The client will start by flipping up into a handstand by placing the hands shoulder width apart and using the legs to kick off the ground. To keep good handstand mechanics the client should keep neutral posture, point their toes, and keep their shoulders, core, and quadriceps active.
To maintain balance, the client should be in a tight hollow position while using the hands to grip into the floor. This will help add more active surface area for the hand to balance with.
The purpose of the freestanding handstand is to gain coordination and strengthen the entire body as a whole.
The 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.
Variations include Forearm Headstand, Headstand, Chinese Handstand, Freestanding Handstand Straddle, Parallette Freestanding Handstand, Handstand Walk, handstand walking with obstacles (incline/decline, steps, etc.), and any of the other handstand variations and drills posted on the Central Athlete YouTube channel.