The client will start by flipping up into a handstand and keep good handstand mechanics, such as neutral posture, toes pointed, and keeping the shoulders, core, and quadriceps active. Once this is achieved, the client will begin to spread their feet into a straddle and come back to the starting position.
The flexibility in the groin and other inner thigh muscles will be a limiting factor for how far of a straddle that can be performed.
The purpose is to provide a more challenging handstand variations for the client. Adding movement to the legs will cause a greater precision when balancing on the hands.
The freestanding handstand straddle 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 straddle press to handstand, freestanding handstand, and any of the other handstand variations and drills posted on the Central Athlete YouTube channel.