About a year ago, I decided to make a handstand a serious goal of mine.
So I decided to practice balancing on my hands at least five days per week. After about five months, I was still doing the classic "banana" handstand. I couldn't get my body into a straight line. When you do something every day, you feel as though you are certainly improving, but I wasn't. If I was, it was at a very slow pace, because the way I was training—back-against-the-wall handstand and practicing kicking up from the open floor—was not effective.
During the fifth month of my journey to a straight line, I moved to Boulder, Colorado. I made the move to train with Matthew Bernstein, a movement and gymnastics coach at CrossFit Sanitas. As a student of Ido Portal, I knew exactly what Matt was about. I knew if I came here and trained with him as much as I could, I would get massive improvement in a shorter amount of time.
I was right. From months five to six, I went from looking like a banana and not being able to hold a handstand to a 60-second freestanding straight line.