Now 99.99% of the time, I just do what my Trainer tells me. He’s that good, and we have that solid of a relationship. But this time, I’m gonna push back. WHY do I have to learn to do a free-standing handstand? It’s not a fundamental move, like the squat or deadlift. It doesn’t limit my ability to improve shoulder strength, core stability and body awareness while upside-down, because I can do inversions and HSPUs against the wall. And it's just not that important to me. So give me one good reason (besides “because I said so”) that I have to learn to do one.
Will it make me a more well-rounded athlete? Sure. But I’m not training for the Olympics. I’m not training for the Cirque du Soleil. I’m not training for any reason other than to satisfy my own personal fitness goals. Which at the moment do not include free-standing handstands.
I know I am breaking the 10th CrossFit Commandment – “regularly learn new things”. But if I am constantly adding new things to my training, I’ll end up further and further down the path of “mediocre at lots of things and really good at very few”. The time I spend training this move (that I don’t care about) will take valuable time away from improving OTHER moves (that I DO care about). Why am I spending time on a specialized move like a free-standing handstand when my back squat, clean, ring dips and pull-ups still need SO much attention?
And yes, at some point I want to open a gym and be a trainer. So can I coach free-standing handstands, even if I can’t do one? Bet your ass I can. I’ve spent plenty of time with Tucker, learning what a perfect handstand looks like, feels like (while spotted) and how to cue clients into that position. I coached this move at the gymnastics cert, and I’m happy to say every one of my trainees walked away with a better looking handstand than they started with.
So again, I ask you… why do I have to learn to do this? The short answer? I DON’T. Radical, huh?
Week 2, Day 8
- 50 DUs
- CFWU x 1
Workout – G
“Tabata Your Mom”
- Push-ups: 8-7-7-7-7-6-6-6 = 54
- Sit-ups: 12-13-12-12-12-12-12-12 = 97
- Squats: 19-19-18-16-15-15-15-14 = 131
- Ring rows: 7-6-5-4-3-3-3-3 = 34
- Ring dips: 6-5-4-4-3-3-4-3 = 32
I haven’t done a Tabata in ages. Last time my push-up score was 45 (+9), sit-ups were 78 (+19) and squats were 103 (+28). Body rows and dips are a new addition. I forgot how taxing those rows are. That went downhill fast. So did squats, actually. Eesh. I "managed" my push-ups, I could have done lots more in the first few rounds but I shot for consistency. Next time I'll go for 8 per round.
My pull-ups have hit a plateau. I’m not practicing kipping as much, my dead hangs have stalled and my endurance is simply non-existent. Maybe complaining about it here will help. Or I could just start GTG'ing them again. My shower rod has missed me, I bet.
3 rounds of circus tricks
- STC - dislocate - inversion - inverted pike - L negative - handing L-sit