Ben Lowrey's showstopper workshops are fun classes designed to progress students towards a solid and confident handstand.
We will work on a wide range of exercises designed to progress flexibility, strength, endurance, alignment and balance.
We will work in pairs to spot each other and also against the wall to develop a confident and controlled entry into the handstand.
The class is enjoyable and interactive and there is plenty of opportunity to work in pairs and meet new people. Many people find the journey towards handstand very addictive.
Fitness people will find this class useful to challenge themselves in new ways which are not part of the normal weighting & strength routines.
Yoga, Pole, Dance & Circus people will find this class useful to progress their stability and find ways to incorporate hand-balance into their routines.
We will also practise different leg shape positions as well as walking and cartwheeling into the handstand.
Beginners are welcome, suitable exercises will be given to challenge each individual's abilities.
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Here are some Frequently Asked Questions.
Is the workshop suitable for beginners? Yes, so long as you can hold a plank and a downward dog for 30 seconds each, you have enough body strength for a handstand. Being able to hold a handstand against a wall for at least 10 seconds is another good measure.
Is it suitable for people who can already handstand? Yes. Many of my students have a gymnastic background, or are advanced Yogis who have already mastered handstand to some degree. I will adapt the class to challenge whoever is present. It’s very rare for people to leave my class unchallenged.
Can children attend? Not really. It is an adult class. Teenagers who are big enough to spot an adult are welcome to attend but I would prefer 15 as a minimum age.
What should people wear? Normal comfortable gym/yoga clothes is fine.
Do we work on other inversions besides handstand? Yes we will spend a bit of time on forearm-stand, headstand, and crow variations because they are relevant and fun and challenging, but most of the class will be spent on handstand.
Can you really fill a 90 minute workshop with just handstands? Yes. There is a lot to work on. Flexibility, Strength, Balance. We work in pairs to spot each other and there is a lot of different exercises we will practise. The class is very fast paced and 90 minutes flys by. People are often surprised at how challenging it is.
What type of Handstand is it? Circus Handbalancing. We will train in the way a professional Circus Handbalancer would train. Yoga, Capoeira, Crossfit, Gymnastics, Break dance, all approach handstands in different ways. The strictest form is Circus Handbalancing.