Handstand Push up Progressions

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I’ve seen plenty of guys do military press with their body weight and I’ve seen a few do double their weight with this exercise, and I can testify that those lifts are all quite impressive.

NOW… if you were to ask one of those guys to do and handstand push-up with only their body weight then eking out 1 or 2 reps is probably what we would see.

If you think about it there are only handling their body weight (in fact a little less since we aren’t really factoring in the lifting of the arms) so you would think since they can already press this why are they struggling so much with this exercise?

Well it’s pretty much the equivalent of doing lat pull-downs with your body weight for x reps but noticing when you do pull-ups you don’t match that rep number.

So why is this that these two movement’s are virtually the same BUT these body weight movements just seem to bury people?

Well I’ll save that answer for another blog.

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