I came across this L-stand exercise in my Nike Training Club Instructor days and for some reason just loved it. I think it’s cos it looks a little fancy, it looks pretty easy but damn, I remembered why I loved it when I had to do it to take the photo for updating this post! …you should’ve heard the noises I was making! haha!
The L-stand is an awesome drill for gaining strength in your handstand and working on your form. I remember in my school days I could handstand without even thinking about it, then when I took up pole training, we worked on our handstands a lot to improve our core and shoulder strength.
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How To Do A Wall L Stand
First of all, make sure you have a clear and safe space to give this exercise a go. Make sure there is nothing around that will injure you should you fall out of the pose, and use a mat for extra grip and padding.
- Stand facing the wall.
- Place one foot flat on the wall at hip height.
- Swivel your body to face away from the wall, keeping your foot on the wall and place your hands down on the ground underneath your shoulders.
- Bring your second foot up onto the wall.
- Walk your hands underneath your shoulders if needed.
- Squeeze your belly button in towards your spine to engage your core.
- Hold for 8 long breaths.
Key points to remember for the L-stand:
Make sure you focus on achieving a 90 degree angle at your hips, so your legs are straight.
Push down through your arms and don’t let your shoulders collapse.
5 to 10 seconds x 6 sets and adding 5 seconds per set as you can. Work up to holding this for 1 minute per set.
P.S Safety always comes first. If you are new to exercise ensure you seek advice from your GP. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids, wear appropriate clothing and carry out drills in a suitable space. Technique is paramount, and nothing should hurt. Should you experience pain, discomfort, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath etc, STOP and consult your GP.