing handstand pushups, thank you for a simple but effective method for the handstand. For the price you can't beat this information!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow October 15, 2012
By Bj
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Bought on a whim. Really easy to get started. Never realized I would be able to do handstands! I've been practicing off and on for a few weeks and am almost ready to do them without a wall...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Held a handstand for 10seconds January 26, 2013
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The heading might seem unimpressive but it's like an 8second improvement to my previous free handstand hold. The tips are really helping me with technique, in terms of approach and small tweaks to technique. I'm confident I'll be able to hold a 30second handstand soon, with the freestyle handstand push up my ultimate goal. I would buy this book again, thanks.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can feel the progress March 26, 2013
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I always wanted to be able to hold a handstand, but I'm on the bigger side so I thought it might be a little bit of a challenge. The progressions and pictures in this book make it much more attainable. I haven't been working with it too long but I'm totally comfortable in a wall handstand and I'm getting closer to a free handstand every day.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Elegant, but lacks some progressions skills December 31, 2012
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This inexpensive small book contains easy to read (and understand) instructions. The author progressively takes you from standard push-ups to a free-standing handstand and beyond. The black & white photos may not be of the highest studio quality, but they do give you a reasonably visual guide of body position and form.

I would have liked Patrick Barrett to cover more progressions (a.k.a. lead-up skills) and to cover Shoulder and Back flexibility in more detail (as Logan Christopher's "Secrets of the Handstand" does).

Although a bit lean, this well presented book does contain enough information to allow you to work your way to a free-standing handstand.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool exercise March 25, 2013
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The balance and control you have to have in a handstand always appealed to me. This book is teaching me how to get that balance and control and I'm really enjoying it. I feel like I'm getting stronger in my shoulders and my hands and I can already do a handstand for a second or two.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Direct Path to Handstand Mastery March 1, 2013
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There are few that has mastery of a handstand let alone it's variants like handstand pushups or walking on one's hands. This short, concise book gives you the steps towards such mastery. Not for those who aren't fit to begin with....can't make silk out of a sow's ear as they say!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very useful and
Published 1 month ago by Alexandr
2.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended
Won't get you any closer to doing freestanding handstands. This book is a waste of money, you can find all the information in any youtube handstand "tutorial".
Published 5 months ago by BL
5.0 out of 5 stars short and to the point
Good read. Packed full of useful info in a condensed but informative book. Highly recommend if you want to handstand.
Published 6 months ago by rick dziatkowicz
5.0 out of 5 stars exactly what it says on the cover...
Not rocket science, not "War and and Peace ", but it did exactly what it said it would, and very well with plenty of examples and exercises.
Published 6 months ago by Evan Williamson
1.0 out of 5 stars Article online would do the same
I cannot deny that this book has some good tips, but I might as well find those same tips on some article online (book is just a few pages).
Published 6 months ago by Ali BaderEddin
5.0 out of 5 stars Basic and effective.
This book is short and sweet. It gets right to the point and provides strength, conditioning and balancing workouts for someone wanting to go from zero handstand ability to very... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rebecca B.
3.0 out of 5 stars meh
I shouldn't have bought this book.
There's not much that he says that I couldn't have figured out myself. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Adam
3.0 out of 5 stars Not done yet
I would say that the guide seems simple enough to follow, I've only gotten a few short chapters in at this point, but the premise of the book seems simple enough: practice and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by William Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and concise
Pretty simple book; the key to a handstand is a balance, shoulder strength and transition from push off to the wall
Published 9 months ago by Jaro Snopek
5.0 out of 5 stars Good resource
Short and sweet, with a lot of great tips. I've learned a few things and I've been working on trying to do a freestanding handstand for a while now.
Published 11 months ago by Takeshi Oda
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