Learning tuck handstand, shortcut to press handstand skills

September 15


Learning Tuck Hold – Booster To Press Handstand Skills

By Yasuko

September 15, 2022

Press Handstand, Handstand Coach

Enhancing Your Handstand Game: Tuck Hold

Tuck Jump and Tuck Press makes the press handstand more accessible. 
You can improve your two arm handstand ability by doing the tuck handstand, developing overhead flexibility, get a straight line and building strength in the shoulders, and also a great way to develop the sense of pushing hips over the shoulder.  
Tuck handstand drills build strength in your wrists, and core while integrating legs all at the same time. It also trains shoulder extension and toe point awareness. 
It’s easier to learn because your center of gravity is closer to your point of balance - your hands.Working on tuck press and tuck jump is a great way to improve your handstand skills.

I’ve been doing a lot of tuck handstands because it is one of the best ways to understand the movements for developing press handstand skills.

In this article, I'm going to go through a couple of progressions that you can use to get the Tuck.

As anyone who’s performed several tuck jumps in a row will know, they are a hugely demanding exercise. The energy required not only to jump, but to pull the knees into the body, teaches the core compression work and strengthen your core. Both the rectus abdominis and external obliques.  lift the knees towards the chest, as well as land safely. When the core is properly engaged, the force generated from the leg muscles is transmitted to the upper body efficiently through the spine as you lift off the ground. To get the most from your tuck jumps, try doing as many as you can in quick succession. 

The relationship between this movement and the force applied to the shoulders while you are going up and down is a good way to understand the movement of the press handstand. 

How To Do A Tuck Handstand?

Progressive Drills in my YouTube video - Click below to watch!

Did you watch the above video? 

This progressive approach will help to improve stability in your shoulders, and to understand the mechanics of the press.

Once you have your Tuck handstand done,  you should have gained strong shoulders for the future for pike press handstand and also for different shapes and hand balancing skills. The possible door will open for you. When you begin to have some level of consistency in a skill, it’s essential you practice making it pretty - refine your craft. You’re not going to wake up one day with all your bad habits suddenly gone. You need to choose, with each training session, each rep and set to pay attention to the quality of your practice.

No matter what skill you’re working on, I want you to make special effort in doing the basics: straightening your legs, pointing your toes, not rushing, and fine balancing works.

Closing Words:

  • Tuck Jump and Tuck Press makes the press handstand more accessible. 
  • It’s easier to learn because your center of gravity is closer to your point of balance - your hands.
  • Tuck Jump feels and looks good. 
  • Tuck Hold is a great way to stay upright/upside-down for a longer time.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  if you do have any questions about today's topic, feel free to leave a comment in the comment section down below. 

Enjoy your practice, and see you next week! 


About the author

My name is Yasuko and I'm passionate about handstands, yoga movement and flexibility.  I immersed myself in research a lot to inspire myself & experiment for physical development. This has led to the person I am today.

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