Try This L-Stand Exercise To Work On Your Handstand

Elle in the L-Stand against a white wall

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.


Elle in the L-Stand against a white wall

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.

  1. Stand facing the wall.
  2. Place one foot flat on the wall at hip height.
  3. 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.
  4. Bring your second foot up onto the wall. 
  5. Walk your hands underneath your shoulders if needed.
  6. Squeeze your belly button in towards your spine to engage your core.
  7. 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.

Try This:

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. 



  1. March 28, 2020 / 11:33

    We did this in my yoga class to perfect our handstands. I must admit, it took me a while to even get to the 90 degree angle, but it made me feel so powerful when I finally did. I’m definitely going to practise this while my gym remains closed and I’ll use your handy tips for holding it for longer – thank you!

  2. Matilda @RunMum
    June 29, 2013 / 10:08

    ^^dittoI can so see myself failing at this. I use to love doing handstands too. I might attempt this, but I need to figure out where I will do it in my house.

    • Elle Linton
      June 29, 2013 / 10:14

      Let me know how you get on! …might have to shuffle some furniture for a few minutes to find a wall…I think we all have that problem 🙂 …there's a Japanese proverb that says "fall seven times, stand up eight…"Good luck 😉 x

  3. Chi-Chi
    June 28, 2013 / 13:38

    hmm, this looks and sounds easy, but I guess it's not gonna be for me when I first try it out!this looks ideal for practising yoga poses as well xwww.thatgoodgirlchi.blogspot.co.uk

    • Elle Linton
      June 29, 2013 / 10:09

      Can't even do it in NTC yoga…no walls ;)Nothing is easy for anyone the first time…usually…haha! Have you nailed crow yet?! I guess I can find out on Tuesday if you are at yoga?! 😉 x

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