This handstand tip is for a majority of women: Take the arch out of your handstand (take a picture if you haven’t before, I cannot tell you how many people I see in handstand- even holding it- and they are not stacked)! Even if it’s only slight, you are working harder than you need to, you’ll fall off balance easier, and you won’t be able to work into other variations (such as one-handed), until you are completely stacked.
This handstand tip is for a majority of men. While women tend to tend to arch in their handstands, men tend to use their strength to “muscle” into it by bending elbows and planching- like Ben Gigliotti is demo’ing for us in this picture! Incredibly, many men seem to be able to hold this posture for ages. However, if you’re bending elbows or planching to avoid falling or without knowing it, like arching, you’re doing more work than you need to, and it’s getting the way of a balanced, stacked handstand, as well as other handstand variations.