Handstand Push-Up Asymmetry Assessment

The handstand push-up aka the “arm squat” shares the same fundamentals as an actual squat: equal weight distribution between each anchored extremity. The problem is how do you know you have equal weight distribution through your arms during a handstand push-up? Instead of guessing, we can assess! By using a scale and setting up a plate that is equal in height to the scale, you can do handstand push-ups and see how much weight is being placed on one side compared to the other! To perform this assessment, set up a bathroom scale near the wall while also using a plate or mats to match the height of the scale. One hand will be placed on the scale, the other hand on the mat or plates as you kick up onto the wall. Once on the wall in a handstand, complete 2-3 reps of a strict handstand push-up. As you progress you may wish to complete more reps and see if the numbers change under fatigued conditions. You can use your phone to record the scale or glance at it as you're doing the rep to see how much force is being put into the scale. Next, take a rest break for 1-2 minutes or as long as you need. Then, perform this assessment on the other side.  Prehab Goals & Normative Values: The weight being place through both arms should be within 90% of each other  Take the assessment, write down your score, and track your progress throughout the program.
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