How to Learn to Walk on Your Arms

When I was little, I knew children who could walk in their arms. I figured almost anyone could do this if they bother trying to learn things like cartwheel or cycling, for example. I couldn’t, but I just didn’t want to . Someday I will practice and then I will become a master of hand-walking.

(This is probably the age at which I thought ice skating gave you magical jumping and spinning abilities. Then one day I saw a skater on TV jumping in socks in some gym and my brain exploded. )

But let’s just say that you were willing to take the time and practice. What could you do?

This video claims to teach you how to walk on your hands and then switch to them in five minutes. I’m not sure if I would buy a chart, but there are a couple of good tips here:

  • Walking on your hands is easier than standing on your hands. I think I kind of believe that: you don’t have to be perfectly balanced, you just have to catch yourself at every step to keep from falling.
  • You constantly bend from side to side to transfer weight from hand to hand.
  • Another tip fromthis video, in which two CrossFit athletes do laps on a treadmill: Wear gloves. They are like shoes for hands.

When all of this becomes too easy for you, try going up or down the slope or even stairs. And on that note, here’s your final inspiration for an inverted challenge : dream of the day you canchase someone upside down stone stairs in the name of international glory :


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