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Sašo and Andrej @ level 2

wall handstand • hold for time

How long can you hold a wall handstand? Here is a really simple way to look at things while being upside down.

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> Level 3    Guardian          03 min+
> Level 2    Fit human         90 sec+
> Level 1    Homo sapiens      45 sec+
- - - - -
~ sub:level  demi-sapiens      10 sec
… non:level  non-fit creature  00 sec

Everyone should be able to hold at least close to a minute. This is nothing extreme and more than a reasonable benchmark to consider as a bare minimum from a human (hence Homo sapiens) with basic functional abilities, and if not, why not, and why not better your self by setting a higher (as proposed) standard to aim for.

I am not trying to offend anyone. I am just saying what I believe to be the potential of almost everyone. Healthy functional human being, no matter (in most cases) the age, should be able to hold about a minute of wall handstand. There are infinite benefits that derive from this simple low skill ability, yet similarly to health taken for granted, you don’t appreciate it until you lose it.

Introduction of wall handstand standard is only the first of many to follow, all of which share the same, arguably controversial, rank naming system. I do intend to address, my reasoning for and benchmark logic of this system, more in depth in a separate post, so that in addition to the obvious, I can refer to it anytime I write about standards in general.

You are free to argue, how you are in fact in good health and consider yourself to have basic functional abilities. Can you hold a wall handstand question is silly, proves nothing and I am simply in the wrong. Which brings us to the issue of standards, what are they, why are they and why should anyone or I for that matter be the one to set them? Well, I had to set some for myself and others around me and I genuinely believe you can benefit from them as well. You are free to set your own standards, they can be much tougher or a lot lower than those proposed here. So let’s consider some objective reasons why someone could have a potential issue with a wall handstand hold.

common reasons

why you fail early or can’t hold a wall handstand
  • you are either to weak in general, to heavy, or both, to hold a wall handstand
  • your upper body is underdeveloped and–or lost the necessary strength
  • your coordination is depressed and you lack minimal skill for it
  • your shoulders lack basic flexibility and–or are also too weak
  • you have shoulder and–or elbow stabilisation issues
  • your wrists are weak, they can’t hold your weight
  • your whole back is weak and your posture is bad

valid reasons

why you can’t–shouldn’t hold a wall handstand
  • you have a known medical issue, injury or other disability which unfortunately prevents you to do so, or to even try it
  • you are afraid of trying and–or also don’t trust your self you could do it safely without someone experienced to help–teach you
  • various other issues that could contribute to this not being safe

excuses

why you can’t or reject to hold a wall handstand
  • this proves nothing and you don’t need to prove nothing
  • this is a stupid exercise, there are no benefits to it
  • I am not a gymnast, I don’t workout, etc
  • this is kids stuff and I am too old
  • some really good excuse you just came up with

I could go on but there will never be a shortage of reasons, nor excuses why you can’t or shouldn’t do a wall handstand. I named only a few from the top of my head. Similarly there is no shortage of reasons in favour of wall handstand, to why it’s worth the trouble, not so much of regular practice but for achieving–maintaining the ability of safely holding a wall handstand at will.

Even if you disagree about much of what I’ve said, we can probably agree, that the only way to ever better your self in anything is to evaluate where you are right now. Setting and achieving goals (and standards) works just like navigation. Your navigational app assumes your starting point is your current location (ability), in any case, without your starting location your navigational app can’t show you the route (directions) to reach your desired destination (goal).

Setting higher standards, both for my self as for others was always primal to how I think and act, never with intent to shame, on the contrary, but to encourage everyone to aim for a higher standard than majority will ever set-out for them self. Give yourself a chance for far more, once you humbly accept where you stand in relation to you goal.

As harsh as it may seem at first, Level 1 is and should be more than realistically achievable to anyone lacking valid reasons that would prevent you, that with time and effort, you work your way up and improve.

how long can you hold a wall handstand?

standards by marckgoran

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> Level 3    Guardian          03 min+
> Level 2    Fit human         90 sec+
> Level 1    Homo sapiens      45 sec+
- - - - -
~ sub:level  demi-sapiens      10 sec
… non:level  non-fit creature  00 sec

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