acrobatics

Hypermonkey 1 Min Tip: Reverse Shoulder Roll

Ok Hypermonkeys! For today's 1 Min Tip, I’ll be going over an easy stretch that everybody does, yet with a little more detail than the usual. The move we’ll be working on today is the reverse shoulder roll. It’s probably something you all have done since your school days, in sports, or physical education(if you had it).

The first thing to keep in mind while doing this combo is that your main focus in on the lats and the traps. You want to pay attention to keeping the shoulder neutral and in a relaxed position.

Once you begin your reverse shoulder roll. Pay attention to your arm when it gets behind your back. From personal experience with clients, I found that once they finish getting their hand overhead they completely relax their arm and let it drop behind their back. Lets not try to do that and be more mindful of our movement!

As your bicep lines up with your ear, outstretch up to activate the lat and keep it activated during the rest of the rotation.

Catch the full video here!

Also if you are looking to really develop your foundational range of motion and flexibility for acrobatics, check out the GMB Focused Flexibility program here: http://www.lostartofhandbalancing.com/go/focusedflexibility/

Try out any of the courses at the Lost Art of Hand Balancing website to increase your Inversion Skills!

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Hypermonkey Acrobatic Attributes – Kickup Coordination and Strength

Allright Hypermonkeys! Today I’ll be showing you a nice way to build up the strength of your kick up into the handstand! Whats great about this move is that its a nice diversion from the usual lead up stunts. It also helps you with your hip-hinging, driving power from the floor, as well as your mindful body feel! The move we’ll be working on is called the Frogger to Banzai Hop from the Gold Medal Bodies Elements Program.

The first thing you want to do is start in a deep squat position and make sure your arms are on the inside of your legs.

Up next, get your arms in a locked position and load them onto the floor. Once you’ve put the load on your hands, drive your hips up and let them fall naturally forward.

Once your legs land, get into an overhead squat position and complete a small hop.

Continue with this combo for about a minute, being mindful about whats happening with your body!

You can catch the action in the video below!

This combo came from the Gold Medal Bodies Elements Program. If you’re interested in delving more into developing your acrobatic foundation go here: http://www.lostartofhandbalancing.com/go/elements/

Try out any of the courses at the Lost Art of Hand Balancing website to increase your Inversion Skills!

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Hypermonkey Acrobatic Attributes: Shoulder Opener

Hey Hypermonkeys!

Before i get started on our next update to our Hypermonkey Acrobatics Attributes series, I'd like to talk about a program called Bodyweight Burn. It's a total body workout that will help you build an athletic body while burning the fat. If you can't work with me, this is an inexpensive program that I suggest you try. Now I can sit here and type out a quick review, but I think Steve from Man vs Weight did an excellent review which you can find here. Don't forget to check it out and now on to the Shoulder Opener!

One of the keys to that foundation is to have loose muscles that can react and move in 3d. The Shoulder Opener Stretch is a great way to open up your shoulders and increase mobility to your posterior side while up in an inverted position!

The Shoulder Opener is a great way to open up your rhomboids, traps, scapula, and lats.

One of the key factors to doing the move correctly is to make sure the shoulders stay in a neutral position. You can easily accomplish this by placing your shoulder blades on a wall and using that as a focus point.

Pull one arm across the mid-line of your chest and use the opposing arm to pull it in place. Rather than pressing the arm towards your body, think about pulling your arm to the opposite side.(For my martial arts folks, think sticky hands!)

Here's the 1 min tip for you!

Don’t forget a lot of these great tips were inspired by our friends from Gold Medal Bodies. So if you are looking to really develop your foundational range of motion and flexibility for acrobatics, check out the GMB Focused Flexibility program here: http://www.lostartofhandbalancing.com/go/focusedflexibility/

Try out any of the courses at the Lost Art of Hand Balancing website to increase your Inversion Skills!

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Hypermonkey Acrobatic Attributes: The A-Frame

Hey Hypermonkeys! As most of you know, I do a bunch of work on Lost Art of Handbalancing we are always looking for ways to sharpshoot the effectiveness ofyour training with handbalancing and luckily we’ve found a great resource from our friends at Gold Medal Bodies. This new set of videos that were inspired by the wealth of information in their foundational programs will simultaneously develop your strength, mobility, and biomechanics needed for acrobatics.

Here is thefirst video in the Acrobatic Attributes Series: The A Frame

The A Frame is a great position to work on in order to build your hip and back strength and mobility. It will teach you how to use your hips for lead up stunts like the kick-up wall handstand or the kick-up in general!

You want to start out in an Athletic Stance and then bring your hands to the floor.

One of the key components you want to pay attention to is the straightening of your legs and back while keeping your biceps by your ears and driving your hip up!

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Be sure to check out the full 1 min. tip below.

Also if you are looking to really develop your foundation for anything in your acrobatic skillset check out the GMB Elements program here: http://www.lostartofhandbalancing.com/go/elements/

Try out any of the courses at the Lost Art of Hand Balancing website to increase your Inversion Skills!

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