Why the Tuck Handstand

You’ve probably heard the sentence “Tuck so you don’t suck” before. But what is it that makes the tuck handstand such a useful exercise for improving handstands overall?

In this episode I give you the why behind what makes tucks challenging and how they improve your handstands when you practice them consistently. I talk about different body types and ways people tend to compensate for their lack of strength, flexibility, or both.

When I started practicing handstands, tucks felt like the exercise of death. I could hardly hold one against the wall and it took a long time for them to become easy. But along with improving my tuck game, my handstands have become solid and easy as well. Getting a good tuck handstand was a big part of getting my straddle press to handstand, solidifying my balance so that I could get a one-minute handstand and they were the first step to getting my basics in place, so that I could progress to working towards a one-arm handstand. It’s one of those big bang for your buck exercises that can make all the difference in your progress!

Because tucks are such a good tool and do so much for your shoulders, I decided to break them down into a two-part series. After this weeks “Why the tuck” you’ll learn about “How the tuck” and we’ll talk about the implementation in your practice. So stay tuned for next week’s video!

I hope you find this video useful and interesting. Don’t be a stranger and leave a comment below to let us know how you feel about tucks! Are they part of your practice? Do you find them challenging? Does your body compensate in any particular way when you try to practice them?

I can’t wait to hear about your experience!

It’s never too late to do what you love!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.