HSPU: Hand Stand Push Up

The handstand push-up (press-up) - also called the vertical push-up (press-up) - is a type of push-up exercise where the body is positioned in a handstand.

For a true handstand, the exercise is performed free-standing, held in the air. For CrossFit the handstand push up is performed against a wall.

What it works:
Handstand push-ups increase the load on the triceps brachii muscles significantly over regular push-ups, with the arms having to hold almost 100% of the body's weight rather than an average of 70% during normal push-ups. Load is also shifted from the Pectoralis major muscle to the Anterior deltoids and Lateral deltoids.

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