Want to master the handstand push-up? Learn with us 

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Push-ups are one of the most common forms of exercise which can hit several groups of muscles, offering numerous health benefits with few notable risks. 

One of the most effective ways of pushups is handstand push-ups. A handstand push-up is just like a normal push up but instead of doing the push-up parallel to the ground, you have to do the push-up inverted. The problem is that handstand push-ups are technical and finicky. One mistake could result in serious injury. Handstand push-ups are a skill that takes years to master for certain individuals. But when you don’t start practicing, you will never get better at them.

Handstand push-ups, known by many names, including vertical push-ups, inverted push-ups, or commandos, handstand push-ups test the body’s ability to do push-ups in an inverted position. It is considered an efficient way of building the muscles of the shoulder, upper body, core as well as glutes, provided there are no prior worries about the injury. When you are attempting to perfect the push-up, handstand push-ups also help.

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According to fitness experts, there is a secret, an effective drill to quickly master handstand push-ups.

How to practice

  • Start with two ab mats or pillows.
  • Lower yourself down as much as possible so that your forehead almost hits an ab mat or pillow.
  • Keep your abs tight and your shoulders pulled back.
  • The elbow should be held inward, close to the sides.
  • Push yourself back up in the starting position.

Pro tips

Initially start with two ab mats or pillows. when you become comfortable, you can remove one and make it harder.

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