Only the next step

by carney on January 13, 2014

Every movement, no matter how complicated, has a simple, step by step progression that will get you from not being able to do it at all, to doing it well, to doing it skillfully. The only thing that is required is your consistent practice and training. The handstand walk is a good example. Most people have trouble with handstands, even when supported by a wall. They lack the flexibility and strength in the shoulders and neck to support the full weight of the body.

For many, starting with the hands and feet on the ground, and hips high in the air, is about all the load their shoulders can handle. From there, we start to raise the hips by raising the feet, until the hips are over the shoulders. This can take quite some time. Once the shoulders start to be able to support the full weight of the body, we begin working “off the wall”, and eventually get to the point where the individual is able to handstand walk on their own. This process can take weeks, months, or even years, and involves a bit more than just what’s described above. However, hopefully you grasp the relative ease that such a progression would allow you to master something in the future that seems impossible now. The secret is to start where you are, and take only the next step.

Workout of the Day

“Amanda”
9-7-5 reps for time:
Muscle-ups
Snatches, 60 kg

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