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17 2010

I want to do a handstand

I want to learn how to do a handstand.

I recall there used to have gym classes during the usual PE slots at some point way back in Secondary School where we were trained in stuff like these – backward flips, headstands, handstands and what-have-yous.

So, how I used to do a ‘handstand’ (in apostrophes, because I wouldn’t call those proper handstands) back then was to attempt a flip by supporting both hands on the ground and flinging both legs upwards – and two people will be on standby to grab them.

Unfortunately, due to the short duration of those ‘gym classes’ (they lasted only about 4-5 weeks, or 4-5 forty-minute PE sessions per week), we never ventured beyond attempting handstands without having anyone grabbing our legs.

What I can do now is err … I don’t know what to call it. It’s like a partial handstand – with one hand and one leg supporting my body weight instead of both hands.

Like so.

Flips in progress!
Taken in Perth, Australia in May 2009 – when I had short hair.

(No, don’t look at the bronze fella’s awesome handstand. Always pay attention to the underdog, I say!)

I attempt this all the time – at home when I’m bored, and especially in pictures when I’m in one of those quirky moods. You might have seen me attempt them in front of you, or you might also have seen me fall over in the process of doing one. (Pokes Ivy, Dayna and Cherlynn at this point.)

But, I want to do a proper handstand.

Just like that bronze fella you see in the above picture.

For obvious reasons, a couple of friends who have heard my plans are not too supportive (and rightly so too) about it, but I still want to try it anyway.

Just one successful handstand is enough to make me very happy.

Handstands, anyone?

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  • 18 Apr 2010
    12:55 AM


    I’ve never been able to do a proper handstand or cartwheel… heck even cross the monkey bars. This is due to weak wrists, and also being over weight. *sigh* Even your partial hand stand makes me jealous!

    I say go for it! Learn how to do a *proper* hand stand! Pictures or it didn’t happen lol!

  • 18 Apr 2010
    7:20 PM


    Can’t do, won’t do. My sisters used to do the “hold my legs” thing for me… until the eldest let go and I crumbled in a heap on the floor, hurting my neck. Ah, sisters. <3 This led to a permanent fear of handstands, so I salute you if you manage to learn it and have the guts to do it.

    You can do cartwheels, right? Consider a handstand a frozen cartwheel! …or… something?

    • 18 Apr 2010
      10:20 PM


      Nooooo! I’ll only be content with a proper handstand! :P

  • 20 Apr 2010
    7:31 AM


    Can’t do it either. Maybe someday when I’m strong and powerful and can actually ride a bike for more than 10 minutes, I’ll try to do a handstand… but until then… I want to get better at biking. :)

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