Planks That Help You Handstand

These variations will take you from horizontal to vertical.

“A lot of the strength conditioning and proper technique required to perform handstands can be accessed by plank work, allowing you to build from the ground up,” says New York City-based Equinox trainer and instructor Alicia Archer. After all, a handstand is just an upright plank.
 
These five variations help build the total-body control necessary to defy gravity. Listed in order of difficulty, they can be incorporated into other workouts or performed together as a standalone total-body workout.