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Practicing Handstand Walks

So I’m on a quest to actually meet my CrossFit goals this year. One of those is handstand walks. Here’s one of my latest videos with me practicing. Let me know what you think, and I’d love it if you subscribed to my YouTube channel (you don’t have to watch — just subscribe!). Thanks!


Learning to Walk Again…

Practicing handstand walks is learning to walk again.  It’s all about balance and—wait for it–practice.

Skill work in CrossFit is time consuming.  And it can get frustrating.

Double unders.  Took me 2 years to finally be able to do 100 unbroken almost every time.  And this is practicing every day for 6 months in the beginning.

Handstand push-ups.  Some of this is strength but mostly it’s about learning to be upside down as well.

Rope climbs.  Similar to handstand push-ups.  Mostly skill with wrapping your feet on the rope.

Multiple toes to bar.  This is a skill that takes practice to master the momentum swing.

Currently, I’m much better at finding my balance, kicking up into a handstand without the wall, and taking two-three steps.  It’s the being upside down longer and keeping balance longer.

And that will take practice.  And time.

And time before the Open is running out…


I Become Obsessive When I Can’t Do Something…

Anyone else like this?

My current goal is to have handstand walks by the Open.

I know, it’s a lofty goal, and I don’t know if I’ll make it.  But I’m working my butt off trying.

And it’s become a bit obsessive at this point.

Every chance I get I’m flipping around.  I’m trying to hold my handstand longer.  Trying to get my kick ups right every time.  Doing my WodPrep course I signed up for on my off days from strength.  Having my gymnastic daughter teach me all the tricks and spot me.  Practicing, practicing, practicing–that’s what I’m doing.

And it’s hard to stop.

I had to stop to write this post.

But only after a got in one more handstand!

Any time I can’t do something I become obsessed until I can.  Because I know with enough practice and hard work I can do anything.  This applies to life as well.  Writing novels.  Learning a new computer program.  Changing jobs and mastering it.  I constantly have to be challenged or I get bored and move on.  This is why CrossFit is my passion.  Because there’s always something to work on, something to improve, or something to learn.

Without it (or whatever it is you crave in your life), you’re just going through the motions and life loses its meaning.

And who wants that?