The one-handed handstand is a feat of strength, dexterity and balance. Your body is upside down in a vertical position, as in a routine handstand, but you just have one hand in contact with the ground. Lots of people associate this style of gymnastics with circus acts or street performers. You do not need to belong to Cirque du Soleil to do a one-handed handstand. However, it’ll certainly take a great deal of practice and perseverance to perfect this stunt.

Step 1

Practice a routine handstand prior to attempting the one-handed version. You need to have the ability to hold a routine handstand easily for at least 30 seconds prior to relocating to this sophisticated handstand.

Step 2

Kick into the handstand. Stand with your dominant leg a step behind your non-dominant leg. Raise your arms directly in the air. Position your hands on the floor and kick your feet into the air. Your back leg and arms should move at the same speed. This is a powerful, quick motion.

Step 3

Tighten your core as you kick into the handstand. This lends support to your body and assists you maintain the handstand position.

Step 4

Keep your head in line with your spine. As soon as you’re inverted, don’t take a look at the floor. Look directly ahead. Adjust your body weight so that it sits over the bottom part of your fingers, near your palm.

Step 5

Spread your legs apart and move them in the direction of the hand you prepare to continue the floor. As you shift your weight, raise your other hand gradually off the ground.

Step 6

Hold this position. You’re now doing a one-handed handstand. Practice holding the position steady without any wavering of your body.