The client will start by flipping up into a handstand while keeping good mechanics: neutral posture, toes pointed, and keeping the shoulders, core, and quadriceps active. Once achieved, the client will let the toes slightly lean forward, without the back going into extension, to allow momentum to move the body forward.
Flaring the legs too far forward to the point where midline stability is lost puts lots of added stress on the lumbar spine. For clients with long-term goals and want longevity in their chosen sport or activity, it is worth the time to learn proper mechanics to keep this movement safe and efficient.
The purpose is to gain balance, control, and strength the entire body while being inverted. This skill is a commonly tested in the sport of fitness, but is still a fun skill for anyone to learn.
Handstand walking can be used in many different ways depending proficiency of the movement. Beginners should use this in controlled sets with ample rest for better focus on the movement, while more experienced athletes may perform this in conditioning pieces and other modalities where the athlete is challenged.
Other variations include static handstand, handstand walking with obstacles (incline/decline, steps, etc.), and any of the many handstand drills posted on the Central Athlete YouTube channel