The client will start by flipping up into a handstand with a grip that is symmetrical. Once up, the client will need to keep good handstand mechanics, such as neutral posture, toes pointed, and keeping the shoulders, core, and quadriceps active.
Because a neutral grip is used during this movement it will make balancing more difficult, leaving less room for error. It is important to become very comfortable with a static freestanding handstand before moving on to this variation.
The purpose is to provide a more challenging handstand variations for the client. By gripping a parallette, the client cannot re-position their hands to regain balance. Also, the decreased amount of surface area between the hand and the parallette, when compared to a freestanding handstand, increases its difficulty.
The parallette freestanding handstand can be programed as skill work for the client throughout the week. However, the less proficient the client is with the movement, the closer it should be to the beginning of a workout to make sure mental and physical fatigue do not limit the client's ability to perform the movement.
Other variations include parallette freestanding handstand push-ups, freestanding static handstands, handstand walking with obstacles (incline/decline, steps, etc.), and any of the other handstand variations and drills posted on the Central Athlete YouTube channel.