Hand-Balancing for Muscular Development by Bill HInbern

…And Build Incredible Upper-Body Strength
and Power with The Lost Art of Hand-Balancing!

Despite the recent surge in popularity of bodyweight training, I find a curious lack of one form of training that I was sure would be making a comeback in a big way.

What I am talking about is the lost art of hand-balancing which used to be a big part of the training routines of many of the greatest strength names of the 20th century: Otto Arco, Bert Goodrich, John C. Grimek, Joe Gold (founder of the famous Gold’s Gym), Sig Klein, Jack LaLanne, Steve Reeves, Armand Tanny, Ottley Coulter…

The list of strength Hall of Famers who were also hand-balancing experts goes on and on.

The art of hand-balancing, of course, goes back centuries before that. Even a hundred years ago, the famous “Oldtime Strongmen” were known for much more than their ability for hefting heavy weights. They were the proverbial “Jacks of all trades,” when it came to feats of strength and skill. Sure barbells and dumbbells were a part of their training, but they were also masters of boxing, wrestling, gymnastics, and several other components of oldtime physical culture. Many were as adept at performing bodyweight feats as they were at lifting any barbell.

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They could easily do press-ups, handstand dips, tiger bends, planches, one-arm handstands, walking on their hands and other impressive hand-balancing feats. Combining hand balancing and other forms of bodyweight training along with correct progressive weight work led to a level of physical development unmatched in today’s world, despite modern advancements.

Speaking of “modern,” it is truly amazing how such simple and valuable training information, such as the art of hand-balancing, can fall by the wayside yet that is exactly what has happened…

Suitable step-by-step information and illustrations are and have been woefully lacking. You will find very little, if any, modern sources on hand-balancing available anywhere… until NOW that is.
Hand-Balancing Builds Strength in
Ways That No Barbell Can Match

In 1930, Strength Legend George Jowett wrote this about hand-balancing:

“No doubt you will have noticed that invariably all hand-balancers have splendidly formed arms and each has a firm powerful hand clasp. I have found that hand balancers on the whole have a more perfectly formed arm — particularly the forearms and wrist — than the weight-lifter.

The hand-balancer employs the hand and wrist much more than does the lifter of weights and what is more interesting, he employs the arm muscles as well as the grip in many unusual ways — ways not possible to the exercise fans who handle weights only. No doubt knowledge of this diversified method of development is what makes the mass of European strength athletes so partial to the practice of hand-balancing.

The average American strength athlete could practice this valuable pastime of hand-balancing more consistently than he does.”

Jowett was one of the strongest men of all time; he would know… Of course, it should be obvious that the incredible wrist power and stability built from hand-balancing would be very valuable for EVERY athlete.

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The two biggest issues that we hear from folks who would love to
begin a program but haven’t yet are: a) I don’t have room for equipment, and b) I don’t have time to go to the gym. No need to worry about those excuses EVER again.

Thanks to strength author, historian, and publisher Bill Hinbern, the lost art of hand-balancing lives again. You probably know Bill Hinbern best because of his high-quality reprints of classic training guides (many of which we feature on our various websites.)
The Course That Shows You Exactly
Where to Begin …and More!

1. The very specific and exact ways that your body maintains a sense of balance and why understanding them will be critical to your hand-balancing success.

2. How to solve the common problems of unbalancing and overbalancing.

3. The best way to fall correctly.

4. How your hands and fingers must be positioned for the perfect handstand.

5. The 16 preliminary exercises (with and without equipment) that you can use to build a solid foundation.

6. The 4 basic parts of the perfect hand balance and why you will end up flat on your face if you leave out any of them.

7. The 3 simplest ways to “get up” into the handstand position.

8. Where to properly position your gym mats when you practice.

9. The best “type” of surface for the most effective hand balancing training and which surfaces to avoid.

10. The 2 keys to practicing hand balancing with or without a partner.

11. How to perform The Headstand, The Handstand, The Frogstand and 7 more basic hand-balancing moves.

12. How to condition your hands, fingers, wrists and forearms for supporting your bodyweight with a unique exercise called “The Gargoyle.”

13. The finer points of “The Press-Up Handstand,” “Half-Lever Swing Up,” “The Chairstand” and 12 more Intermediate hand-balancing movements.

14. Why “The Tiger Bend” is one of the most effective exercises and how to use it to build strong, powerful arms.

15. Twenty Advanced Handbalancing moves guaranteed to impress anyone.

16. Seven different methods for progressing to the one armed hand stand.

17. How to perform “The Snap Down” – a spectacular way of finishing off your hand-balances.

18. Four different variations of “The Planche.”

19. Mastering the Press-Up from Planche to Handstand.

20. How to walk up and down stairs on your hands.

21. “Hopping” on one hand, two hands and stacking and removing blocks.

22. The handstand from the seated position.

23. The most difficult part of the Backward Roll up into The Handstand and how to conquer it easily.

24. How to train for the MOST impressive hand-balancing feat of all.

25. Four different stretching exercises for maintaining strong, flexible shoulders.

26. The ONE most important thing to remember above all else for hand-balancing success.

27. A full resource section for all equipment described and used in the course.

As you can see, the information found in this course is extensive, and (along with a lot of practice) will help you become a master of hand-balancing in no time flat. Click the order button below and open a whole new world of strength and development.

Train hard,

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P.S. Emerson said “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Master the Art of Hand-Balancing and you’ll certainly stand out in any crowd, especially in today’s training environment.

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Hand Balancing for Muscular Development by Bill Hinbern


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Handbalancing: Even Big Guys Can Do It

I’m about as far removed from a typical gymnast as you can get. Not only am I 6’5″ and very firmly in the heavyweight class, I’m also bottom-heavy (i.e. I carry a lot of weight in my legs) which makes me ill-suited to any type of handbalancing…yet I’ve still become pretty decent. Check this out:

The “Secrets” of handbalancing, if there are any, are simply knowing what to do and then putting in plenty of practice time. I’m not ready to run off and join the circus quite yet, but I can still impress the neighbors any time I want. Of course, handbalancing isn’t just about showing off, the upper-body strength and shoulder stability built through handbalancing have gone a long way toward improving pressing power and other facets of upper body strength — so it will pay to add some practice to your program.
I’m about as far removed from a typical gymnast as you can get. Not only am I 6’5″ and very firmly in the heavyweight class, I’m also bottom-heavy (i.e. I carry a lot of weight in my legs) which makes me ill-suited to any type of handbalancing…yet I’ve still become pretty decent. Check this out:

The “Secrets” of handbalancing, if there are any, are simply knowing what to do and then putting in plenty of practice time. I’m not ready to run off and join the circus quite yet, but I can still impress the neighbors any time I want. Of course, handbalancing isn’t just about showing off, the upper-body strength and shoulder stability built through handbalancing have gone a long way toward improving pressing power and other facets of upper body strength — so it will pay to add some practice to your program.