The simplest entrance into the move is by starting in a press-up style position, and kicking each leg up to get into the handstand position, however it is not uncommon for free runners to push into a handstand without momentum from a kick using only their upper body strength. The most common form is with a fully straight body, or sometimes a slightly arched back. It is possible to make the handstand easier to balance by splitting the legs, which lowers the centre of gravity.
With sufficient upper body strength, there are many variations of the handstand which are possible and frequently seen in free running videos.
- Handstand walking
- It is common to see free runners walking on their hands while in a handstand position, even up or down stairs or other obstacles.
- One handed handstand
- Shifting all weight onto one hand, and balancing with only that hand touching the ground
- Tucked planche to handstand
- Starting in a tucked planche position, the athlete presses up into a full handstand using just their upper body strength. This can be done with bent arms, or, with more difficulty, straight arms.
- The athlete shifts their balance so that their legs are reaching low down behind their back and come close to touching the ground. This requires a large amount of flexibility, and also for their upper body to be shifted in the opposite direction to keep balance.
- Handstand precision
- Handstand tutorial. Beastskills.com